Fr Thomas’ Homily for the 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time

In recent days I have been bringing out my possessions both old and new to sort them. There are all kind of things scattered in my house and it is like a dragnet cast into the sea that brings in a haul of all kinds. Now like a fisherman I will have to sort them out, box all good stuff and the bad stuff to be thrown into the garbage bin. It reminds me of what the Lord said about the Kingdom of God. The Kingdom will collect all sorts, but at the end the Lord will send his angels to sort out the good and the evil.

Fr Thomas’ Homily for the 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Prasad flies in and out of a Kerala city just for burglary!  That does not mean he is not religious!  He always prayed in the local temple before starting his burglary!  He believes in a god who will assist him to steal the hard-earned treasures of other people.  Prasad does not have any qualms about stealing because he trusts in the material riches more than a benevolent god.  Unfortunately, such kind of faith is not too rare.  But genuine faith is far from it.

Fr Thomas’ Homily for the 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Manipur state of India is burning with violence now.  Taking advantage of the conflict between Meitei and Kuki people, Hindus are attacking Christians and burning churches.  At least 80 Christians have been reported killed since the violence started on 3rd of May.

Fr Thomas’ Homily for the 11th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Ukraine war, like any other war,  is all about dominion over people and territory.  So is the internal conflict in Sudan of which we hear terrible stories of atrocities.  China is accused of using debt trap to expand its control over countries and their trade.  All these cases fall in one category – fight for dominion.  Imperial world of the old was no different.

Fr Thomas’ Homily for Corpus Christi

In this winter we see many trees with bare branches after having shed the leaves. Before shedding them, the leaves turned very colourful, attracting everyone’s attention, the social media gets filled with autumn colours.

Fr Thomas’ Homily for Trinity Sunday

We just concluded the Reconciliation Week, an annual reminder for all Australians the need to connect with the first nation people of our country.  What is the wrong that needs reconciliation?  The words of Noel Pearson, an aboriginal leader, drives to the heart of the issue.

Fr Thomas’ Homily for Pentecost Sunday

Jesus breathed the Holy Spirit on the terrified disciples who locked themselves up in a room.  That breath of Jesus was a new beginning for them.  They were empowered even to forgive sins.  Pentecost was a Jewish feast before Christians adopted it.