Homily for Easter Sunday

bp-hugh

‘And is it true?…
That God was man in Palestine,
And lives today in bread and wine?’

So Sir John Betjeman in his poem Christmas. And is it true that Jesus Christ, on the third day after his crucifixion, rose from the dead? That he didn’t just return to life, but passed, in all his humanity, body and soul, to a quite new kind of life, a life over which death has now power, a life full of the indestructible life of God? And is it true?

Homily for the Easter Vigil

bp-hugh

How many journeys are reaching their destination tonight!

The journey of the two Marys to Jesus’ tomb.

The journeys of Elisabet, Balazs, Paul, Alan, Philemon and Philomena to faith and the font where they’ll be baptised, going down into the death and burial of Christ and up into his risen life; the journeys of Pearl, Mantas, Gabriele, Gregory and Lenka to their Confirmation. And none of these have travelled alone. They have travelled with friends, sponsors, catechists and clergy. How many stories to tell! And tonight, they reach their goal.

Homily for Good Friday

We have just heard the Passion according to John. And how many ‘Passions’ there are in the world, going on in the world, how much suffering! Think of the Passion Syrians have been living for 4 years now. According to the Maronite Archbishop of Damascus, there are now three million refugees outside Syria, and 9 million displaced within it. A Dutch Jesuit was killed there the other day, Fr Franz and, on Tuesday of this week, a bomb killed 55 children in a school in Damascus. Then there is the succession of other disasters and conflicts the media … Continue reading

Homily for Maundy Thursday

bp-hugh

‘The light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it’ (Jn 1:5).

Tonight we’re with the Jesus and the Twelve in ‘the large upper room, furnished and ready’ (Mk 14:15).

‘Night has fallen’ (Jn 13:30), and there is a sense of mounting menace. Judas will slip out into the night and alert Jesus’ enemies to his whereabouts. And the squad of soldiers will put on weapons, take up clubs, prepare their lanterns and torches, ready to set out on the errand of arrest. And meanwhile the City settles down to sleep.

Continue reading