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    Pax Christi!

Fr. Matthew Charlesworth, S.J.

Welcome to this website. I am currently assisting the Pastor and Chaplain at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Braamfontein in the Archdiocese of Johannesburg.

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Homily: 28th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year A

Homily: 28th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year A

Today’s Gospel follows on from last week’s – the one about the wicked tenants. Now Jesus is becoming even blunter in the way he makes his point. If they did not understand last week’s parable, they have to, he thinks, understand this one. A marriage feast is a joyous occasion for any family. And when it is a royal family wedding, it’s an occasion to celebrate for the whole kingdom. And indeed, if we listened carefully – everyone was invited. In fact, God’s generosity was on display in all our readings today: We heard from the Prophet Isaiah in the first reading that “On this mountain the LORD of hosts ...
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Homily: 27th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year A

Homily: 27th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year A

During the week we celebrated World Teachers Day and I’d like to ask for your prayers for all of our teachers in Catholic Schools, and indeed, all our schools in our country. They deserve our thanks and our prayers for their dedication and work in preparing our future. Of course we hope they always strive to do their best, but we must thank and honour them today. And’s let not forget all lecturer’s and professor’s who also teach – though in a different way – their vocation must also be celebrated. Jesus was also a teacher – and I hope for many of our teachers, especially in Catholic Schools, he ...
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Homily: 26th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year A

Homily: 26th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year A

Today’s readings talk to us of conversion, the importance of what we do rather than what we say, and of the primacy of individual responsibility over communal responsibility. In our first reading today we hear how “when a wicked man turns away from the wickedness he has committed and does what is lawful and right, he shall save his life”. This describes the salvation that awaits a repentant sinner, one who abandons their old ways and adopts the new life that St Paul says we find in Christ. The prophet Ezekiel focuses in particular on the phenomenon – a phenomenon I’m sure we can recognize if we are honest with ...
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Homily: 25th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year A

Homily: 25th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year A

Last week we heard the parable of how the servant was forgiven his debts. The Lord was generous with his mercy and expected us to be generous in return. The Church also celebrated the Feast of the Apostle Matthew during the week and we read of how Jesus came and called Matthew. This scene is beautifully captured by Carravaggio’s famous artwork and it is an opportunity for us all to reflect on God’s calling to each of us. So it should be no surprise that today we hear of the generous call of God to each of us here today. Today’s Gospel is often called “The parable of the laborers ...
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