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-FIRST SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME - YEAR C by Sr. Irene Barboza sscc

The works of Luke (Gospel and Acts) are addressed to Theophilus, a name which means a friend or lover of God. I interpret this to mean that Luke writes to all of us whom Christ has called to be his disciples and to whom he has entrusted his mission of proclaiming to the world his message of salvation.

As I reflected on today’s readings as a modern day Theophilus’, I felt challenged to look at my relationship with God in the light of my relationship with others and, in particular, my relationship with those whom my society and culture consider “outside or on the margins”. Both the first reading from Isaiah and the Gospel itself make me wonder whom I consider to be “in” and whom I consider to be “out”.

The reading from Isaiah declares that the Lord will gather people from all the nations and they will see and proclaim his glory. No peoples will be left out. Luke’s Gospel, however, has Jesus saying strange words of condemnation, “Depart from me you evildoers!” to people who ate and drank with him and who heard him teaching. These strong words of Jesus are a wake-up call to me to shake off my complacency. Being in Christ’s company and listening to his words are not enough. Is my love of others real and clearly expressed in my attitudes and actions? Do I welcome the stranger, those who are different from me? Do I feed the hungry and clothe the naked? Do people really feel welcomed in my presence and in that of the community?

As the second reading reminds us, we all need to be disciplined by our loving Father so as to bear fruits of righteousness. This Sunday’s readings call us to brace ourselves, make traight our paths and be healed. Or as Jesus said, you may be “cast out”!

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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.