As lay associates, sisters and brothers of the Ireland England Province of the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus & Mary, we are priviliged to be able to offer you some thoughts and reflections on our Sunday readings. We start this sharing with homilies that have been prepared for Advent 2018, beginning with the Vigil Mass for Dec. 1st.  Many of our lay associates, sisters and brothers have contributed to putting together for the first time, homilies which cover every Sunday of the Liturgical year.  We hope that you will find this service to be of assistance to you in your ministry or just as an opportunity for you to reflect and to pray on the various themes that these reading have to offer us.

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5.  All homilies from Trinity Sunday to the Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time can be accessed by clicking here.
 Each week on a Monday, we will try to post the homily for the following w/e on this Homily Homepage.  (See previous homilies at the bottom of the page)   


What a wonderful thing that God entrusts us, has total confidence in us, wants US to cooperate with Him in bringing His Love, Mercy and Compassion to ALL. We can have no doubt that God intends NO ONE to live without the knowledge and assurance of His Love for them, for we read in Holy Scripture of the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ on the Cross, given freely once, for ALL and because we too have been the recipients of that love and therefore know something of it.

Because we are so loved, Jesus wants us to be successful in all we do in His Name and so He gives us clear, loving guidance as He sends us out. Guidance that will protect, nable and give us courage. “Pray earnestly.” Remain connected to the source of Love.  For Jesus knows that we can go in no other way to fulfil His Mission of Love. We read in John 15:5 ‘I am the vine, you are the branches, if you remain in me and I in you, you will produce much fruit, apart from me you can do nothing.’

Jesus wants us to be clear as we go, that our journey will be challenging, for we go as ‘lambs amongst wolves,’ but we need have no fear as Jesus’ Resurrection power, strength and protection go with us. Our part is to keep our focus on Him alone. Isaiah 26:3( NLT) encourages us with this promise from God that he himself experienced: ‘You will keep in Perfect Peace all those who trust in You. All whose thoughts are fixed on You.’

In all our encounters, it is so reassuring to hear Jesus say to us: ‘when you meet barren soil, move on to fertile ground’ Luke 10:10-11, but He also asks us to to give a word of challenge , some indication that what we bring is life giving and there is a choice to be made. Wherever we go and whatever we do in His Name, we rejoice not in our own abilities( tempting!) but rejoicing that His is the Glory, rejoicing that we have one on whom we can totally rely and who will always provide. ‘Results’ no longer have the same importance they once had, for we know now that all we do and are, comes through Him and Him alone.

We will meet obstacles, resistance and rejection but we have a Heavenly Father who, through the sacrificial death of His Son, defeated death, so any obstacles we meet, He is able to overcome as are we, as we surrender our circumstances to Him. In his book ‘Be still and Listen’ Amos Smith quotes Henry David Thoreau “ It’s not what you look at but what you see.” Seeing clearly, as Jesus sees, protects us we are more able to discern potentially harmful situations and so either avoid them or see them as ground for
sharing His Love. We begin to discover and affirm with our lips and our lives that ‘In Jesus we have everything,’ a phrase used on our website.

We already have all the tools we need! Gifts from Him that enable us to travel safely, sharing His Love courageously in word and deed. As we follow His guidance, His teaching to travel lightly, we begin to slowly understand, often sporadically, that He really does supply all our needs, that when we fix our gaze on the source of our life, ’stuff’ that was once so important ,becomes less so when brought under Him. Focusing on Jesus helps us not to be distracted, helps us to “ greet no one on the road,” to not be  drawn away into unhelpful encounters that distract and disable us spiritually, rendering us ineffective in sharing, in living the Good News. 

We are sent to share His life enhancing, energising, Peace which heals, restores and renews. As we read in Philippians 4:7: ‘And The Peace of God which passes all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

’He will keep us safe in all our ways and doings. As we travel, we discover to our delight that He is already ahead of us, in people and circumstances and that our task is to ‘ till the fertile soil’ (Richard Rohr.) It begins to dawn on us slowly, that Malcolm Guite is correct when in one of his sonnets he says:
“The dark is bright with quiet lives, steady lights undimmed” and we are so grateful for Jean Vaniers’s insight that “ It is those we reject who heal us,” as we begin to experience this truth in our own lives.

In the words of the old hymn( words Edward Turney)
I will go in the strength of the Lord
In the path He has marked for my feet
I will follow the light of His Word
Nor shrink from the dangers I meet
His presence my steps shall attend
His fullness my wants shall supply
On Him, till my journey shall end
My hope shall surely rely.

Edward Turney continues
His wisdom will guard me from harm
His power my sufficiency prove
I will trust His omnipotent arm
I will rest in His covenant Love.
May we find these words to be increasingly true in our lives. Amen.
To the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary Honour and Glory!


5.   All homilies from Trinity Sunday to the Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time can be accessed by clicking here.

4.   All homilies from the 4th Sunday of Easter to the Feast of Pentecost can be accessed by clicking here.

3.   All homilies from the 4th Sunday of Lent to the 3rd Sunday of Easter can be accessed by clicking here.

2.  All homilies from the 4th Sunday in Ordinary time to the 3rd Sunday of Lent can be accessed by clicking here.

1.  All homilies for Advent up to the third Sunday in Ordinary time can be accessed by clicking here.