YEAR C: HOMILY FOR THE SOLEMNITY OF PENTECOST (3)

YEAR C: HOMILY FOR THE SOLEMNITY OF PENTECOST HOMILY THEME: LANGUAGE OF THE SPIRIT BY: Fr. Gerald M. Musa   HOMILY: The Christian world celebrates Pentecost and this is a celebration, which comes fifty days after Easter. The name Pentecost is derived from the Greek word Pentecoste, which means fifty. Pentecost was originally celebrated by the Jews to remember the day the law was given to Moses on Mount Sinai. The Jews also refer to this celebration as the feast of weeks since it occurs seven weeks after the feast…

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YEAR C: HOMILY FOR THE 1ST SUNDAY OF ADVENT (5) HOMILY THEME: YOUR LIBERATION IS NEAR

YEAR C: HOMILY FOR THE 1ST SUNDAY OF ADVENT HOMILY THEME: YOUR LIBERATION IS NEAR BY: Fr. Gerald M. Musa   HOMILY: Preparation is important for any upcoming and important event. The season of advent provides us with the opportunity of preparing spiritually for Christmas. There are scripture readings that are specially selected by the Church for these four weeks of preparation. These readings prepare our hearts even beyond Christmas to the second coming of Jesus. During this season we reflect specially on our liberation from the shackles of sin and…

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YEAR B: HOMILY FOR THE 29TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (5) HOMILY THEME: SERVICE IS SELF-SACRIFICE

YEAR B: HOMILY FOR THE 29TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME HOMILY THEME: SERVICE IS SELF-SACRIFICE BY: Fr. Gerald M. Musa   HOMILY: Some time ago we began a new worshipping community and there was a dire need to elect leaders who will help to co-ordinate and organise the activities of this community. Three leaders were elected and entrusted with the responsibility of organising liturgical (worshipping) activities, keeping the surroundings clean, and making a monthly roaster for functionaries. Soon an argument erupted about who should be regarded as the first co-ordinator among…

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YEAR B: HOMILY FOR THE 28TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (5) HOMILY THEME: BETWEEN GOD AND GOLD

YEAR B: HOMILY FOR THE 28TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME HOMILY THEME: BETWEEN GOD AND GOLD BY: Fr. Gerald M. Musa   HOMILY: Anthony De Mello in his book The Song of the Bird recounts a story of a husband and wife who were conversing. The husband said to the wife, ‘You know, dear, I’m going to work hard and some day we are going to be rich.’ The wife responded: We are already rich, dear, for we have each other. Some day, may be we’ll have money.’ The wife is…

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YEAR B: HOMILY FOR THE 15TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (4) HOMILY THEME: THE PREACHER AND MONEY

YEAR B: HOMILY FOR THE 15TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME HOMILY THEME: THE PREACHER AND MONEY BY: Fr. Gerald M. Musa   HOMILY: The story of Amaziah is a classical and sad tale of a religious leader who joined the tribe of sychophants. Once upon a time there were two men, one’s name was Amaziah and the other was Amos. Amaziah was a priest who served the King’s palace and Amos was a prophet who challenged the wrong policies and actions that came for the palace. The king hated Amos because…

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YEAR B: HOMILY FOR THE FOURTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (5) HOMILY THEME: VOCATION OF PROPHETS

YEAR B: HOMILY FOR THE FOURTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME HOMILY THEME: VOCATION OF PROPHETS BY: Fr. Gerald M. Musa   HOMILY: A priest congratulated an altar server and said to him, ‘it is possible that the Lord is calling you to be a priest? Go and think and pray about it.’ The boy answered, ‘My mum had already told me I would likely be a priest because I pray a lot and always ask for money.’ The mum of the altar server really has a good sense of humour and…

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HOMILY FOR EASTER SUNDAY YEAR B (4) HOMILY THEME: THE EMPTY TOMB

HOMILY FOR EASTER SUNDAY YEAR B HOMILY THEME: THE EMPTY TOMB BY : Fr. Gerald M. Musa   HOMILY: People from different cultures around the world have attempted to explain the mystery of death and life after death through myths and ancient stories. Some of these stories pointed to the reality of resurrection in imperfect ways. Some of the interesting stories about life after death include the story of the death and rebirth of the Greek Dionysius; the story of Persephone, daughter of Demeter, deity of harvest and growth, who…

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HOMILY FOR THE SECOND SUNDAY OF LENT YEAR B (1) HOMILY THEME: OBEDIENCE OF FAITH

HOMILY FOR THE SECOND SUNDAY OF LENT YEAR B HOMILY THEME: OBEDIENCE OF FAITH BY: Fr. Gerald M. Musa   HOMILY: These days it is not easy to get children to obey their parents and it is even more cumbersome to get adults to obey instructions. Obedience is a common word, but not a popular practice. Obedience for many people means dependence, a symptom of an uncritical mind and a sacrifice of personal freedom. Thus, a person who obeys is considered to be childish and as someone who is under the…

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LOVE IN THE ASH

LOVE IN THE ASH When 14th Feb turned out to be Ash Wednesday alot of people wondered about the possibility of the marriage of Valentine’s love and the Ash of penitence. Waking from sleep this morning as I pondered on the nature of this day, the thought of “Love in the Ash” filled my heart and mind. Love in the way it is understood and practised by many today is far from what love truly stands for. Love has been given a wicked and selfish face in today’s world. Why…

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