30th Sunday Year A. Number 19. A realhomilie and family prayer by Fr.Kevin Walsh

20 Oct


Dear One and All,

What great weather we are having in Sydney? We can actually feel that Summer is coming! This evening I’m sure that I could feel a slight sea breeze!!!!  🙂 So, make yourself comfortable, and enjoy the realhomilie.


In today’s Gospel, it is interesting to see that the two commandments Jesus puts before us actually sum up the Ten Commandments given to Moses on Mt.Sinai. If we love God, we will not have false Gods, and we will then keep His day Holy.  If we love our neighbours, we will honour our parents. We will not steal, kill, tell lies, or covet our neighbour’s wife or husband.  In another part of the Gospel, Jesus asks one of the leaders what are the most important commandments, and he gives the same answer as we have in today’s gospel. There was yet another time when Jesus was asked what the law said, and he quoted these commandments, and went on to say, ‘but I say to you, you should love your enemies, pray for those who persecute you….’ At the last Supper he said, “A new commandment I give you; you must love one another as I love you.” But there is something else which for me is the great icon of love, and that is getting on the knees and washing the feet of the Disciples. In this action we can see, reverence, humility and complete trust……these are the some of the fundamental foundations of true covenant love. God is the Bridegroom, we are the Bride!

Let’s take the message of the Gospel closer to home. It would seem that one of the most difficult places to
live Christianity is at home in our Kitchen, lounge room, dining room, and computer room. It is much easier to have opinions, and be concerned about injustices in the Middle East, the Horn of Africa and in South East Asia. We really must live our Christianity on the ‘home front’. I remember my Mum and Dad telling me and my sister that Charity begins at home! So true isn’t it? If we foster forgiveness at home, it flows out from the family to others. The same goes with having time for one another where this can actually happen. Or do we let Computer Games, Twitter, Facebook, text messages, and surfing the net and internet chat rooms, swallow up the precious time of being together as family? Avoidance of each other at home, by taking off to our room, shutting the door, can be an icon for…’Leave me alone with my friends…..this can cause barriers in listening to each other and sharing with each other. That can be the hard part!

Looking at the Reading from the Book of Exodus and the Gospel of Matthew today, we certainly do not need a
degree in Theology to understand its meaning. It is clear, simple and to the point, but alone we can find it very difficult. Together, and in Christ, we can work at it. However, it must be a continuous personal and community effort, which will make Christ known, and loved. Let us pray: ‘Come, Spirit, breath, and power of God. Enter my heart, and generate within me the heart of Jesus. Let his love, forgiveness, and service flow through me to others. Amen’


Blessed are those who have a forgiving Heart, they will see God.

Blessed are the humble of heart, they will find rest for their souls.

Blessed are the warm-hearted, they will radiate goodness.

Blessed are those who work with the heart; they will find joy in their work.

Blessed are those who do not lose heart, they will find the strength to persevere.

And blessed are those who set their hearts on the Kingdom of God; everything else
will be given them.

           God Bless you and may we never forget each other in prayer.



Preparing a simple
‘prayer setting’ does set the tone. A
Crucifix, candle, and open bible on a
small cloth, with a small Vase for a

We rejoice in the love of God made known to us in Jesus Christ. Let us pray that God will strengthen us in faith and send us as messengers to share Christ’s love with all in need.

  1. For the church and its leaders, for Benedict our Pope and  our local  Bishop________, that they may
    preach the word in truth and inspire us by their example of service, we pray to
    the Lord: Lord, graciously hear us.
  2. For the whole Body of Christ, all the baptised everywhere, that we live the message
    of the Gospel and when we fail, rejoice in the gift of forgiveness, we pray to
    the Lord: Lord, graciously hear us.
  3. For leaders of nations, cities, and states, that a spirit of wisdom, charity and
    justice may prevail and that their decisions strengthen the common good, we
    pray to the Lord:Lord, graciously hear us.
  4. For those who are dear to us but are not present among us, that we may hold them in our heart and mind and that they may be surrounded by Christ’s loving care, we pray to the Lord:Lord, graciously hear us.
  5. For the sick, that they may be comforted in their suffering, and for all who care
    for them, that they may be agents of the healing and life-giving Holy Spirit,
    we pray to the Lord:Lord, graciously hear us.
  6. For the gift of creation, that we may use its resources rightly and be wise
    stewards of its abundance, we pray to the Lord:Lord, graciously hear us.
  7. If anyone would like to share a prayer, for the needs of the world in which we live, the Global Christian Community, the needs in prayer that have been asked of us from our friends, some of the needs that we have seen on the TV News during the week, for people that we know who are doing their HSC, and people that we know who have died recently or whose anniversaries are close………………………………..Lord, graciously hear us. Lord, graciously hear us.

Gracious and loving God, may our lives bear witness to the mercy and grace made known in
your Son, Jesus Christ, in whose name we pray. Amen










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