As lay associates, sisters and brothers of the Ireland England Province of the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus & Mary, we are priviliged to be able to offer you some thoughts and reflections on our Sunday readings. We start this sharing with homilies that have been prepared for Advent 2018, beginning with the Vigil Mass for Dec. 1st.  Many of our lay associates, sisters and brothers have contributed to putting together for the first time, homilies which cover every Sunday of the Liturgical year.  We hope that you will find this service to be of assistance to you in your ministry or just as an opportunity for you to reflect and to pray on the various themes that these reading have to offer us.

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5.  All homilies from Trinity Sunday to the Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time can be accessed by clicking here.
 Each week on a Monday, we will try to post the homily for the following w/e on this Homily Homepage.  (See previous homilies at the bottom of the page)   

 FEAST OF CORPUS CHRISTI– YEAR C by Nuala & Charlie Browne 

Mother Teresa once said about Jesus, ‘that he uses us, to be his love and compassion in the world, in spite of our weaknesses and failure.’ With this in mind we reflect on the miracle of the loaves and fishes. This very significant miracle is in all four Gospel:  Matthew 14:13—21; mark 6:30-44; and John 6:1-15. The late Fr Brendan Kieran (Nuala’s Brother,) used to say to us: ‘look for the many layers in the Gospel stories as you can understand.’ One of the layers here is the Old Testament background. In Kings 4, ‘Elisha set before them, and they ate and left some of it according to Yahweh.’  Through the intervention of Moses, Yahweh provided mana in the desert for his people.

Jesus and his disciples went to the town of Bethsaida, where three of his apostles lived.  We are sure they they were looking forward to discussing with Jesus things only He could answer, away from the crowds, their apostolate and work. Nevertheless, when Jesus saw the crowds had followed Him, he welcomed them, healed all those in need of healing and spoke to them about the Kingdom of God. This makes us ask: are we always so welcoming when our plans are altered?

It was late in the afternoon and the disciples became fearful, for they had estimated the crowd to be five thousand and it was a lonely place. They wanted to do something, but were overwhelmed by the problem: how would they feed them all carrying no purse or haversack? It was a dilemma, for they knew that a hungry crowd could turn into a mob very quickly. Had they forgotten all the miracles Jesus had worked: e.g. at the wedding in Cana, in healing the sick and in raising the dead? They had five loaves and two fish. In the miracle Jesus does not produce food out of nowhere. He wants the apostles participation and their trust to give the little of what they have. Jesus told them to sit down in groups of fifty. He took the loaves and broke them, looked up to heaven and blessed them. He then gave them to the apostles to distribute. Everyone ate, and there were twelve baskets of scraps left over. One basket for each apostle, and a precursor to the establishment of the Eucharist.

Some might suggest that the crowd had brought food with them but were unwilling to share until the Apostles showed them the way. In any case, Jesus turned five thousand suspicious folks into generous people willing to share. We are often tempted to believe as the apostles did, that we have nothing to offer, especially in the face of overwhelming need e.g. starving millions, rampant disease, homelessness and livelihoods lost through natural disasters. Yet no matter how little we think we have, if we freely place our gifts at the service of Jesus they becomes limitless. There is a mysterious disproportion between what we give, and what the Lord makes of it. We are also reminded that Jesus can provide spiritual sustenance beyond our imaginings.


5.   All homilies from Trinity Sunday to the Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time can be accessed by clicking here.

4.   All homilies from the 4th Sunday of Easter to the Feast of Pentecost can be accessed by clicking here.

3.   All homilies from the 4th Sunday of Lent to the 3rd Sunday of Easter can be accessed by clicking here.

2.  All homilies from the 4th Sunday in Ordinary time to the 3rd Sunday of Lent can be accessed by clicking here.

1.  All homilies for Advent up to the third Sunday in Ordinary time can be accessed by clicking here.