2nd Sunday in Ordinary time

A wee boy was sitting in the pew and looked with confusion at a priest in front of him. The priest was holding something white in his hand, both his hands raised above his head; clearly, the priest was showing something. The boy’s confusion sprang from the obvious disparity between what was being shown and…

4th Sunday of Advent

I really didn’t feel like going to church this morning. I tried to negotiate with God and decided to flip a coin. For tails, I’d go back to bed; for heads, I’d watch the telly; I’d go to church if the coin landed on its edge. I tossed the coin up in the air and…

2nd Sunday of Advent

Weasel, worm, sloth, slug, vulture, snake, pig, rat, dog, cow, chicken, fish, shark, monkey, wolf, dinosaur… That’s just a tiny selection of animals used to describe people. We use them to express our tender affection towards those we love or to express our dislike of others. Sometimes we use such phrases to vent our frustration…

Sunday of Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

A comedian died and was waiting at the gates of Heaven, where he overheard St Peter assessing the people in front of him in the queue the way we’ve just heard in today’s gospel reading. The comedian felt ashamed and embarrassed that he couldn’t recall doing any of the good deeds listed. When it came…

33rd Sunday in Ordinary time

‘I’ve done nothing wrong’. I don’t have any official statistics to hand, but anecdotally this phrase is among the most commonly used explanations or excuses. Sometimes this phrase is worded rather differently, such as ‘I didn’t break the law’ or ‘I haven’t done anything illegal’. But the meaning remains the same: ‘doing nothing wrong’ is…