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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9.   All homilies from the 29th to the 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time can be accessed by clicking here.
Apologies that we had website issues and failed to post the Mission Sunday Homily in time.  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)   

WORLD MISSION SUNDAY: “Baptized and Sent: The Church of Christ on Mission in the World.”

One hundred years ago, on Nov. 30th 1919, Pope Benedict XV issued the first mission document of the 20th century. It takes its title from the opening words of the original Latin text, meaning "that momentous". "that momentous and holy charge" found in Mark 16:15: "Go into the whole world and preach the gospel to all creation."
Pope Benedict goes on to strongly object to three aspects of mission as practised at that time: Congregationalism (Religious Orders over protecting their assigned Mission territories) Nationalism and Western Superiority. Following on from the despair of the First World War and the first rumblings of independence from colonised nations, Benedict XV offered a hopeful vision for the future of the Church. He effectively began internationalising the leadership of the church. It would bear fruit under Benedict’s successor, Pius XI, who ordained bishops for India (1923), China (1926), Japan (1927), Indochina (1937) and Africa (1937).
Pope Francis in his message for Mission Sunday 2019 sees the document of Benedict as offering a “farsighted and prophetic vision….. on the importance of renewing the Church’s missionary commitment and giving fresh evangelical impulse to her work of preaching and bringing to the world the salvation of Jesus Christ, who died and rose again”. Pope Francis continues: “The Church is on mission in the world. Faith in Jesus Christ enables us to see all things in their proper perspective, as we view the world with God’s own eyes and heart. Hope opens us up to the eternal horizons of the divine life that we share. Charity, of which we have a foretaste in the sacraments and in fraternal love, impels us to go forth to the ends of the earth (cf. Mic5:4; Mt 28:19; Acts 1:8; Rom 10:18). A Church that presses forward to the farthest frontiers requires a constant and ongoing missionary conversion.  This missionary mandate touches us personally: I am a mission, always; you are a mission, always; every baptized man and woman is a mission. As far as God’s love is concerned, no one is useless or insignificant. Each of us is a mission to the world, for each of us is the fruit of God’s love”.
While it is not possible for everyone to be involved directly with mission overseas, we can live out our missionary vocation at home in the way we reach out to those we encounter each day. The first reading from Exodus today reminds us that we shouldn’t discount and I don’t know that we can overestimate the value of a supporting role.
I have had the privilege of serving in the poorest country in the world back in the early 1990’s and I know that any good we were able to do was only possible because of the prayers and resources offered to us by our friends and communities back home. In experiencing that amazing support, we regularly had a real sense of being “baptised and sent”. So never discount your concern and contribution to mission overseas.
The 2nd reading from Timothy is reminding us that by baptism each of us is charged to preach the good news and to proclaim Gospel values to all whom we meet and to those who have never before heard of these values and way of life. “To proclaim the word; be persistent whether it is convenient or inconvenient; convince, reprimand, encourage through all patience and teaching”.
In Luke’s Gospel, Jesus is not comparing God to an unjust judge, but saying that if perseverance obtains justice from an unjust judge, how much more from a good and loving father? Like the persistent widow, we are encouraged to never lose heart in the mission entrusted to all of us at Baptism and to recognise that God may not answer your prayers exactly and as quickly as you would like, but he reminds us in this Gospel to persevere in our requests. 
So at our Eucharist today let us pray for all missionaries throughout the world, especially those who are witnessing and proclaiming the Good News in foreign lands and a special prayer for those who may be suffering or stressed in any way.
If you have been gifted with material resources, please give generously to the collection today as all funds go directly to the Holy Fathers missionary projects in foreign territories.
For more information on the Extraordinary Month of Mission called for by Pope Francis, see:


9.   All homilies from the 29th to the 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time can be accessed by clicking here.

8.   All homilies from the 25th to the 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time can be accessed by clicking here.

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.