Job - Homily - 5th Sunday Ordinary Time - Year B

First: Job 7:1-4, 6-7
Psalm: 146
Second: 1 Cor 9:16-19,22-23
Gospel: Mark 1:29-39

This morning I preached without the normal notice period so I hadn't had the time to prepare as I normally do. The advantage is that the Homily is preached from notes rather than scripted. That gives the Holy Spirit much more scope to direct my words as I am delivering the homily. The disadvantages are that I have much more opportunity to waffle, and cant' include the detail and crafting I like to. It also means it's more difficult to post the homily here as it was never writen down. I did however type some very quick notes this morning before heading to church, and as I was using the iPad to read the notes I was able to record the homily so if you would like to hear what was said please use the link below.
As you can see and hear the notes and the audio are related but I very quickly moved away from from the notes.

Simple healing, no big event not ceremony, he took her hand
Everyone came, the whole town
A quiet place to pray
The human side of god, the personal view
Prayer said by the deacon while preparing the wine "By the mystery of this water and wine may we come to share in the divinity of Christ who humbled himself to share in our humanity."
Doing what you are called to do
Enjoying your work, do what you enjoy
But there will be time where nothing goes right
Job had loss everything his family, his farm, his wealth and his friends and the elders were lecturing him on what he must have done wrong to deserve it
Job though sad, grieving and depressed in today’s reading stayed with his faith and was in the end returned to good times
Staying strong in faith and doing what we feel draw to do compelled to do is todays message.
Christ came to heal, preach and ultimately save us
Paul came to tell us about Christianity
Job is and example of struggling to understand but staying with his faith
We all have gifts and talents, use those gifts and talents for God


  1. Deacon John

    Thanks for sharing this. I like that point you make about the simple approach Jesus took...very human...and the connection with Job...the downsides of being human. I like your tone of voice and diction. The babies crying give it real authenticity! Do you use the Ipad at the lectern during your homily?



  2. Brian, Thank you for your comments. I remeber the quality of the homilies you have posted, so I apprecaite the feedback. It's one of the things I miss about formation is the feedback. And as we never stop being formed by God feedback is always important.

    The iPad is quite often around church, but today was the first time I actually used it for notes. Mainly because I only knew I was preaching on Sunday morning halfway through the France Italy game so little time to prepare. I advantage of having the Ipad at the ambo was that I could easily use a sound recording app at record the homily. I was really please by how well it recorded and I will use it more often I think.

    How's your preaching developing and how lng before ordination for you?


  3. Thanks John! I gotta get me one of those Ipads - the Iphone is to small for that sort of stuff.

    Here's the latest on the first two posts...

    I've added you to my blogroll..