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

SECOND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME – Year B by Fr Fintan Crotty (RIP Jan 6th 2021)
Felice Pedroni was born in the Appenine range of mountains in Italy in 1855. When his father died he decided to seek his fortune in the U.S and went to New York where he took the name Felix Pedro and eventually got to Alaska. One day out hunting for deer, he found a gold nugget that had dislodged from the hoof of a moose in the snow. He tracked it back to a stream where there were lots of gold nuggets. He triggered a gold rush when he made the news public with the famous saying: ‘There’s gold in them there hills’. A thousand prospectors arrived in Fairbanks working in freezing conditions of –47 degrees Centigrade. Thus began the Alaskan Gold rush.

‘Where your treasure is there will your heart be too.’ That story is an example of one man travelling thousands of miles, risking his life in order to find a doubtful treasure and causing a thousand others to follow in his footsteps. When we value something a great deal we will go to a great deal of trouble to find it.

Jim Bishop wrote a book called ‘The Day Christ Died.’ It contains a very striking passage describing how the Jews felt about the coming of the Messiah. He uses phrases like ‘sweet national obsession’, ‘joy beyond imagining’, happiness beyond belief’, ‘dream of every grey haired person and child’, and ‘the hope of a nation in chains’.

Todays Gospel shows two men seeking that very treasure. John the Baptist pointed out the lamb of God, to two of his followers and they asked not for gold or diamonds but simply: ’Where do you live?’ ‘Come and see.’ And they were to spend a day with him which totally transformed their lives. They found the long awaited Messiah, the one longed for by all of Israel and whom they had been seeking for thousands of years, the pearl of great price.

Jesus often uses the image of someone selling all they have to find the treasure of great price. Andrew and John the Apostle, who many think was the second person, became the first to follow Jesus and establish a historic moment in the history of the Church. Andrew then tells Simon and takes him to Jesus. Jesus looked hard at him called him Cephas which meant Rock. Jesus had found his new leader.

John mentions Andrew three times in the Gospel and each time he is bringing someone to Jesus. First we see Simon, later the young boy with the loaves and fish. That event and miracle, becomes very significant in the history of the New Testament. Finally Andrew brings some Greek people to Christ and the good news spreads further. His enthusiasm never stops, and until his death spreads the Gospel. The treasure is not his, it must be shared.

Today in the first reading we see the old priest Eli sharing his faith with the young boy Samuel. As a result Samuel becomes a great prophet and leader of the Israelites. In the second reading, Paul shares his faith with the Corinthians, and in the Gospel John the Baptist shares his faith with his two disciples and Andrew shares it with his brother Simon.

The thrill of finding Jesus, as the two disciples did, is still there. It began in the streets of Bethany, but Jesus still lives and walks on our streets. We simply ask him where he lives. His reply “I live in you, I live in your neighbour. I live in the Eucharist and in the Scriptures. I can be found in the beauty of the world all around you.” The treasure of great price is all around us. Like Andrew let us find him and share him with joy and gratitude. 


1. Homilies - Sundays of Advent

2. Homilies for January 

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