Homilies by Fr. Mark Goring, CC

Made to Love

When Jesus is asked what the greatest commandment is, he doesn’t hesitate: it is to love. We need to love God and love others. We are made by God, who is love, so we shouldn’t be surprised to hear that we were made for love! Fr. Mark reminds us that love is at the core of our identity and our mission.

The Heavenly Feast

One of the most common metaphors for heaven is “the feast”. There are numerous times throughout Scripture when Jesus refers to heaven as a feast, or a banquet, or as him dining with us. In the final homily of our preaching series, “At Your Service”, Fr. Mark reminds us that we are called to invite everyone to this amazing feast!

He’s Not Asking for Much

As we continue our current series called “At Your Service”, Fr. Mark shares an image he saw, the image of Jesus the suffering servant. He is at the door of our hearts asking us to serve. He sets aside his majesty, taking the form of a slave. Could you serve coffee after Mass? Could you play in the choir? Could you give a teaching? These simple tasks are not simple to him, they are very meaningful.

Forgiveness is a Daily Choice

God loves to forgive us! Just like the prodigal son, God is always waiting for us to turn back and repent from our past. Yet we have such a hard time forgiving each other. For some people, forgiving a person for a past hurt can be the hardest moment in their life. Fr. Mark teaches us to make forgiveness a part of each day. At the end of the day, ask yourself “who do I need to forgive today?”

The World is Not Your Final Destination

We are not of this world – but we are in this world. This world cannot receive the Holy Spirit, but we can. As humans, we have an attachment to this world that we must overcome. We have a tendency for things that are bad for us. Fr. Mark reminds us that the world is not our destination – it is a ship that brings us to our destination. We need to keep that mindset during this life.

Going After the Lost Sheep

Jesus is the Good Shepherd who always goes after the lost sheep. Fr. Mark reminds us that we are also called to be shepherds in this life and lead others into relationship with Him. Here at St. Mary’s, we bring people in and challenge them to the five week challenge – so that they can experience the love of God.

My Lord and My God

When we look into the wounds of Jesus, as St. Thomas did, we see the heart of God. Fr. Mark describes the unfathomable mercy of Jesus, our Lord and our God.

Witnessing the Resurrection

How do we know if Jesus rose from the dead if we did not witness it ourselves? As Fr. Mark explains at the Easter Vigil, the case for Christ’s resurrection is clear – hundreds of people witnessed it with their own eyes. Christ is truly risen!

Listen to Him

In the entirety of Scripture, there is only one time where God directly speaks to a large crowd of people. We see this at the Transfiguration when He says: “This is my beloved Son: listen to Him.” This is a common theme in the Bible and a commandment that we must take very seriously. Fr. Mark explains how reading the Bible is key to living out this command. We live in a broken world affected by sin, and God’s Word…

Let Love Lead Your Lent

Deciding what to do for Lent can be challenging, and sticking it can be even harder. Like a sailboat relying on the wind, we must also rely on God to strengthen our Lenten penance. Fr. Mark explains the “Daniel Fast” and how he learned to let love lead him through Lent. For more Lenten resources, visit stmarysottawa.ca/lent