Homilies: 3rd Sunday of Advent, Year C

My homily for the 3rd Sunday of Advent (Year C) as preached during the 5pm Mass at Sacred Heart Cathedral, Hamilton on Sunday 16 December 2018. The readings were Zephaniah 3:14-18; Philippians 4:4-7; Luke 3:10-18. "Our readings today remind us that preparations for Christmas during Advent are about preparing ourselves to welcome the Reign of … Continue reading Homilies: 3rd Sunday of Advent, Year C

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Homilies: 1st Sunday of Advent, Year C

My homily for the 1st Sunday of Advent (Year C) as preached during the 5.30pm Mass at Sacred Heart Cathedral, Hamilton. The readings were Jeremiah 33:14-16; 1 Thessalonians 3:12 - 4:2; Luke 21:25-28, 34-36. "The arrival of Advent focuses our attention on the fulfilled promise of God to send the Messiah, a promise once fulfilled … Continue reading Homilies: 1st Sunday of Advent, Year C

Homilies: Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

My homily for the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe (Year B) as preached during the 5.30pm Mass at Sacred Heart Cathedral, Hamilton. The readings were Daniel 7:13-14; Revelation 1:5-8; John 18:33-37. "The Feast of Christ the King challenges our understanding of exactly what the Reign of God is meant to … Continue reading Homilies: Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

Homiles: 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

My homily for the 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B) as preached during the 9am Mass at St Joseph's Church, The Junction. The readings were Daniel 12:1-3; Hebrews 10:11-14; Mark 13:24-32. This Mass was the annual Remembrance Mass for those whose funerals have been celebrated in the church during the past year, and for … Continue reading Homiles: 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

Homilies: 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

My homily for the 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B) as preached during the 5pm Mass at Sacred Heart Cathedral, Hamilton. The readings were 1 Kings 17:10-16; Hebrews 9:24-28; Mark 12:38-44. "The observation of the behaviour of people contributing to the Temple treasury is a reminder to us that, like the widow, Christians are … Continue reading Homilies: 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

Homilies: 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

My homily for the 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B) as preached during the 9.30am Mass at Sacred Heart Cathedral, Hamilton. The readings were Deuteronomy 6:2-6; Hebrews 7:23-28; Mark 12:28-34. "Jesus turns the question asked by the scribe into a challenge to mere adherence in the external forum. True faith is not to be … Continue reading Homilies: 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

Homilies: 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

My homily for the 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B) as preached during the 5pm Mass at Sacred Heart Cathedral, Hamilton. The readings were Jeremiah 31:7-9; Hebrews 5:1-6; Mark 10:46-52. "Bartimaeus calls out to Jesus, seeking Jesus' compassion and presence. His request - to see again - stand in direct contrast to that of … Continue reading Homilies: 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

Homilies: 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

My homily for the 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B) as preached during the 5.30pm Saturday evening Mass at Sacred Heart Cathedral, Hamilton. The readings were Isaiah 50:5-9; James 2:14-18; Mark 8:27-35. "Confessing Jesus to be the Christ along with Peter is not enough. We are called to live that faith through good works, … Continue reading Homilies: 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

Homilies: 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B (Child Protection Sunday)

My homily for the 23rdd Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B) - also marked as Child Protection Sunday - as preached during the 9.30am Mass at Sacred Heart Cathedral, Hamilton. The readings were Isaiah 35:4-7; James 2:1-5; Mark 7:31-37. "The ears of all of us have been opened to the stories of those who have … Continue reading Homilies: 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B (Child Protection Sunday)

Homilies: 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

My homily for the 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B) as preached during the 5pm Mass at Sacred Heart Cathedral, Hamilton. The readings were Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-8; James 1:17-18, 21-22, 27; Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23. "Holiness cannot be gained or lost by the keeping or otherwise of external actions. Holiness is a gift from … Continue reading Homilies: 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

Homilies: 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

My homily for the 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B) as preached during the 5pm Mass at Sacred Heart Cathedral, Hamilton. The readings were Joshua 24:1-2, 15-18; Ephesians 5:21-32; John 6:60-69. "Could the grumbling from some of the disciples be a case of misplaced expectations? Might it be that they were unable to cope … Continue reading Homilies: 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

Homilies: 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

My homily for the 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B) as preached during the 5pm Mass at Sacred Heart Cathedral, Hamilton. The readings were 1 Kings 19:4-8; Ephesians 4:30 - 5:2; John 6:41-51. "The bread which Jesus promises is not designed to satisfy our physical hunger, but rather to feed us for eternal life, … Continue reading Homilies: 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

Homilies: 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

My homily for the 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B) as preached during the 5pm Mass at Sacred Heart Cathedral, Hamilton. The readings were Exodus 16:2-4, 12-15; Ephesians 4:17, 20-24; John 6:24-35. "The Israelites and the crowd that were fed by Jesus both missed the point of the divine hospitality offered to them. God … Continue reading Homilies: 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

Homilies: 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

My homily for the 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B) as preached during the 5pm Mass at Sacred Heart Cathedral, Hamilton. The readings were 2 Kings 4:42-44; Ephesians 4:1-6; John 6:1-15. "The feeding of the five thousand reminds that the Lord's hospitality is abundant and gracious, and is not dependent on the size of … Continue reading Homilies: 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B