Homilies: 3rd Sunday of Lent, Year C

My homily for the 3rd Sunday of Lent, Year C, as preached during the live-streamed 9.30am Mass from Sacred Heart Cathedral, Hamilton. During today’s Mass, we baptised Oliver and celebrated the First Scrutiny with Donald.

The readings proclaimed were Exodus 17:3-7; Romans 5:1-2, 5-8; John 4:5-42. Today’s psalm is Psalm 94: “If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.”

“The conversation between Jesus and the Samaritan woman was initiated by Jesus, not the woman, and it was the conversation that brought the gift of faith alive in her heart and changed her life. Faith is not something we initiated; it starts with God reaching out to us, and we respond not just in one moment but across the course of our lives.”

Homilies: 2nd Sunday of Lent, Year C

My homily for the 2nd Sunday of Lent, Year C, as preached during the live-streamed 9.30am Mass from Sacred Heart Cathedral, Hamilton.

The readings proclaimed were Genesis 15:5-12, 17-18; Philippians 3:17 – 4:1; Luke 9:28-36. Today’s Psalm is Psalm 26: “The Lord is my light and my salvation”.

“The transfiguration of the Lord confirms what Jesus had been teaching his apostles in the days before, that Jesus, ‘the Chosen One’, had to go to Jerusalem, to suffer and to die, in order to fulfil God’s plan of salvation for humanity. It is a reminder that God’s ways are not our ways, and that we are called to play the part in God’s plan rather than focus on what we think should happen.”

Homilies: 8th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

My homily for the 8th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C, as preached during the live-streamed 9.30am Mass from Sacred Heart Cathedral, Hamilton.

The readings proclaimed were Sirach 27:4-7; 1 Corinthians 15:54-58; Luke 6:39-45. Today’s Psalm is Psalm 91: “Lord, it is good to give thanks to you”.

“Rather than judging others, or even attempting to draw them to a ‘right way of life’, our Gospel today has Jesus showing us that the first step is to ‘get our own house in order’, to ensure that our heart is aligned to God and what God asks of us, before passing judgment on others or calling our their behaviours. If our heart is not aligned to God, what comes from our mouth is also not aligned to God.”

Homilies: 7th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

My homily for the 7th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C, as preached during the live-streamed 9.30am Mass from Sacred Heart Cathedral, Hamilton. Today we marked the 60th anniversary of the service of Sisters from Our Lady’s Nurses of the Poor in the Newcastle area.

The readings proclaimed were 1 Samuel 26: 2, 7-9, 12-13, 22-23; 1 Corinthians 15:45-49; Luke 6:27-38. Today’s Psalm is Psalm 102: “The Lord is kind and merciful”.

“In the exaggerated style of the prophets, Jesus calls us to undertake tasks that society would consider foolish. It is a reminder that our ways are God’s ways, not societies, even if society tells us we are foolish and dismisses us.”

Homilies: 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

My homily for the 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C, as preached during the live-streamed 9.30am Mass from Sacred Heart Cathedral, Hamilton.

The readings proclaimed were Jeremiah 17:5-8; 1 Corinthians 15:12, 16-20; Luke 6:17, 20-26. Today’s Psalm is Psalm 1: “Happy are those who hope in the Lord.”

“Luke’s recounting of the Beatitudes highlights the difference between following the true prophets, those who call God’s people back to right relationship with God even at the risk of death, and following the false prophets, who serve not God but the latest fashion, the latest fad, because it does not require conversion of heart. Our hope is the in the Lord, and we are called to listen to what God makes known to us, trusting solely in God’s wisdom.”

Homilies: 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

My homily for the 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C, as preached during the live-streamed 9.30am Mass from Sacred Heart Cathedral, Hamilton. Today is also marked as Word of God Sunday.

The readings proclaimed were Isaiah 6:1-8; 1 Corinthians 15:1-11; Luke 5:1-11. Today’s Psalm is Psalm 137: “In the sight of the angels I will sing your praises, Lord.”

“Like Isaiah, Paul and Peter, we are called not only to hear the Word of God addressed to us but to listen. Listening requires being open to allowing the Word of God to penetrate our very being, to find a home in our very self, and accepting that by doing so we will be forever transformed because the Word of God will change us.”

Homilies: 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

My homily for the 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C, as preached during the live-streamed 9.30am Mass from Sacred Heart Cathedral, Hamilton.

The readings proclaimed were Jeremiah 1:4-5, 17-19; 1 Corinthians 12:31 – 13:13; Luke 4:21-30. Today’s Psalm is Psalm 70: “I will sing of your salvation.”

“The mission of Jesus is not simply to those who are expecting the Messiah, the Promised One of the Lord, but also – and perhaps necessarily so – to those who have not encountered that promise. We, too, are not able to restrict our proclamation of the Good News of Jesus only to those who we wish to proclaim it; our task is to proclaim the Reign of God to the whole world.”