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.  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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 11. Homilies - 16th to 19th Sundays in Ordinary Time 

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)   

16th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME - Year A by Sr Irene Barboza

“Aloha!”In Hawaii this simple greeting expresses more than just a “hello” or “goodbye”. It embraces life itself. Culturally, when you say “Aloha” it is coupled with the gesture of sharing the life breath with the person you are greeting and welcoming them into your personal physical space, as well as, the physical space of your home. And the first question asked to any guest is: “Have you eaten?” or “Are you hungry?” 

Today’s readings echo the same sentiments of welcome and hospitality. In the First Reading from Genesis, Abraham, culturally greets his three visitors and offers them a place to rest, refresh and nourish themselves. To do anything less, would have been considered inappropriate according to the norms and practices of his time. Yet, because of his gestures of welcome and “aloha,” Abraham will be blessed beyond measure: the promise of a child, the promise of an heir, the promise of a legacy that will continue down the ages. Abraham’s openness, hospitality and welcome, becomes an encounter with God that changes his destiny.

The same reality holds true in the Gospel. We have heard many times, the story of Martha and Mary and sometimes we may wonder which one are we most like? Martha, who is busy like Abraham with the details of hospitality. Or are we more like Mary, giving our attention to our guest and allowing the sharing of presence to truly become a gift. The truth of the matter is that both are necessary, and we are called to be like St. Francis whose story our Brother priest, Fr. John Roche, shared with us during our recent retreat. Whenever St. Francis encountered a beggar or someone in need, he would make a simple meal, then sit down with them to share the meal. Hospitality, sharing a meal, being present becomes a God encounter, a life-giving event.

Today, in the midst of the covid pandemic, people are afraid and may want to isolate themselves for fear of contagion. We must be careful—wear our masks, keep social distance, wash our hands often-- but the liturgy of the Sixteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time reminds us that our world is in dire need of the experience of welcoming and being welcomed, of going out of ourselves to share meals with one another and thus encounter the living God in whose presence we always abide.


1. All homilies for Advent can be accessed by clicking here.

2. Feasts of the Holy Family to the Baptism of Jesus - Year A.

3. Homilies - 2nd Sunday in Ordinary time to 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time

4. Homilies - 6th Sunday in Ordinary time to 2nd Sunday of Lent  

5. Homilies - 3rd Sunday in Ordinary time to 4th Sunday of Lent.

6. Homilies - 5th Sunday of Lent to Easter Sunday

7. Homilies - 2nd to 4th Sundays of Easter

8. Homilies - 5th & 6th Sundays of Easte

9. Homilies - Feast of Ascension to Feast of Corpus Christi (May/Jun)

10. Homilies - 12th to 15th Sundays in Ordinary Time

11. Homilies - 16th to 19th Sundays in Ordinary Time

Click here for HOMILIES - YEAR C