Homilies: Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, Year B

My homily for the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord (Year B) As preached during the 5.30 pm Saturday evening Mass from Sacred Heart Cathedral, Hamilton.

The readings proclaimed were Isaiah 42:1-4, 6-7; Acts 10:34-38; Mark 1:7-11.

“Through the action of being baptised in the Jordan, Jesus has united himself to us, and through our baptism, we have been united with the life, death and resurrection of Jesus.”

Homilies: Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord, Year B

My homily for the Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord (Year B) as preached during the 9.30 am Mass from Sacred Heart Cathedral, Hamilton.

The readings proclaimed were Isaiah 60:1-6; Ephesians 3:2-3, 5-6; Matthew 2:1-12.

“For the world in which we live, Christmas may be over. For faithful Christians, however, Christmas can never be over. We are called to journey each and every day as Christmas people, bearing witness to the truth of ‘God-with-us’, proclaiming what have come to know to others – just like the Magi who journeyed to find that which they sought, and then journeyed back to their own countries filled with joy and wisdom.”

Homilies: Feast of the Holy Family, Year B

My homily for the Feast of the Holy Family (Year B) as preached during the 9.30 am Mass from Sacred Heart Cathedral, Hamilton.

The readings proclaimed were Genesis 15:1-6, 21:1-3; Hebrews 11:8, 11-12, 17-19; Luke 2:22-40.

“Faith is a powerful thing, and it is the family that is the social construct that allows faith to take root in our hearts and be passed on from generation to generation. Like the Holy Family, we are called to live a life of faith in relationship with our family – in whatever way that is constructed – and to pass our experience of faith on to the next generation and to the world.”

Homilies: 4th Sunday of Advent, Year B

My homily for the 4th Sunday of Advent (Year B) as preached during the 5.30 pm Saturday Evening Mass from Sacred Heart Cathedral, Hamilton.

The readings proclaimed were 2 Samuel 7:1-5, 8-12, 14, 16; Romans 16:25-27; Luke 1:26-38.

“The angel’s message to Mary is not just a revelation about what God will do, but combined with Mary’s simple ‘yes’ it becomes the moment when God is joined with human flesh in the body of Mary, as the Eternal Word takes on human form in her womb.”

Homilies: Solemnity of All Saints

My homily for the Solemnity of All Saints as preached during the 5.30 pm Saturday Evening Mass from Sacred Heart Cathedral, Hamilton.

The readings proclaimed were Apocalypse 7:2-4, 9-14; 1 John 3:1-3; Matthew 5:1-12..

“The Saints are not just those whom we acknowledge in our liturgical calendar across the year. We are all created and called to be the ‘Saints of God’, those whom God has chosen and called to be in a close and righteous relationship with God. Thousands of generations of Saints have gone before us; a thousand more generation may come after us. But we are called to live out our lives struggling to be that which God has called us to be – God’s Saints.”