Posts tagged Homily

St Ignatius’ Vision of Christ and the Father at La Storta (Detail), Domenichino (1581–1641), c.1622; Los Angeles County Museum of Art

God so loves the world

Christ wants to reveal the Father to us, wants to let us know him. This is the gift of Faith. It is only by this gift that we can come into that relationship of love which knowing God involves.

Giving of the Keys to S Peter (detail): Pietro Perugino (c.1450–1523), 1481–2; Sistine Chapel

We too have a mission

These two apostles had missions from God. They were prepared through their lives, by the providential working of God in their lives so that when that moment came, when that encounter happened, they were ready to receive the message which Christ had for them. They would let it enter into the heart of their beings, they would let it transform them so that they could fulfil the mission which God had for them. What was true of these great foundations of the Church can be true for us too. God has prepared us to fulfil a mission for him, he wants us to carry his message out into the world in our own particular ways.

Fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom

It was to address our fallen nature that Our Lord came, to free us from the reign of evil, sin and death and make possible our reconciliation with God, the Father. Fear of what the implications might be for our lives or relationships, and the changes it may well require, should not impede our embracing of the way of reconciliation with our Lord.

Corpus Christi

Christ is the Bread of Life

The Body of Christ is the food which gives us the strength to live our entire lives, because the lives which we are called to live are lives which show Christ to the world.

“The Trinity with Christ Crucified” (detail), unknown Austrian painter, c.1425; National Gallery, London

God is love: we also ought to love one another

The revealing of the one God in three Persons, the Holy Trinity, is a revelation of the heart of God for lost humanity to know His divine embrace.

“Pentecost” (detail), Jean Restout the Younger (1692–1768), 1732; Musée du Louvre

Come, thou holy Paraclete

Today we recall and celebrate that historical moment when the power of the Holy Ghost was first poured into the Church.