RC Diocese of Aberdeen
  • Homily for Easter Sunday 01/04/2018 RCDA

    Today – Easter day – there is only one thing to say: Christ is risen! He is truly risen! I hope each and all of us can say it. Let’s say it! . St Paul says: ‘if you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart ...

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  • Homily for the Easter Vigil 01/04/2018 RCDA

    “Why is this night different from all other nights?” That’s the famous question that the youngest member of a Jewish family asks at the Passover meal. Four times. And the question isn’t just said; it’s sung. “Why is this night different from all other nights?” This year the Jewish and Christian calendars come ...

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  • Homily for Good Friday 01/04/2018 RCDA

    Three times in the Gospel of John, Jesus said he would be lifted up (Jn 3:14; 8:28; 12:32). He was talking of his death. And that Friday in Jerusalem 2000 years ago he was. And today in our liturgy he is again lifted up. Today the Cross is lifted up ...

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  • Homily for Maundy Thursday 30/03/2018 RCDA

    ‘This is my Body which will be given up for you.’ ‘This is the chalice of my blood, poured out for you’ Are there any words quite like these? ‘Hoc est enim corpus meum quod pro vobis tradetur…Hic est enim calix sanguinis mei…’ That’s how I heard or said those words ...

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  • Homily for Palm Sunday 26/03/2018 RCDA

    Today we enter on Holy Week and Christ enters Jerusalem and enters into his Passion. What is it all about? Essentially, it’s a simple story. He enters into what is ours so that we can enter into what is his. Today would normally be the Solemnity of the Annunciation: the feast ...

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  • Homily for the Chrism Mass 24/03/2018 RCDA

    Oil overflows, spills, runs… This is a very sacramental time of year. Today’s liturgy is a case in point. We recall the sacrament of Orders, bless the oils of Catechumens and the Sick and consecrate the Chrism. To quote the Pontifical: “Chrism is a sign that Christians, incorporated by Baptism into ...

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  • Homily for the 2nd Sunday of Lent 25/02/2018 RCDA

    Recently, I was in Washington and visited the Museum of the Bible. Its focus is the history, formation, copying, translating, printing, impact, influence of the Bible. It is new, close to the city centre, large, multi-storied, complete with a biblical roof-garden. Unbelievably, it cost some $400,000,000. It is certainly making ...

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  • Homily for the 1st Sunday of Lent 19/02/2018 RCDA

    Today Jesus is driven by the Holy Spirit into the desert, and there he is for forty days, tempted by Satan. It’s a mysterious episode: on the edge of human experience, as it were; liminal, marginal, fringe. The first striking thing is that it happens immediately after Jesus has been baptized ...

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  • Homily for Station Mass 17/02/2018 RCDA

    “ is the time in the vineyard of the Lord, when, at the planting of the new vines, the old vines are pruned, that they may bear more fruit” (from the Order of Penance, Penitential Celebrations for Lent). That captures what’s going on in Lent. It’s good to think of vines ...

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  • Homily for Ash Wednesday 2018 14/02/2018 RCDA

    When I became bishop, I found in the house chapel a casket. Inside the casket were relics of several saints. Some of these were actually bones, one or two a few inches long. They claimed to be the bones of saints of many centuries ago. Recently, I thought it would ...

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  • Homily for the 4th Sunday of Ordinary Time (Year B) 11/02/2018 RCDA

    The power of God’s word is what the today’s readings deliver. The Lord says to Moses, ‘I will raise up a prophet like yourself for them…I will put my words into his mouth and he shall tell them all I command him.’ ‘Be quiet! Come out of him!’, says Jesus ...

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  • Memoria Dei 11/02/2018 RCDA

    Talk to the Religious of the Diocese. I’d like to talk about the memory of God. It is a great theme. God remembers and so do we. So, memory is a place where we and God can meet. As consecrated persons we are called in an especial way to remember God, ...

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  • Homily for the Funeral of Canon William Anderson 19/01/2018 RCDA

    That Gospel has not been read by chance. It was chosen for this occasion by the much-loved man whose life we are here to be eucharistic about: Fr. Bill Anderson, remembering him, giving thanks for his goodness and commending his soul to the mercy of God. It’s the Gospel of the ...

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  • Homily for the Solemnity of the Epiphany 11/01/2018 RCDA

    Epiphany means ‘manifestation.’ But that’s a heavy word. An ‘epiphany’ is an outburst, an explosion, of light and of a light falling on us, lighting us. This is a beautiful feast, and in the Church’s mind a great one. Listening to the Gospel, what happens today? ‘After Jesus was born in Bethlehem of ...

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  • Homily for the 4th Sunday of Advent 09/01/2018 RCDA

    Today is both the 4th Sunday of Advent and Christmas Eve. This conflation brings certain people before us. They’re not Christ. They’re pointers to Christ. They sketch him. They draw the lines which tomorrow he will fill in with the colour of his presence. The first names may surprise: Adam and ...

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