Homilies: The Solemnity of the Ascension, Year A

The homily preached by Bishop Bill for the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord (Year A) from the live-streamed 9.30 am Mass from the (all-but-empty) Sacred Heart Cathedral, Hamilton.

The readings proclaimed were Acts 1:1-11; Ephesians 1:17-23; Matthew 28:16-20.

“My hope is that this time of lesser activity will be an opportunity for us to reflect on what really matters, on what we have most profoundly missed, and will allow us to return to the most fundamental ‘Mission’ of the Church, to be the Lord’s witnesses in the world, to go out to all the world and tell the good news, to go, make disciples of all the nations.”

Homilies: 5th Sunday of Easter, Year A

Bishop Bill’s homily for the 5th Sunday of Easter (Year A) as preached during the live-streamed 9.30 am Mass from an all-but-empty Sacred Heart Cathedral, Hamilton.

The readings proclaimed were Acts 6:1-7; 1 Peter 2:4-9; John 14:1-12.

“As Christians we do not have to struggle with an ‘idea’ of God. We have ‘seen’ God, as our Scriptures remind us. Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life, and through Jesus Christ we know God, not just in thought but in reality. As Christians, as Catholics, we cannot talk about God except by talking about Jesus.”

Homilies: 3rd Sunday of Easter, Year A

The homily for the 3rd Sunday of Easter (Year A) as preached by Bishop Bill during the live-streamed 9.30 am Mass from Sacred Heart Cathedral, Hamilton.

The readings proclaimed were Acts 2:14, 22-33; 1 Peter 1:17-21; Luke 24:13-35.

“On the road to Emmaus, Jesus turns our focus from our own hopes and wants – from being followers – to truly knowing the Risen Christ and becoming truly joyful disciples of the One who has become known to us. The call of the Gospel is not primarily about us, but about Christ and about making him known because we have first come to know him.”