SUNDAY HOMILIES

SSCC - SUNDAY HOMILIES FOR ALL YEAR ROUND 

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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1. All homilies for Advent 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)   

SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT – YEAR A by Fr Michael Foley sscc

It has come to that time of the year when it is all happening. A lot is going on: the almighty Christmas shopping has begun; homes are being decorated; parties are in full swing. 

We even hear people saying that they are already exhausted from the entire craze and they can’t wait to see Christmas over. If we are not careful, we will be swamped by the commercialisation of this time, Christmas, that we will lose the reason for the season.  

This is why Advent is important and necessary in the sense that it helps us to prepare well for what is coming so that we will appreciate it for what it is.  I cannot pretend that we do not know the awesomeness that comes with Christmas. It is a great time when we feel Christ from all around us and from each other.

This was the case for the Israelites who were expecting the Messiah and were almost losing patience in their wait. When John the Baptist appeared after his quality time in the desert with God, he saw this time as the fulfillment of what the prophet Isaiah said:

A voice crying out in the desert
Prepare the way for the Lord
And make his paths straight.

John the Baptist challenged the people of his day to make sure that they were in a position to receive the Messiah and the salvation that he brings. He emphasised that it is vital that they were well prepared in themselves.

So, for us, rather than get exhausted, when the party has not already begun, may we utilise this time of Advent to STOP and enter into that desert experience where we can reflect and listen to God. This will put us in a position to pave the way for Christ so that all can celebrate Christmas for what it is, the coming of Christ once again into our lives and our world. We need to have it to share it.

I suggest some simple ways to celebrate Advent so that we can prepare for the coming of Christ this Christmas:

Spend five minutes each day reading the bible and letting God speak to us;
Fast one day a week while remembering those who have no food;
Remember a neighbour living alone;
Encourage thankfulness;
Take a break from social media one day a week for the remaining three weeks of Advent.

Any one of more of these may help us to STOP and prepare for the coming of Christ into our lives and into our homes this Christmas.

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

2019:

10.  Homilies for 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time & Christ the King 2019 can be accessed by clicking here.

9.   All homilies from the 29th to the 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time can be accessed by clicking here.

8.   All homilies from the 25th to the 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time can be accessed by clicking here.

7.   All homilies from the 21st to the 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time can be accessed by clicking here.

6.   All homilies from the 17th to the 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time can be accessed by clicking here.

5.   All homilies from Trinity Sunday to the 17th 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.