A Reflection for the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord

I had just commemorated 40 years of my first arrival in Brazil when I received an invitation to write a personal reflection on the Ascension of Jesus. Over the years, with an average of 3 weekend Masses, I have probably given well over 100 homilies on the Ascension Feast.

A Reflection for the Sixth Sunday of Easter

Apart from watching TV shows of shepherds at sheepdog trials, something that always enthrals me, I can’t say I’ve seen many shepherds in Ireland. Early this year I was in Kenya, visiting a fellow missionary.

A Reflection for the Fifth Sunday of Easter

My first reaction to today’s Gospel was one of shock - something terrible had happened. Judas had gone to betray Jesus, but Jesus simply said: ‘Now has the Son of Man been glorified, and in him God has been glorified.’