Homilies preached by Fr Luke Goymour at St Thomas of Canterbury Brandon and St John the Evangelist, Mildenhall. Suffolk, UK. Fr Luke is a parish priest and chaplain to the Diocesan Youth Service of East Anglia.
Advent is more than the run-up to Christmas, it is a season of hope. As we begin this new season and new church year we call on our God in hope and in trust to help us, to change us and through us to help others.
The feast of Christ the King presents to us the image of humble love and service of others. God invites us out of our own brokenness to be close to those who are the weakest and the poorest in society.
Stewardship is more than putting stuff in the recycling bin and trying to reduce your carbon footprint. Stewardship is about using the gifts we have been given to build the kingdom of God in our land. In this time of pandemic, we are called, evermore to be creative in the ways we use our gifts to further God's Kingdom.
All of us are called to holiness, that is to real, genuine authentic living. To be a saint is to be an authentically human person. Today we celebrate all the saints and inspired by their example we strive to follow in their footsteps.
Love of God and love if neighbour go hand in hand. In todays gospel, however, Jesus reminds us to love our neighbour as ourselves. This is a real but important challenge to us: we can love others with the love that we have for ourselves - bitter, cynical and angry people do not have the capacity to love others authentically.
The gospel is a reality check.....we owe God everything so its only right that we put our priorities in order and give back ro God what is already his. When we do, peace follows and we begin to live more and more in the freedom of the gospel!
In this week's gospel we see how God is generous in his invitation to all, but we cannot just sit back and rely on the goodness of God without doing anything ourselves. God's generosity is something that demands a response if we are to experience fullness of life in the Kingdom.
In an era of social distance the readings remind us this week that we are social beings, we exist in community and what we do (and don't do) effects us all. We are called to be a people of communion amd this happens only when we learn to be a people of reconciliation.
Being a Christian is serious, when we say "Yes" to the Gospel we say "No" to many other things and this can be cross. Yet we should not be discouraged, it is always through the cross discipleship that we reach the glory of the resurrection.
The Assumption is all about the resurrection. If we want to understand this great feast, then we must look to the Easter mystery. Mary did not see bodily corruption because she was united perfectly to her Risen and Glorified Son.
Homily for 16th Sunday Year A. So much goodness and beauty in our world exists alongside so much chaos and evil. God is present in the midst of it all bringing life out of death and glory out of suffering.
We celebrate the great and beautiful gift of the Eucharist as a time when many of us cannot receive Holy Communion. Although this sad and painful this feast invites us to a deeper appreciation of how Jesus still feeds us, even now, through the Eucharist.
God is God of relationship and we are invited to join the relationship and live in Communion with God who is Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (Also contains a Dr Who - Holy Trinity image thrown in for good measure!)
Jesus is the only way to God. Yet elsewhere in scripture we read that God is a loving God who desires all people to be saved. How can we reconcile the exclusive claims of Jesus with universal salvific will of God? In today's homily we reflect on how Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life and what that might mean for us and for those of other Faith's.
Faced with an empty tomb the disciples are moved to faith. We face empty tombs in our own lives are we moved to faith? Or do we despair? Resurrection faith gives us hope to move past the vacuums that we may encounter. For Christ is truly risen. Alleluia!
Jesus is not super-human, he is fully-human. The most human person who has ever lived. His also fully God but we encounter his divinity through his humanity. On this day when England is rededicated as Mary's Dowry, we are reminded that veneration of the human mother of God always leads us to him who humbled himself to share our humanity so that we can share in his divinity.
Today we reflect on the healing of the man born blind. His blindness was not simply a disability but also, in a sense a gift. For it allowed God's glory to be displayed through the man's poverty and fragility. This message of glory in fragility takes on a new significance as our nation is gripped by the coronavirus pandemic.
We are engaged in a spiritual battle and in Lent we are reminded of this truth. Jesus overcomes temptation with prayer, fasting and the Word of God. If we are going to resist temptation we need to follow his example and use the same tools that Christ did.
Christians are called to share in the perfection of God. This might seem like an impossible task, but it's not! In this homily we reflect on how Christ sets us on the road to perfection and spells out, in clear terms, what this perfection looks like in practice.
Jesus refers to us as light of the world and salt of te earth. These are two rich images that instill in us the need to change the world around us. In today's homily we reflect on the call that Christ makes to each of us to be heralds of the Gospel - in other words to become Evangelists!
On this Feast of Epiphany we are challenged to go beyond our preconceived ideas and false securities and recognise the all-inclusive embrace of the Gospel message. Whatever our race, creed ur political persuasion we are one in Christ Jesus.
On this Sunday we rejoice for our hope is in Christ and his Nativity draws near. Are we a people of hope willing to recognise the signs of the Messiah? Or do we fail to see the Kingdom that has dawned in our very midst?
In this homily for the second Sunday of Advent we look at the person and message of John the Baptist. His message of repentance is one that is actually full of hope and spurs us onward along our journey of Christian conversion.
Faith in the resurrection should fill us with hope and expand our capacity for God. In this Sunday's message we reflect on the invitation God gives us to go deeper and broaden our horizons. If our vision of God and the world is too fixed, too rigid then we might be in for a shock!
God does not create rubbish! Humans are basically good, sin disfigures this goodness but it doesnt destroy it. In today's message we reflect on how God wants to enter our mess, restore our goodness and begin a friendship with us.
Todays feast invites us to reflect on the Communion of Saints. The Saints in heaven are a constant source of inspiration and encouragement to us. They intercede for us and strengthen us as we too, strive to be the saints that God calls to be.
All of us are sinners in need of the mercy of God. As human beings, we are dependent beings: we are dependent on each other and we are dependent on God. When we lose this sense of dependency we become prideful and we suffer.
Have you ever prayed for something and felt that your prayer was not answered? Is your prayer all about just asking for stuff or does it go deeper? In today's homily we look at the nature of pray and how as Christians we can pray continually without becoming discouraged.
Homily for 28th Sunday, Year C. Miracles occurred throughout Jesus public ministry, yet they don't seem as common today...or perhaps they are. Miracles are instances of God reigning in our lives and these can be daily occurrences!
Faith is a supernatural gift from God, but like all gifts it has to be unwrapped and used. Otherwise, it's pretty useless . In today's homily we look at how we can increase our faith, grow our faith and fan into a flame this great gift that God has given us!
What we do, and how we love affects others. The gospel urges us to recognise that we are only on this earth for a short time and whilst here we are to use our time to serve the poor and marginalised. Life is more, so much more, than runningthe rat-race and serving our own self interests. Homily for the 26th Sunday of the Year.
Everybody serves something or someone, even if it's themselves. What we serve and who we serve informs our whole way of life. It's not just ego or money that's the problem. One of the more subtle things that many people become consumed by is anxiety. Anxiety can become a 'Lord and Master' that directs and informs our whole lives. Jesus came to free us from everything that enslaves us, even anxiety! Listen here to this homily for 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C. Preached by Fr Luke, in Brandon, Suffolk, UK.
How doe we see God? What is our abiding image of God? Is he a judge or a lover? Is he waiting to strike us down when we mess up or raise us up when we fall? Perhaps we see him as some kind of magic butler that we go to only when we need something? Who is God for us? It's an important question because how we see God shapes our whole lives. What is more the Bible, read in the wrong way an actually give us a damage image of God!
No human person is self-made, no human person has it all sorted and if we think we do, then we are deceiving ourselves! Humility is the way to God. Humility means we know our need for God and his divine mercy. Holiness begins when we admit our faults and frailties and confess our sins. Humility requires real honesty about our need for Jesus as our divine Saviour.
Enter by the narrow door: being a Christian means making some tough decisions and being willing to stand up for truth. Sometimes gospel truth does not equate with the majority opinion, nevertheless, Jesus urges to stay on the right path - even if it is an unpopular path.
No Cross no Crown! Being a Christian is not easy. Nowhere in the Gospel does Jesus say "follow me and have an easy life". In fact, he says the opposite. As followers of Jesus we need to wake and grow up to the reality that suffering is part of life. Being a follower of Christ means that we will face difficulties and sufferings, just like our Master. The difference is, however, is that He is with us in the trials of life, He is not absent!
Homily for Assumption Day, recorded live: Mary is the Ark of the New Covenant. Her body was the dwelling place for life incarnate, as such her body never saw the corruption of death . Where she has gone, body and Soul, we hope to follow.
We live in a narcissistic culture - people are obsessed with themselves. But true peace and fulfillment requires love of God, love of neighbour, and then love of ourselves (In that order!) Only then will we be truly ready to meet the Lord when he returns.