YEAR B: HOMILY FOR THE 24TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (2) HOMILY THEME: ARE YOU READY TO SUFFER AND DIE FOR YOUR FAITH? 

YEAR B: HOMILY FOR THE 24TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME HOMILY THEME: ARE YOU READY TO SUFFER AND DIE FOR YOUR FAITH? BY: Fr. Abbot Philip Lawrence   HOMILY: My sisters and brothers in Christ, Today we begin to hear more about the sufferings that the chosen one of God must undergo. It is Jesus Himself who is telling us as He told his early followers: I must suffer and die in order to do the will of God. This suffering and death of Jesus challenge us: can we really believe that…

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YEAR B: HOMILY FOR THE 23RD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (2) HOMILY THEME: GOD NEVER ABANDONS US

YEAR B: HOMILY FOR THE 23RD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME HOMILY THEME: GOD NEVER ABANDONS US BY: Fr. Abbot Philip Lawrence   HOMILY: My sisters and brothers in the Lord, The work of God in our lives is so incredible! The gifts of the Lord Jesus to those who follow Him are gifts of the Kingdom of God. Just as God loves us in Christ Jesus and brings healing and wholeness, so we also much touch the lives of one another in the same way. May our burning sands become pools, and…

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YEAR B: HOMILY FOR THE 22ND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (2) HOMILY THEME: LIVE YOUR FAITH

YEAR B: HOMILY FOR THE 22ND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME HOMILY THEME: LIVE YOUR FAITH BY: Fr. Abbot Philip Lawrence,   HOMILY: My sisters and brothers in Christ, Is there anyone who can teach us as Jesus does? Is there any faith tradition that as strong and true as our own? There is no God other than ours, Father, Son and Spirit, that claims to give us the truth about what it means to be human, what it means to believe and what it means to live with complete faith in…

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YEAR B: HOMILY FOR THE 21ST SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (3) HOMILY THEME: WHAT IS YOUR DECISION?

YEAR B: HOMILY FOR THE 21ST SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME HOMILY THEME: WHAT IS YOUR DECISION? BY: Fr. Abbot Philip Lawrence   HOMILY: My sisters and brothers in Christ, What is your decision? God asks us today to decide about Him, to decide about Jesus Christ. Jesus wants us to stay with Him but also to believe in Him. What is your decision? The first reading today is from the Book of Joshua and speaks about the decision of our ancestors in the faith. They also had to decide to serve the…

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YEAR B: HOMILY FOR THE 20TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (2) HOMILY THEME: LIVING WITH GOD

YEAR B: HOMILY FOR THE 20TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME HOMILY THEME: LIVING WITH GOD BY: Fr. Abbot Philip Lawrence,   HOMILY: My sisters and brothers in Christ, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?” – these words from today’s Gospel from Saint John give us the basic question that each of us must answer. Who is Jesus for me? Who is Jesus for us? The early followers of Jesus had to struggle with the words that Jesus gave to them. Even more they had to struggle to…

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YEAR B: HOMILY FOR THE 19TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (2) HOMILY THEME: BREAD FROM HEAVEN 

YEAR B: HOMILY FOR THE 19TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME HOMILY THEME: BREAD FROM HEAVEN BY: Fr. Abbot Philip Lawrence,   HOMILY: My sisters and brothers in the Lord, “Strengthened by that food, he walked forty days and forty nights to the mountain of God, Horeb.” Wow! Strong spiritual food that gave incredible strength. The most important aspect of this account is that Elijah trusted in God’s Word. All of us can do more than we believe we can do when we trust in the Word of the Lord. This first…

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YEAR B: HOMILY FOR THE 18TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (1) HOMILY THEME: PUT AWAY YOUR OLD SELF

YEAR B: HOMILY FOR THE 18TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME HOMILY THEME: PUT AWAY YOUR OLD SELF BY: Fr. Abbot Philip Lawrence   HOMILY: My sisters and brothers in Christ, The readings today reflect what we often feel: “Prove to us that you are God! Do something to show your presence in a way that convinces us. Don’t hide yourself from us.” The first reading is from the Book of Exodus and reflects the grumbling against Moses and Aaron, which is a way of grumbling against God. There is never anything…

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YEAR B: HOMILY FOR THE 17TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (3) HOMILY THEME: LIFE IN CHRIST 

YEAR B: HOMILY FOR THE 17TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME HOMILY THEME: LIFE IN CHRIST BY: Fr. Abbot Philip Lawrence   HOMILY: My sisters and brothers in Christ, The second reading today tells us: “Live in a manner worthy of the call you have received, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another through love, striving to preserve the unity of the spirit through the bond of peace.” We have been called to live in Christ Jesus and every aspect of our life should in relationship to Him.…

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YEAR B: HOMILY FOR THE 16TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (1) HOMILY THEME: WHAT KIND OF LEADER ARE YOU

YEAR B: HOMILY FOR THE 16TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME HOMILY THEME: WHAT KIND OF LEADER ARE YOU BY: Fr. Abbot Philip Lawrence   HOMILY: My sisters and brothers in Christ, Today we have leaders who lead astray and leaders who don’t help the people. Always we have had the same. The Scriptures are filled with stories of these types of leaders in the Old Testament but also in the New Testament. What kind of a person am I? That is the challenge of the readings today. The first reading is…

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YEAR B: HOMILY FOR THE FIFTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (3) HOMILY THEME: GOD CALLS EACH ONE OF US AND INVITES US TO FOLLOW HIM AND TO PROCLAIM HIS MESSAGE TO OTHERS.

YEAR B: HOMILY FOR THE FIFTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME HOMILY THEME: GOD CALLS EACH ONE OF US AND INVITES US TO FOLLOW HIM AND TO PROCLAIM HIS MESSAGE TO OTHERS.   BY: Fr. Abbot Philip Lawrence   HOMILY: My sisters and brothers in Christ, Today we hear about how God chooses people for particular missions within the Church and about how God chooses all of us who believe to give witness to Him. Far too often we have no sense of being called or a sense that God might be asking…

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