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.  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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8. Homilies June July        Each Monday, we will try to post the homily for the following w/e on this Homepage.  (See previous homilies below)  

ELEVENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME - Year B by Fr Herman Gomes ss.cc.

To say that the Lord Jesus was a visionary is an understatement! There is no doubt that he could clearly see what was directly in front of him and he could the see “future” that God has planned. This Sunday the readings of the Mass focus on plants; their growth and development. Jesus’ primary “platform”, of course is the Kingdom of Heaven. In the Gospel he starts by saying: To what shall we liken the Kingdom of God… then he compares the Kingdom to a mustard seed- a very interesting analogy. Most people who look at a seed, will see a seed. Many people, however, look beyond what they see in their hand and see the possibility of the plant that will come from this tiny inanimate object.

Let me speak of one of the great visionaries of the United States. A most wonderful event happened in the US in 1955. It was the opening of Disneyland in southern California. At the time, the theme park was dubbed “the happiest place on earth”. This park was the product of the mind and creativity of Walt Disney. Disneyland was such a huge success that in 1965, plans were made for a Disneyworld in Florida.  Walt Disney died in 1966; the park in Florida was opened in 1971. At this opening, a reporter speaking with the widow of Walt, commented that it was too bad that Walt Disney couldn’t be there to see this event. Without missing a beat, Mrs. Disney replied: “You don’t understand, my husband saw this
landmark, that’s why it exists!”

In the same way, Jesus can see the Kingdom of God. It is clear to him that the final resolution of all things in in the hands of his Father. This is what he proclaims and further indicates, that you and I are invited to participate fully in his vision. How you might ask. Just say the Word- and the Word in Jesus himself. He models for us a way, a truth, a life that contributes to the building of the Kingdom. Listen to his words, understand his thinking and follow his actions will allow anyone of us to build/become for others the
Kingdom.

The ultimate goal of the Christian life is union with God. We can only achieve this union with an intimacy and union with the person of Jesus. One very cute and poignant story from a second grade teacher. Two little boys in her class were on the verge of a fist fight at recess. When they returned to the classroom, the teacher corralled one student whose family she knows because they go to the same church. She asked the 7 year old (the trite question) What would Jesus do? The little man thought for a while, he stood up, went to the other boy’s desk, looked him straight in the eyes and said: “It’s a good thing for you that I know Jesus!”

Would that any of us could make that same statement: “It’s a good thing for the world that WE know Jesus!

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2. Homilies for January 

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4. Homilies Feb Mar

5. Homilies Mar Ap

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