THE CHURCH IS BUILT ON ROCK Mt 16:13-19

Vigil: Acts 3:1-10/Ps 19/Gal 1:11-20/Jn 21:15-19.
Day: Acts 12:1-11/Ps 34/2 Tm 4:6-8.17-18/Mt 16:13-19

For many centuries the undisputed interpretation of the text we have for today’s Gospel supported both the Primacy of the role of Peter among the apostles and provided part of the scriptural support for the Church’s understanding of the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Today, there are so many different interpretations given by anyone and everyone who considers themselves an authority on the matter. However, I am yet to hear one good argument that indicates the Catholic Church has got its interpretation wrong. In fact, the Catholic understanding, in my opinion, is the only one that stands up to any sort of rigorous theological and scriptural investigation.

Today we celebrate the Feast of Sts Peter and Paul, two of the greatest men of the Church to live. In the Gospel we clearly hear Jesus outlining something of his will to Peter concerning the establishing of the Church and how he, Peter, has a special role in the Church. The Church as an institution is established to protect and guard its essence or charism – the gift of salvation it ministers to the world. It is obvious to anyone with any knowledge of […]

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The call of the Word

On the 5th anniversary of his ordination, Fr Bony Abraham MGL shares personally about the way that the call of Jesus chased him throughout his life and the way that the Word of God sustained him through his hardest times. This homily for the 13th Sunday in Ordinary time was recorded live at St Benedict’s [...]

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The call of the Word

On the 5th anniversary of his ordination, Fr Bony Abraham MGL shares personally about the way that the call of Jesus chased him throughout his life and the way that the Word of God sustained him through his hardest times. This homily for the 13th Sunday in Ordinary time was recorded live at St Benedict’s [...]

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MUCH NEEDED REFORM AND CONVERSION Amos 2:6-10, 13-16

The prophecies of Amos are some of the earliest of all the prophets. His primary concern as we read it today is with the social injustices of his day. Most of his prophecies contain something of a call to a type of revolution that will redistribute the wealth of Israel in a more equitable manner through people living just and holy lives. His is a call to righteousness and holiness as a basis for a way of life, rather than the present reality, to him, where the rich are getting richer and the poor getting poorer. The root cause of this in the prophecies of Amos is the unjust and corrupt dealings of the rich!

There seems to be quite a few parallels with the situation in most countries of our world today. Even in the rich or so-called developed countries there is an ever-growing gulf between the few very rich people and the rest of the people. While there will always be differences in wealth and lifestyle, surely there has to be a point where the difference is so big that it becomes a matter of greed and sin! I am fairly sure Amos would agree with me on this!  […]

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LORD, I AM NOT WORTHY Mt 8:5-17

The above words of the centurion, ‘Lord, I am not worthy’ are words that have echoed through history in the lives of all those who have come to know Christ. There are no truer words than these and if we truly want to take up a life of discipleship, we will have to humble ourselves thousands of times over and repeat them until the truth of them is firmly set in our hearts without any doubts! Yesterday I reflected upon building our spiritual lives upon a firm foundation. Today we are given the very basis of the foundation itself – namely, it is God’s work, not ours; we are not worthy but God, in his infinite love, has chosen to work through each us even though we are weak and fragile vessels for his message of love.

In realising the truth of our unworthiness we can either fall into despair or praise and thanksgiving for the mercy of God. Obviously, the latter is the correct response though it can be difficult to maintain it through the difficulties and trials of life. Despair is something we should always try to avoid, as it is a pit that is very difficult from which […]

By |June 25th, 2016|Daily Scripture|0 Comments

IT IS GOD WHO CALLS US Acts 13:22-26a Birthday of John Baptist

The witness of the Scriptures is unequivocal on this point, namely, that it is God who calls us to follow him and gives us the graces and gifts necessary to carry out the work he has chosen us to do. As a priest I am very aware of this process in that I can clearly identify moments of my life, usually when I was asking God about what he wanted me to do with my life, when God spoke quite clearly to me about his will and purpose for my life. I thank God for this grace as it makes things quite simple for me when temptations to depart from the priestly way of life come, and they can come often! I simply reflect back to those moments when I heard his call for me to follow him and reject the temptation before me to detour from that path.

I firmly believe that God has a plan for each of our lives – it is just a matter of discovering it! This can be a tortuous path for many but tortuous probably for the reason that we bring our own provisos and conditions with us! God loves us all unconditionally. He […]

By |June 24th, 2016|Daily Scripture|0 Comments

GOOD FOUNDATIONS ARE WORTH THE EFFORT Mt 7:21-29

There is little worse in the life of a builder or architect than to realise at the end of a contract that the building just completed does not have the proper foundations. It is probably cheaper to tear the building down and begin again than to try to shore up the original but insufficient foundations. I would like to know how much money has been spent on trying to ensure that the Leaning Tower of Pisa does not eventually topple over! Even taking into account the change in the cost of materials and wages, I would be willing to bet that the cost of the original tower has been spent many times over ensuring that it remains as one of the world’s most popular tourist attractions.

The same is true for our spiritual lives. We can take shortcuts and build our spiritual lives on foundations that are incapable of supporting a mature Christian life or we can take the time and effort and build well, from the beginning. Many newly converted or renewed Christians are so fired up that they want to launch into all sorts of ministries and service of the Kingdom of God, however, they are rarely ready for […]

By |June 23rd, 2016|Daily Scripture|0 Comments

BEWARE FALSE PROPHETS Mt 7:15-20

We live in a day and age of moral and religious relativism. What do I mean by this? Simply that there is a modern culture of acceptance of any and everything that turns up; there is a reticence among most people to be critical of the beliefs of others out of a sort of false irenicism. This should not be the case among Christians. As Christians we believe that the Gospel holds forth certain truths that are the basis of our judgement of religious statements. If something is contrary to the Gospel, then we cannot accept it as being true. This applies to both faith and morality, and not to scientific judgements.

Jesus warns his followers that they are to be wary of false prophets who will ‘dress up’ their doctrines so that they look right but are really not in accordance with the truth of the Gospel. Sometimes the doctrines as such may be all correct but the way of going about living them leads a lot to be desired. For example, there may be a lack of humility or a sense of superiority in the lifestyle of certain movements or sects. It is for this reason we have to […]

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GIVING OTHERS THE BENEFIT OF THE DOUBT Mt 7:1-5

It is very easy to fall into the sin of self-righteousness, that is, easily being able to recognise and judge the sins of others while being partially if not fully blind to our own faults and failings. Today’s Gospel clearly warns us of this danger and labels us hypocrites if we do not avoid it!

I will never forget something my mother told me as a child: “It is easy to destroy something or be critical in judging another person; it is far more difficult to create something or build another person up.” As Christians, it is to the latter of these two positions that we are called. I am not saying that we should never be critical of another person. There are times when we need to correct the sins of others, but we should always do so with the intention of building them up, not destroying their reputation in the presence of others! There is a great difference between the above two options and we need to ensure that our actions rest on the right side of the divide!

If we study the Gospels carefully we will discover that Jesus never seeks to destroy the reputation of anyone. He will […]

By |June 20th, 2016|Daily Scripture|0 Comments

Your heart was pierced

Zec 12: 10-11; 13: 1    Is this a reference to Christ – a prophecy of what will happen in the centuries top come? It is hard for us to be sure of the answers to these questions. Suffice it to say that the Fathers of the Church thought it was and have treated it as one in their writings. It is plausible that from time to time God gave hints to the Jews of what was to come in the future. What is even more important is that we recognize Jesus as the Christ and Messiah and so proclaim him as our redeemer.

Jesus, your heart was pierced as you hung on the cross and out flowed water and blood. I pray that as I gaze on you on the cross I will never forget the depth of your love that meant that you hung there for me.

Gal 3: 26-29    Jesus breaks down all barriers between people. Jesus wants us to see one another as brothers and sisters in him without reference to color or ethnic origins. There is nothing wrong with one or other race or ethnic origin but it is not important in comparison to our single ownership of […]

By |June 19th, 2016|Daily Scripture|0 Comments