Apr 24, 2019

HOMILY FOR VIGIL MASS OF ANZAC DAY

If you asked people right after the First World War who was the quintessential Anzac, many would have responded Albert Jacka.Described as ‘Australia’s greatest front-line soldier’, Jacka signed up for the 14th Battalion of the Australian Imperial Force, arriving in Anzac Cove on 26 April 1915.

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Apr 18, 2019

HOMILY FOR THE CHRISM MASS

On Corcovado Mountain in Rio de Janiero stands the famous statue of Cristo Redentor (Christ the Redeemer) – probably the most famous statue of Jesus in the world. Christ with His arms outstretched evokes the Creator-Provident God, supreme over the cosmos, holding creation in being and pouring out His blessing upon it.

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Apr 14, 2019

HOMILY FOR THE MASS OF PALM SUNDAY OF THE PASSION OF THE LORD

Quite a mood swing. One moment it’s ‘Hosanna, Praise the king’ (Lk 19:28-40), next it’s ‘Crucify him’ (Lk 22:14-23:56). One moment high as a kite, waving palms, singing and dancing, so excitedly the very stones seem to cry out; next it’s down in the dumps, full of anxiety and foreboding, looking for a scapegoat.

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