SUNDAY HOMILIES

SSCC - SUNDAY HOMILIES FOR ALL YEAR ROUND 

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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7.  All homilies from the 21st to the 24th 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)   

TWENTY-SECOND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME - YEAR C by Fr. Eamon Aylward, sscc

Reflecting on the readings for this Sunday I could not help being reminded of the words of that well known song from the ‘80’s; “O Lord it is hard to be humble when I am perfect in every way”.
The Readings for the 22nd Sunday of this year are characterised by an invitation for each of us to reflect on how real the virtue of humility manifests itself in our day to day life. Sirach calls on us “to perform our tasks with humility”. This reading is placed along side Luke’s Gospel, reminding us of the temptation, in our ordinary social interactions, to put ourselves in “places of honour”, to be full of our own self importance, perhaps even seeking the limelight. 
Today’s emphasis on celebrity encourages this false pursuit, that so often can lead to extreme disappointment, dissatisfaction with oneself and even depression. Over the course of time these feelings can lead on to developing symptoms which impact negatively on our mental health, flowing from feelings of inferiority, lack of acceptance etc. 
Whenever I reflect on humility, I like to recall the words of Mary our mother in the Magnificat. “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord because He who is mighty has done great things for me.“ In these words we can see the core of Mary’s spirituality. “He who is mighty has done great things for me”. Do we really believe that? What are those great things he has done for me? Does my humility allow me to rejoice and give thanks for these great things in my life? 
If I am not able to rejoice and give thanks, if I am not able to see the great things he has done for me, what is stopping me from that awareness? What blockage within me, perhaps a false humility is blinding me to the blessedness of my ordinary human existence? When I am blessed with a true humility this inevitably leads me to a recognition that the other is blessed, imbued with the many gifts bestowed on him/her by our creator. Are we alert to those gifts in those around us? Do we allow ourselves to experience their blessedness?
Last February Pope Francis spoke about humility in one of his morning meditations. He said “Humility is becoming a lost virtue in the modern world. Our digital technology seems to make us think about ourselves all the time. But C.S. Lewis reminds us: “True humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less.” Humility disappears because we are so focused on ourselves that we forget to think about others. We forget that we are as imperfect as everyone around us.
Earlier in his pontificate, Pope Francis reminded us that our call as Christians was to go to those on the margins, to reach out to the needy in all humility and to smell the smell of the sheep, the smell of the needy. This is indeed a powerful exhortation and contrasts sharply with those who seek out the places of honour, and who are engaged with people for their influence or for what they can get in return. The response to the Psalm today is a timely reminder of where our focus must be “God in your goodness you have made a home for the poor” 
This missionary call of Pope Francis also contrasts sharply with many elements of our own institutional Church, reminding us that institutional structures also have to be cleansed and renewed and not just individuals. Images of cardinals, bishops and even lay people with long flowing robes, plumes, funny hats and trains, exude a pomposity that is a far cry from the humility of Mary, and that way of life called for in the Gospels. 
So in our Mass today let us pray to God for a true humility in our own lives and that we may grow in our appreciation of the blessedness of others, and the fact that He who is mighty has also done great things for me.

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7.    All homilies from the 21st to the 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time can be accessed by clicking here.

6.   All homilies from the 17th to the 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time can be accessed by clicking here.

5.   All homilies from Trinity Sunday to the 17th 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.