RC Diocese of Aberdeen
  • Homily for the 24th Sunday of Ordinary Time 17/09/2018 RCDA

    Sunday by Sunday, we are following Christ under the guidance of the Gospel of St Mark. Today we come to a high-point and a turning-point. The high-point is Peter’s profession of faith: You are the Messiah. The turning-point is Jesus revealing that he’s a Messiah who will have to suffer. ...

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  • Diaconal Ordination of Dominic Nwaigwe 17/09/2018 RCDA

    Today is the feast of the Triumph or Exaltation of the Holy Cross, and, dear Dominic, your diaconal ordination. It’s a good combination. And the Gospel says: “The Son of man must be lifted up.” According to St Paul in the 2nd reading, he was lifted up by the Father through ...

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  • Homily for the Solemnity of the Assumption 15/08/2018 RCDA

    Today’s feast brings to mind an episode in the life of the Apostle Paul. It occurs during his second missionary journey, some twenty years after our Lord’s death and resurrection. Paul has arrived in Athens. ‘Standing in front of the Areopagus’ (Acts 17:22), he speaks for the first time to ...

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  • Homily for 19th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year B 13/08/2018 RCDA

    We continue with Jesus’ Discourse on the Bread of Life from John ch. 6. Our Lord is saying amazing things. But, first, a tangent. Here in and around Aberdeen, we have been experiencing a plague of hoverflies, called out by the warm weather. They are intriguing creatures. They have an earlier ...

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  • Homily for 18th Sunday of the Year, B 06/08/2018 RCDA

    ‘Lord, give us this bread always’. Brothers and Sisters, for a few Sundays in this Year B, the Liturgy turns away from the Gospel of Mark and back to the Gospel of John, the Easter Gospel. It makes a detour to John Ch. 6, the chapter on the Bread of Life. ...

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  • Homily for the Requiem of Canon Charles Stanley (1933-2018) 27/07/2018 RCDA

    Today we are offering Canon Stanley’s soul to the mercy of God and his body to Mother Earth. And so he makes his final journey. And we accompany him with our prayers. An enigmatic man in some ways, something of a loner, eccentric, prey to depression at times, a great ...

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  • Homily for the Ordination: 07/07/2018 RCDA

    The Ordination of Douglas Duncan to the Diaconate and of Emmet O’Dowd and Rafał Szweda to the Priesthood Stories about a Scotsman, an Irishman and a Pole are not in fashion these days. But we can surely give thanks for our three men and their varied backgrounds: one from not so far ...

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  • Homily for the Solemnity of Ss Peter and Paul 03/07/2018 RCDA

    Today we remember two great figures of Christianity, known well beyond its borders. Two lamp stands burning before the Lord; two olive trees; two founding fathers of our faith. Two foremost knights of the Round Table of which Christ is King Arthur; the Prime Minister and Foreign Secretary, as it ...

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  • Homily for the Birth of St John the Baptist 26/06/2018 RCDA

    Today we celebrate the birth of John the Baptist, Jesus’ forerunner. The Bible is full of birth stories. There’s birth upon birth, often with a touch of the dramatic and supernatural: Ishmael, Isaac, Jacob and Esau, Jacob’s many sons, Moses saved by the midwives, Samson the strong man, Samuel the prophet. ...

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  • 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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