Homilies

Homilies: 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

My homily for the 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C) as preached during the 9.30am Mass in Sacred Heart Cathedral, Hamilton, and featuring the musical skills of Dr Anne Millard, the Cathedral's Director of Music. The readings proclaimed were Jeremiah 38:4-6, 8-10; Hebrews 12:1-4; Luke 12:49-53. "The dissonance in today's Gospel reminds us that… Continue reading Homilies: 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

Book Reviews

Review: The Broken Token

The Broken Token by Chris Nickson My rating: 3 of 5 stars The City of Leeds in the early 1700s is the backdrop for this story of murder, or more accurately a series of murders. Drawing the reader into the seedy underside and poverty that pervades Leeds, the story follows the Constable of Leeds, Richard… Continue reading Review: The Broken Token

Homilies

Homilies: 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

My homily for the 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C) as preached during the 5.30pm Saturday evening Mass in Sacred Heart Cathedral, Hamilton. The readings proclaimed were Wisdom 18:6-9; Hebrews 11:1-2, 8-19; Luke 12:32-48. "Our Gospel reminds as to always be ready to be held accountable for the way we have lived our Christian… Continue reading Homilies: 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

Book Reviews

Review: Broken for You: Jesus Christ the Catholic Priesthood & the Word of God

Broken for You: Jesus Christ the Catholic Priesthood & the Word of God by Francis J. Moloney My rating: 4 of 5 stars The celebration of Eucharist is central to the life of the Church and has been since Jesus said we should “do this” in his memory. For those ordained to the ordained priesthood,… Continue reading Review: Broken for You: Jesus Christ the Catholic Priesthood & the Word of God

Book Reviews

Review: Watching Out: Reflections on Justice and Injustice

Watching Out: reflections on justice and injustice by Julian Burnside My rating: 4 of 5 stars Sometimes being unwell provides a previously hidden opportunity for something enjoyable. Today that was the opportunity to read this book from Julian Burnside offering reflections on the justice system, not just the legal system.As those who know Burnside well,… Continue reading Review: Watching Out: Reflections on Justice and Injustice

Homilies

Homilies: 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

My homily for the 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C) as preached during the 5.30pm Saturday evening Mass in Sacred Heart Cathedral, Hamilton. The Scriptures proclaimed were Genesis 18:20-32; Colossians 2:12-14; Luke 11:1-13. "The Lord's Prayer is a wonderful yet dangerous prayer that reminds us that before all else God and God's agenda comes… Continue reading Homilies: 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

Book Reviews

Review: Watching Brief: Reflections on Human Rights, Law, and Justice

Watching Brief: reflections on human rights, law, and justice by Julian Burnside My rating: 3 of 5 stars Anyone even remotely familiar with the work of Julian Burnside QC will not be shocked by the range of subject matter that feature in this collection of his work. There are, unsurprisingly, a number of essays devoted… Continue reading Review: Watching Brief: Reflections on Human Rights, Law, and Justice

Homilies

Homilies: Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord, Year C

My homily for Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord (Year C) as preached during the 5pm Mass at Sacred Heart Cathedral, Hamilton. The readings were: Acts 10:34. 37-43; Colossians 3:1-4; John 20:1-9. "The Resurrection is the birth of our hope - for salvation, for life, for all that God created us to be.… Continue reading Homilies: Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord, Year C

Musings

The Modern Crosses Facing the World

The following was first featured on Vatican News. Pope Francis concluded the traditional Via Crucis at Rome’s Colosseum on Good Friday evening by reciting a litany of present-day crosses, representing various forms of suffering in the world today. Children, the elderly, the poor, families, migrants, and the earth itself: the Pope recalled these, and others,… Continue reading The Modern Crosses Facing the World