Homily, Fourth Day of Retreat to Priests of the Diocese of Galway
Knock Shrine, Co Mayo
Thursday, 11 May 2017
I am astonished at the liturgical providence of God displayed for us today in the texts of this Holy Mass. There is not a day in the calendar when God does not, in some way, reach out to each of us through the sacred liturgy. There is not a day when God, acting through His liturgical providence, does not address to each of use the word that cleanses, that heals, that illumines. If we hear nothing, retain nothing, and go away empty, it is not because God has failed us; it is because we have not known how to open the ear of our hearts to God. Rightly does the Church make us say, morning after morning: “Would you but listen to his voice to-day! Do not harden your hearts” (Psalm 94:8)
Today’s Entrance Antiphon speaks directly to our departure from Knock, and to our going forth after these days in the presence of the Lamb.
O God, when you went