Homilies: 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

My homily for the 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C, as preached on Sunday 2 October 2022.

The readings proclaimed were Habakkuk 1:2-3, 2:2-4; 2 Timothy 1:6-8, 13-14; Luke 17:5-9. Today’s psalm is Psalm 94: “If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.”

“‘Increase our faith’, the disciples ask Jesus. Yet, Jesus reminds us that our faith is enough, enough to be fanned into a flame that will set the world on fire for the glory of God. Every gift we have been given, including the gift of faith itself, is given to us so that God might be glorified through us.”

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Homilies: 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

My homily for the 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C, as preached on Sunday 25 September 2022.

The readings proclaimed were Amos 6:1, 4-7; 1 Timothy 6:11-16; Luke 16:19-31. Today’s psalm is Psalm 145: “Praise the Lord, my soul!”

“Unlike the rich man we hear about in our Gospel, we are called to use those things God has given us for the sake of those who are at the fringes of society. God’s blessings to us are not solely for our comfort or our aggrandizement, but also for those we find at our gates who have a rightful call on our care, our compassion, and our hospitality.”

Homilies: 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

My homily for the 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C, as preached during the 9.30am Mass at St Mary’s Church, Dungog.

The readings proclaimed were Amos 8:4-7; 1 Timothy 2:1-8; Luke 16:1-13. Today’s psalm is Psalm 112: “Praise the Lord who lifts up the poor.”

“Money, “that tainted thing”, is a necessary thing in contemporary society. It allows us to feed and clothe ourselves, and to do those things that we might need to do to assist others. Money is also helpful when it comes to furthering the Kingdom of God. Yet when money becomes an end unto itself, we are truly in danger of drifting away from a life that has God at the centre.”

Homilies: 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

My homily for the 23rdd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C, as preached during the 9.30am Mass at St Mary’s Church, Dungog.

The readings proclaimed were Wisdom 9:13-18; Philemon 9-10, 12-17; Luke 14:25-33. Today’s psalm is Psalm 89: “In every age, O Lord, you have been our refuge.”

“Paul’s letter to Philemon calls Philemon to a conversion of heart that then leads to a change of behaviour, i.e., a recognition that Onesimus is no longer a slave but a fellow believer in Christ, a brother in the Spirit. The challenge for us is to resist the pressing call to see ‘the other’ as anything less than being created in the image and likeness of God as we are. ‘The other’ is not to be disregarded but seen as one with us in God’s grace.”

Evangelisation Is More Than Apologetics

An interesting article (see below) found in the National Catholic Reporter by Michael Sean Winters that contains the following powerful paragraph:

Similarly, cultivating discernment in the life of the church takes more work than simply memorizing the catechism. A rote faith may be real, but it will not be well suited to evangelization. It will only be capable of apologetics. There is a place for apologetics, to be sure, but unless pastoral leaders distinguish apologetics from evangelization, we will continue to drive away five young people for every one we attract. Reducing the faith to a set of propositions is very Kantian. For a sliver of the ambient population, such a reduction works, but for millions of other people, it is the tenderness of God, not the theses about God, that attract and stir the heart. Here it is Francis, not his critics, who is most faithful to theĀ ressourcement, or return to the Patristic sources and Scripture that characterized Vatican II.

We could do worse than forget any of this – the Church is called to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ, not simply elucidate a set of fixed doctrines. The latter must flow from the former, and not the other way round.

Homilies: 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

My homily for the 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C, as preached during the 9.30am Mass at St Mary’s Church, Dungog.

The readings proclaimed were Sirach 3:17-20, 28-29; Hebrews 12:18-19, 22-24; Luke 14:1, 7-14. Today’s psalm is Psalm 67: “God, in your goodness, you have made a home for the poor.”

“Unlike the People of Israel who were taken out of Egypt and led into the wilderness, where they wandered for forty years as strangers in a strange land, those who embark on the Christian pilgrimage of life know their final destination. And when they reach the heavenly Jerusalem, they are welcomed not as strangers but as citizens, as first-born children, who were meant to be there. Knowing the final place we are destined for makes walking the path of the Christian life a little easier.”

Homilies: 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

My homily for the 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C, as preached during the 8am Mass at St Patrick’s Church, Clarence Town.

The readings proclaimed were Jeremiah 38:4-6, 8-10; Hebrews 12:1-4; Luke 12:49-53. Today’s psalm is Psalm 39: “Lord, come to my aid!”

“Hearing Jesus speak about fire, division and the like seems odd, particularly when his birth was announced wishing peace on those of good will. Yet for those who hear the words of Jesus, and the call to conversion that comes with it, we are aware that not everyone will like what they hear or answer the call to change of heart. They may prefer Christians to remain silent, but having heard the Good News of the Reign of God, we have no other choice than to live that word, and speak that word into the world.”