Homilies: 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

My homily for the 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C. This was preached during my sabbatical leave at a location outside my usual preaching locations. This occasion was an 8am Mass.

The readings proclaimed were Deuteronomy 30:10-14; Colossians 1:15-20; Luke 10:25-37. Today’s psalm is Psalm 68: “Turn to the Lord in your need, and you will live.”

“‘Who is my neighbour?’ An almost innocuous question asked of Jesus by a teacher of the law, but one with profound consequences for the disciples of Jesus down to this very day. The parable of the Good Samaritan expands the range of those who have a rightful call on our love and care to include, well, everyone.”

So, What’s Next?

For most of the last several months I have been enjoying the luxury of sabbatical leave, a time for refreshment and re-creation that followed the conclusion of my last ministry setting centred on the Diocesan cathedral church. I recognise that this time is indeed a luxury, something that not too many people have access to, and I am extremely grateful to those who facilitated the possibility.

The fruits of my sabbatical leave have already been many as I have had the opportunity to reflect on the nature of ministry, how I approach ministry, and how I might wish to live out my ministry going forward. I have read many a delightful book to help that process, and I have had the precious gift of time to simply sit and be. There have been thoughts and reflections that will flourish only when I have returned, and there have been choices made as to what and how my life as a priest might manifest itself in the future.

Yet all good things must come to an and. As I approach the conclusion of my sabbatical leave – at the time of writing this I have two weeks of leave left – the question of what next is surfacing, not only by myself but also by those who have an interest in the answer to that question.

And the answer is…

From Monday 18 July 2022, I will take up an appointment to the twinned parishes of Dungog and Gresford.

The two parishes are in the hinterlands north of Maitland, about an hour’s drive from Newcastle itself, and represent a completely different setting of ministry to anything I have had the opportunity to experience before, and I am very much looking forward to the opportunities and challenges that the parishes and I will face together over the coming years.

Homilies: 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

My homily for the 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C. This was preached during my sabbatical leave at a location outside my usual preaching locations. This particular occasion was a 5pm Saturday evening Mass.

The readings proclaimed were 1 Kings 19:16, 19-21; Galatians 5:1, 13-18; Luke 9:51-62. Today’s psalm is Psalm 15: “You are my inheritance, O Lord.”

“Jesus resolutely sets his face for Jerusalem, there to fulfill the mission entrusted to him by God the Father. There is an urgency revealed in today’s gospel. Nothing can stand in the way of Jesus moving towards Jerusalem, and nothing must stand in the way of us fulfilling the ongoing and urgent task of proclaiming the Good News of God’s Reign.”

Homilies: Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, Year C

My homily for the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi), Year C. This was preached during my sabbatical leave at a location outside my usual preaching locations. This particular occasion was a 5pm Sunday evening Mass.

The readings proclaimed were Genesis 14:18-20; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26; Luke 9:11-17. Today’s psalm is Psalm 109: “You are a priest for ever, in the line of Melchizedek.”

“Faithful to the Lord’s command, the Church has gathered to celebrate Eucharist in memory of him. Each time Eucharist is celebrated we receive God’s very self, and are transformed more and more into that which we receive, the Body of Christ, and nourished for the mission of proclaiming the Lord’s Death and Resurrection.”

Homilies: Solemnity of Pentecost Sunday, Year C

My homily for the Solemnity of Pentecost, Year C. This was preached during my sabbatical leave at a location outside my usual preaching locations. This particular occasion was a 10am Mass.

The readings proclaimed were Acts 2:1-11; 1 Corinthians 12:3-7, 12-13; John 20:19-23. Today’s psalm is Psalm 103: “Lord, send out your Spirit and renew the face of the earth.”

“In fulfilment of Jesus’ promise to his disciples, the Holy Spirit is to among them and they are able to speak in many different languages and so witness to the marvels of God to those who are in Jerusalem. The Spirit continues to be present in the Church, manifested in many different ways so that the Church – that is, us! – are able to continue to proclaim God’s marvels to the whole world.”

Homilies: Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord, Year C

My homily for the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord, Year C. This was preached during my sabbatical leave at a location outside my usual preaching locations. This particular occasion was a 5pm Saturday evening Mass.

The readings proclaimed were Acts 1:1-11; Ephesians 1:17-23; Luke 24:46-53. Today’s psalm is Psalm 46: “God mounts his throne to shouts of joy: a blare of trumpets for the Lord.”

“Before his Ascension, Jesus has left his disciples the task of becoming his witnesses throughout the whole of the earth. We cannot remain still gazing up into the sky to await his return as he promised; we must turn our attention to the mission of proclaiming the Good News of Jesus’ Life, Death and Resurrection.”

Homilies: 6th Sunday of Easter, Year C

My homily for the 6th Sunday of Easter, Year C. This was preached during my sabbatical leave at a location outside my usual preaching locations. This particular occasion was a 5pm Saturday evening Mass.

The readings proclaimed were Acts 15:1-2, 22-29; Revelation 21:10-14, 22-23; John 14:23-29. Today’s psalm is Psalm 66: “O God, let all the nations praise you!”

“As Jesus prepares to take leave of his disciples – both immediately prior to his Passion and Death, and after his Ascension – he promises that his presence will continue through the love that the disciples have for one another as the continuing manifestation of God’s indwelling with God’s people, through the gift of the Holy Spirit, the Advocate, who will remind the disciples of all that Jesus has taught them, and through the gift of peace, a peace that the world cannot give but is the sole gift of a loving God.”