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Fr Luke's Homilies

Fr Luke's Homilies

By Fr Luke Goymour
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.
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The Hope of Advent, Homily fo Advent 1 Yr A
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.
November 29, 2020
What we do to others, we do to Christ! Homily for Christ the King
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.
November 22, 2020
Much has been given, much is expected! Homily for 33rd Sunday Yr A
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.
November 15, 2020
Stay Awake! Homily for 32nd Sunday (Remembrance Sunday)
As we enter a second lockdown of the year the gospel urged us to stay awake and be alert to the presence of God and open to the new thing he wants to do with us.
November 8, 2020
Be the Saints that you are called to be! Homily for All Saints.
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.
November 1, 2020
Love your neighbour as yourself - Homily for 30th Sunday Yr A
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.
October 25, 2020
Give to God what belongs to God! Homily for 29th Sunday Yr A
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!
October 18, 2020
Many are called but few are chosen! Homily for 28th Sunday Yr A
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.
October 11, 2020
"Do not worry about anything!" Homily for 27th Sunday Yr A
In today's world it seems there is a lot to be anxious about. Yet the word of God address us today theough the apostle Paul with the instruction not to worry!
October 4, 2020
We are not on our own! Homily for 23rd Sunday Yr A
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.
September 6, 2020
Take up your cross! Homily for 22nd Sunday Yr A
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.
August 30, 2020
Do you know God? Homily for 21st Sunday Yr A
We can know all sorts of things about God, but to be a Christian means that we move past the facts and figures to a real personal relationship with the God who approaches us in Jesus Christ.
August 23, 2020
Blessed is she! Assumption Day Homily
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.
August 16, 2020
Courage, it is I! Homily for 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Life throws up many storms, but Jesus is still with us throughout these trials walking towards us and filling us with hope and strength....saying to each of us "Courage, it is I, do not be afraid!"
August 9, 2020
You are what you eat! Homily for 18th Sunday Yr A
What we nourish ourselves with is important to our health and well being. In today's homily we reflect on how Jesus is our true nourishment.
August 2, 2020
Do we desire God? Honily for 17th Sunday Yr A
The gospel makes demands of us and the kingdom of God is the pearl of great we desire God's kingdom? Are we willing to five up everything for the sake of the gospel?
July 26, 2020
Why does evil exist alongside good?
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.
July 19, 2020
The rich soil of our hearts - Homily for 15th Sunday Yr A
The Incarnate word comes to us each moment of each day...but when he comes does he find our lives as rich soil? Or are we full of stones and thorns?
July 12, 2020
"Come to me all you who labour and ate overburdened" Homily for 14th Sunday Yr A
As lockdown restrictions ease, this weeks gospel invites us to enter into the rest that only the Lord can offer.
July 5, 2020
Who do you say I am? Homily for St Peter & Paul
Today Jesus addresses Peter and us with the same question: who do you say I am?
June 28, 2020
Do not be afraid! Homily for 12th Wk Yr A
We reflect this week on the beautiful and powerful words of Christ to not be afraid!
June 21, 2020
"I am the living bread" Homily for Corpus Christi
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.
June 14, 2020
God is three and God is one! Homily for Trinity Sunday
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!)
June 7, 2020
"Receive the Holy Spirit" Homily for Pentecost Sunday
Pentecost wasn't a one time event, all of us need a personal Pentecost. In today's message we reflect on what the coming of the Holy Spirit means for us today!
May 31, 2020
"In them I am Glorified" Homily for 7th Sunday of Easter
In today's homily we reflect on the nature of our deepest indenity: that we are beloved children of God created to love and to give God glory.
May 24, 2020
"If you love me keep my commandments" Homily for 6th Sunday of Easter
Love is everything! To be a Christian is to be in love with Jesus Christ. When we are in love with Jesus keeping his commandments become a natural way of life.
May 17, 2020
Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life! Homily for 5th Sunday of Easter
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.
May 10, 2020
I have come that they may have life - Homily for Good Shepherd Sunday
The fourth Sunday of Easter is vocations Sunday. In this homily we reflect on the call that Christ makes to each of us to enter into the fullness of life, here and now!
May 3, 2020
Did not our heart burn within us? Homily for 3rd Sunday of Easter
The Risen Lord comes alongside us even if we are going in the wrong direction! Are we willing to dialogue with him and be changed by him? Or are going to continue walking the wrong way?
April 26, 2020
Seeing is not believing: Homily for Divine Mercy Sunday
We need Divine Mercy! Let us be united in bringing ourselves, our country and our world before the merciful throne of our Risen Lord.
April 19, 2020
He saw and he believed! Homily for Easter Sunday
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!
April 12, 2020
Do not be afraid! Homily for Easter Vigil
This Holy night Christ transforms our fears into awe and great Joy. Jesus Christ is truly Risen! Alleluia!
April 11, 2020
The Cross: A Sign of Beauty, A Sign of Hope.
Homily for Good Friday - isolation may be a new experience for us but it isn't for Jesus....let us enter with hope into the mystery of our redemption.
April 10, 2020
"I have given you an example" Homily for Holy Thursday
The passover, the cross, the Eucharist, the washing of feet - all these elements come together in the celebration of the Holy Thursday where Christ gave us the gifts of Eucharist and the Priesthood.
April 9, 2020
Jesus Wept! The beautiful humanity of our saviour. Homily 5th Sunday of Lent Yr A
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.
March 29, 2020
The glory of God is revealed through human frailty. Homily for 4th Sunday of Lent Yr A
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.
March 22, 2020
Stand up! Be not afraid! Homily for 2nd Sunday in Lent
It seems there is much to be afraid of in our modern world and yet as Christians we are to be a hope-filled people and remember that Jesus speaks words of comfort to each of us; "Do not be afraid".
March 8, 2020
Temptation is all around us! Homily for The first Sunday of Lent
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.
March 1, 2020
Be Perfect as God is perfect! Homily for 7th Sunday Yr A
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.
February 23, 2020
Homily for 6th Sunday Yr A
To be a Catholic is not about simply keeping the law but living the Law and this means having a real personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
February 16, 2020
You are the Light of the World! Homily for 5th Sunday in OT
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!
February 9, 2020
A Light to Enlighten the Pagans - Homily for the Presentation of the Lord
The light of Christ and the hope of the gospel fills us with great hope and joy. We reflect on how this joy should urge us on to be people of hope, sharing the light of the nations with all people.
February 2, 2020
God Speaks Today!
In this homily for Word of God Sunday we reflect on the great gift of Scripture . Through the pages of our Bibles we encounter the Word made Flesh, Jesus!
January 26, 2020
Look there is the Lamb of God! Homily for 2nd Sunday Yr A
This week we reflect on how we understand Jesus to be the Lamb of God. Understanding this phrase is the key that unlocks the power and significance of the Mass.
January 19, 2020
You are my Beloved Son! Homily for the Baptism of the Lord
Jesus shares our lot - the lot of sinners. As we conclude our Christmas season we reflect on how Christ who became one of us, stands with us and alongside us, as our Lod, our brother and our friend.
January 12, 2020
Epiphany Homily 2020
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.
January 5, 2020
The Word was made Flesh! Christmas Day Homily
The incomprehensible God has made himself comprehensible in Jesus Christ. This truth is at the heart of the Christmas mystery and the heart of the Christian Faith.
December 25, 2019
God is with us! Fourth Sunday of Advent
This Sunday we reflect on how God is with us in all things even n the frantic hustle and bustle of the pre-Christmas rush!
December 22, 2019
Are you the one to come or should we expect another? Homily for Gaudete Sunday
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?
December 15, 2019
Repent for the Kingdom of God is at hand!
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.
December 8, 2019
Stay Awake! First Sunday of Advent Yr A
He is coming! Today we begin the great season of Advent and we are invited to reflect and pray as we prepare our hearts to meet the Lotd Jesus in a new and deeper way in this sacred season.
December 1, 2019
Jesus is King! Homily for Christ the King
Political ideologies and economical strategies cannot save us, only Christ the King can save!
November 27, 2019
God is a God of the living...all are alive to God! 32nd Sunday Yr C
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!
November 10, 2019
"The Son of Man has come to seek out what was lost" Homily 31st Sunday Year C
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.
November 3, 2019
We are called to be Saints! Homily for All Saints
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.
November 1, 2019
Knowing our need of God: Homily 30th Sunday Year C
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.
October 27, 2019
Pray continually! The nature of prayer. 29th Sunday Yr C
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.
October 20, 2019
Miracles still happen, God heals today!
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!
October 13, 2019
Fan into a flame the gift of faith! Homily for 27th Sunday Year C
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!
October 6, 2019
Life does not revolve around us! Homily for 26th Sunday Yr C
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.
September 29, 2019
Who is your Lord? God, Money, or something else? 25th Sun, Yr C
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.
September 22, 2019
Christ came to call sinners. Mercy is the supreme face of God: Homily for 24th Sunday Yr C
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!
September 15, 2019
Humility is the way to Holiness. Homily for 22nd Sunday Year C
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.
September 1, 2019
Enter by the Narrow Door. Homily for 21st Sunday, Year C.
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.
August 25, 2019
20th Sunday Year C - I have not come to bring peace, but division!
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!
August 18, 2019
The Assumption Of Mary
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.
August 15, 2019
Homily for 19th Sunday Year C
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.
August 11, 2019