Homilies: Celebration of the Lord’s Passion

Bishop’s Bill homily for Good Friday’s Celebration of the Lord’s Passion as preached during the 3 pm liturgy from Sacred Heart Cathedral, Hamilton. Our apologies for the ‘gaps’ in the audio; there were some unforeseen technical issues.

The readings proclaimed were Isaiah 52:13 – 53:12; Hebrews 4:14-16, 5:7-9; John 18:1 – 19:42.

Homilies: 5th Sunday of Lent, Year A

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

The readings proclaimed were Ezekiel 37:12-14; Romans 8:8-11; John 11:1-45.

“I am the resurrection and life. If anyone believes in me, even though he dies he will live, and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.”

Homilies: 4th Sunday of Lent, Year A

My homily for the 4th Sunday of Lent (Year A) as preached in an empty Sacred Heart Cathedral, Hamilton as Mass was celebrated at 9.30 am in the absence of the assembly.

The readings proclaimed were 1 Samuel 16:1, 6-7, 10-13; Ephesians5:8-14; John 9:1-41.

“The journey of the man born blind and the authorities stand in stark contrast to each other. One moves from physical blindness, to sight, to spiritual awareness; the other moves from physical sight deeper into darkness brought about by attempts to deny the reality staring them in the face. In a time when the world – and the Church – is confronted by pandemic, we could be tempted to deny the facts and reality which we face. Or we could seek to allow God to draw us into a spiritual awakening that focuses on the revelation of God in the here and now. The choice is ours.”

Homilies: 1st Sunday of Lent, Year A

My homily for the 1st Sunday of Lent (Year A) as preached during the 9.30 am Mass in Sacred Heart Cathedral, Hamilton.

The readings were Genesis 2:7-9, 3:1-7; Romans 5:12-19; Matthew 4:1-11.

“The three temptations of Jesus reflect the same three attributes that were the gifts of God to humankind in Eden – food, protection, and place. The response of Jesus reminds us that the Season of Lent is the opportunity to repent of any belief we might have that we are at the centre of creation or that we are able to receive all of God’s promised gifts through our own efforts.”

Homilies: 7th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A

My homily for the 7th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A) as preached during the 5.30 pm Saturday evening Mass in Sacred Heart Cathedral, Hamilton.

The readings were Leviticus 19:1-2, 17-18; 1 Corinthians 3:16-23; Matthew 5:38-48.

“We don’t join a faction or group when we are baptised; we join Christ! We belong to Christ, and therefore to God, not the other way round. When we forget that, we forget the most important thing – something beyond personal preference or personal ideology. God is at the centre of everything, and everything we are and do serves God.”

Homilies: 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A

My homily for the 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A) as preached during the 9.30 am Mass in Sacred Heart Cathedral, Hamilton.

The readings proclaimed were Sirach 15:15-20; 1 Corinthians 2:6-10; Matthew 5:17-37.

“True righteousness before God is not measured by the external observance of God’s laws and teachings, but of allowing the laws and teachings to transform us at our very core. Only when we allow ourselves to be converted in our hearts has the law and the prophets been fulfilled.”

Homilies: 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A

My homily for the 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A) as preached during the 8 am Mass in St Columba’s Church, Adamstown.

The readings were Isaiah 58:7-10; 1 Corinthians 2:1-5; Matthew 5:13-16.

“We are called to a be light to the nation, and the only way we can do that is by following what we hear in Scripture about how we are called to act and to be. Be bold and be brave in following Jesus, and don’t allow the light to diminished by the tubs of fear or complacency.”