RC Diocese of Aberdeen
  • Homily for 19th Sunday of Ordinary Time 13/08/2017 RCDA

    The Gospel we’ve just heard is surely one of the most vivid and gripping of them all. It would make a great sequence in a film. It’s crammed with symbolism, too. Water and wind have a great place in the Bible. At the moment of creation, as Genesis presents it, ...

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  • Homily for the 900th Anniversary of the Martyrdom of St Magnus 03/08/2017 RCDA

    ‘I tell you most solemnly, unless a grain of wheat falls on the ground and dies, it remains only a single grain; but if it dies, it yields a rich harvest.’ Christ’s words could not be more to the point. This was the Gospel reading that would have been sung at ...

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  • Homily for the Ascension 03/07/2017 RCDA

    ‘I came forth from the Father and came into the world. Now, I am leaving the world and going to the Father’. So Jesus said at the Last Supper, summing up his life in a sentence. Since Advent and Christmas, we’ve been following Jesus’ journey from the Father into the world. He ...

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  • Homily for the Farwell Mass for the Religious of the Sacred Heart 02/07/2017 RCDA

    Forgive me mentioning a curious detail In 1895, it was a Bishop Hugh MacDonald – a religious – who welcomed the Religious of the Sacred Heart to Aberdeen, and now, 122 years later, it is a Bishop Hugh – also a religious – who bids them farewell. We could just do ...

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  • Homily for the Solemnity of Ss Peter and Paul, 02/07/2017 RCDA

    Let’s begin from the beginning. God the Father has sent his Son into the world. And he sent him through Mary. ‘The Word (the Son) became flesh’ and received flesh, his human being, from his human mother, Mary of Nazareth. Under God, she gave it to him. And this divine ...

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  • Homily for Diocesan Pilgrimage to Pluscarden Abbey 02/07/2017 RCDA

    How can Mary help us? How can she help us in our journey through life, in our Christian life? How does she help our lives towards fulfilment, happiness, heaven? Because the evidence is that she does. Surely, each of us has some story to tell in that respect. The testimonies ...

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  • Homily for Mass of Easter Sunday 18/04/2017 RCDA

    The Bible is full of grief. There is even a book of the Old Testament, often read in Holy Week, called Lamentations. The world is full of tear-stained faces and hearts. It’s as though there’s a great oil-spill of grief floating in the sea of life, beaching first here, then ...

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  • Homily for the Easter Vigil 18/04/2017 RCDA

    Tonight’s the night. It is in a special way the night for Lauren Robertson who is to be baptised. It’s the night for Chisomje and Lyndsey being received into the Church. It’s the night for our seven others who will then be confirmed with them (whose names we’ll hear then!). ...

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  • Homily for Good Friday 18/04/2017 RCDA

    Three times in the Gospel of John, Jesus speaks of being ‘lifted up’. And today this happens. Today he’s lifted up, as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert. He’s lifted up like the servant in the prophecy of Isaiah. He’s lifted up as the supreme high priest who ...

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  • Homily for Maundy Thursday 18/04/2017 RCDA

    Tonight we climb the stairs to a furnished Upper Room in Jerusalem. Night is falling, but there’s a full moon in the sky, perhaps the colour of blood orange. And as we enter the room we see the oil lamps, the play of light and shadow on ceiling and walls. ...

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  • Homily for the 5th Sunday of Lent 18/04/2017 RCDA

    Jesus ‘cried out in a loud voice, “Lazarus, here! Come out.”’ The Gospels tell us that Jesus loved Martha, Mary and Lazarus. They were friends. It’s a beautiful glimpse of how really human Jesus was. Here was this curious ménage à trois, two sisters and a brother – and he loved ...

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  • Homily for Palm Sunday 17/04/2017 RCDA

    ‘We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you, because by your holy Cross you have redeemed the world.’ Today, 72 years ago, 9 April 1945, a German Lutheran Pastor, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, was put to death in Flossenburg Concentration Camp, for his resistance to Nazi tyranny. On the eve of his ...

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  • Homily for 8th Sunday of Ordinary Time 27/02/2017 RCDA

    Lent is drawing near and today our catechumens and candidates, Colin and Lauren, Lynsey and Chisomje, have taken a decisive step towards Easter. Today, the Lord tells us in the Gospel to seek first the Kingdom of God – exactly what our brave quartet is doing – and not to ...

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  • Homily for the Requiem of Br Meinrad Gibson OSB (1934 – 2017) 13/01/2017 RCDA

    ‘It will be said on that day, “Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, that he might save us. This is the Lord; we have waited for him; let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation”.’ It’s a beautiful thing happening today. The soul of our much-loved ...

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  • Homily for the Epiphany 11/01/2017 RCDA

    There’s a piece of old-fashioned, common-sense human wisdom, which says that each of us has a ‘ruling passion’. Not a passion for steam-engines or jewellery or boiled lobsters, but something before that, something inside us, something in the maelstrom of feelings, impulses, tendencies. One will tend to be stronger than ...

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