Fr. Coutts' Homilies

Homily Archives 2006

  • Thirty Third Sunday in Ordinary Time - The son of Man will come in the clouds with great power and glory.  Our readings today remind me of the last week of December 1999. The TV, the Papers and all the Doomsayers were predicting the end of the World on the 1st January. Many stocked up with provisions, they went to bomb shelters, bunkers - as if these would help in the final cataclysm.
  • Thirty First Sunday in Ordinary Time - God is not the first on the list, God is not the #1 priority in our lives, God is there, but he is fourth or fifth on the list: God comes after Hockey, Baseball, The computer and Internet, God comes after the Young and the Restless, Coronation Street and the six o'clock news. Why do we do this to God, when God has been so good to us.
  • Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time - This Master is most suitable to give us courage, strength and take away our fear as our second reading tells us. The letter to the Hebrews is a build up to the author’s main idea: Christ is the Eternal High Priest.
  • Twenty Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time - “The will of the Lord will prosper, and out of anguish this Christian community will see the light.”
  • Twenty Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time - We thank God for the good times and bad, for sickness and health, for riches and poverty. We thank God for marriages that have lasted, we thank God for couples that struggle to keep their marriages together, we thank God for Divorcees within our midst, who have kept faithful to their God even if their spouses have not kept faithful to them.
  • Twenty Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time - Whom do we include and whom do we exclude in the leadership of the community as we seek to bring order, continuity and order in the community. The Spirit of God has been coming down on the people of God as far back as we know - for Joseph it came in the form of dreams, for Moses - it came in the form of a brilliance after he met face to face with God, for Mary, the Mother of God - it was the Word becoming flesh and dwelt in our midst
  • Twenty Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time - “They have just seen the miracles of Jesus: the walking on the water, the feeding of the multitude, the curing of the lame and the leper, the blind and the deaf.  They have seen how the crowds came to take Jesus and make him a King.
  • Twenty Fourth Sunday In Ordinary Time - “Who do you say I am?” Jesus is not asking a ‘tricky question” here to catch his apostles or us. He is not interested in what the media say about him. His question is not a matter of semantics or head games! Who do you say I am is a call to relationship. It is a call to accept not only the teaching of Jesus. It is a call not only to follow him through the streets of Galilee and Judea, it is a call to accept the Kingdom of God and all that it entails.
  • Twenty Second Sunday in Ordinary Time - “It is from within the human heart......” When I was studying French in Montreal way back in 1990, the teacher one day said to me in class, “Mr. Coutts do you think you are Picasso?” when I asked why, she replied, “you keep on putting accents wherever you like. You put an acute accent here, a grave accent there. Accents have a purpose. There is a rule as to where they are placed.
  • Twenty First Sunday in Ordinary Time - Come, eat of my bread and drink the wine mixed for you. It is not surprising therefore that this community finds it easy to love the Eucharist and they celebrate it naturally.
  • Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time - Moses gave the Israelites the option, “choose life or choose death.” Jesus gives us the same option. As the teenagers would say, “the choice is a no-brainer.” However, we might have the same difficulty as the people who first heard this message.
  • Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time - Prophets like Elijah and Jesus are always in constant danger when they speak the truth. Often this is unpalatable. More often it forces people to think outside the box, to think outside their comfort zone, to think outside the boundaries they are accustomed to think, live and act.
  • Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time - For people who have deep faith in God - difficulties like 5000 hungry people - are merely STOP SIGNS making us pause and recognize the hand of God.
  • Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time - Dear God,
    I like the Lord's prayer best of all.
    Did you have to write it a lot
    or did you get it right the first time ?
    I have to write everything I ever write
    over and over again.
  • Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time - These seem to be statements from someone who has a low self image, from persons who are insecure of themselves. If that is the case with you, then all the three readings in today’s liturgy will give you a lot of security. Ezekiel, Paul and even Jesus are suffering set backs in their work, in their ministry. Nothing seems to be going well, they do not seem to get their act together.
  • Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time - We are finally in ordinary time, but no Sunday is ordinary. Each Sunday is special when we once again recall the extraordinary relationship we are invited to, with God through our baptism. However, we call it Ordinary because it simply refers to “ordinal” - or the numbering of the Sundays.
  • Solemnity of the Body of Christ - We see Jesus as he raises the Cup of Blessing. It is not merely a Cup that we see on our Altars these days, gold or some other precious metal Chalice encrusted with Jewels. But it is a Cup of Blessing because it is shared by many. It is shared that we may be one.
  • Feast of The Holy Trinity - The Feast of the Holy Trinity is not a mental workout as to “Who God is?” but rather an invitation or call into a relationship. In the first place it is the very foundation of the entire Liturgical Celebration of the Eucharist that we are celebrating.
  • Pentecost Sunday - Go out to the whole world and preach the good news. Here were a rag-tag bunch of fishermen - lambs thrown to the wolves. They were asked to go the whole world. They were like a set of minor league players taking on Major League World Series Champions.
  • Ascension Sunday - Ascension Sunday seems to be like Union Station at Toronto or Penn Station New York. There is a whole set of goings and comings and baggage to attend to.
  • Sixth Sunday of Easter - we speak of THREE types of Love.
  • Fourth Sunday of Easter - “I will be with you at all times, unto the ends of the world.” Wherever we go, Jesus is always with us. You will find energy, wisdom and resourcefulness where you never imagined possible. Each of you can tell stories of strength where you never thought you could manage. We are never alone. We need to hold someone’s hand. And we are invited to put our hand in the Hand of the Man from Galilee.
  • Second Sunday of Easter - The Second Appearance related in the Gospel was connected with the faith. Thomas lays down the conditions: “Unless and until I see the marks of the nails and can put my finger in his side.” Unless I see the Mark of the Crucifixion, I cannot agree to believe.
  •  Holy Saturday - Jesus says, “IT HAS ONLY JUST BEGUN”
  • Good Friday - WHERE HAVE ALL THE GOOD MEN GONE?” Two thousand years ago, as Jesus hung on the Cross, he must have had the same thought.
  • Holy Thursday - “RE-MEMBER” - as the word suggest: to become Members once again in a new way: Members of the Body of Christ.
  • Fifth Sunday in Lent - “Create a new heart in me O Lord, that I may be of service to the people I am going to visit.” This 51 Psalm is probably the most famous of the Penitential Psalms, “wash me thoroughly from my iniquity and cleanse me from my sins.”
  • Fourth Sunday in Lent - Theme:  The Kingdom of Heaven is being established by God, are you ready to come on board.
  • Third Sunday in Lent - raditionally, it is a time for CLEANING - hence we speak of Spring Cleaning. We bring out the Sheers and light curtains which we will replace for the Winter heavy drapes.  Jesus does a different kind of Cleaning in our Gospel today.
  • Second Sunday in Lent - Our readings today have three points: Obedience, The Mountain and the Son.
  • First Sunday in Lent - Repent. Does it mean to turn away from Sin, to be sorry for my sins. The answer is Yes, but it means more than that. For Jesus - this invitation to Repent is an invitation to make a U-Turn on a One way street, when we are heading in the wrong direction.
  • Eigth Sunday in Ordinary Time - In the olden observance of Lent, people would abstain from meat and other gastronomic delights for the whole period of 40 days. The idea of fasting is not a Christian monopoly, the Muslims fast during Ramzan, and the Jews have an equally austere penitential period.
  • Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time - Our readings today is precisely of a God who IS the Wind that erases all our sins which are written on Sand.
  • Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time - Lay your hands gently upon us, Let their touch render your peace, Let them bring your forgiveness and healing, Lay your hands, gently lay your hands ...
  • Feb 5th - AS LONG AS WE STOP CONCENTRATING ON OURSELVES, and concentrate on others, we will find that life becomes interesting, alive and exciting. Otherwise like Job we will moan and groan.
  • Jan15, 2006 - Whatever the call, there are always three elements present in every Vocation. First the Call, second the Mission, third the response.
  • Epiphany, 2006 - “This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased.” When it came to the West, it became a commemoration of the Visit of the Wisemen from the East... or as we like to call them Magi from which the word Magic comes... and we are fascinated with things magical.
  • Christmas Day 2005 - A special letter ...
  • Fourth Sunday in Advent - “Be still and know that I am God...”
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