Life on the Chrism Trail

Homily for the diocesan Respect Life Mass

January 24, 2021

St. Mark Catholic Church
Argyle, Texas

Isaiah 49: 1-6 (Spanish)
Psalm 139: 1b-3, 12-14a, 14c-15
Colossians 1: 12-20
Matthew 18: 1-5, 10, 12-14

En cierto sentido, el primer asalto al don de la vida humana en cada etapa del desarrollo es sacar a alguien de la luz de la pertenencia quitándole su nombre y arrojándolo así a la oscuridad del anonimato. Dejar a una persona en el anonimato es quitarle su identidad y la pertenencia y ser sacada fuera de la luz de la pertenencia como persona y ser arrojado a la distancia que impone la oscuridad de la posesión, como si se fuera un objeto que será desechado. El profeta proclama: “Escuchen, pueblos lejanos. Antes de nacer, el Señor me llamó, desde el vientre de mi madre me dio mi nombre”.

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Homily for the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Mass for Peace and Justice in commemoration of the Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King Jr.

January 22, 2021

St. Vincent De Paul Catholic Church
Arlington, Texas

Nehemiah 8: 2-4a, 5-6, 8-10
Psalm 19: 8, 9, 10, 15
Corinthians 12: 12-30
Luke 1: 1-4, 4:14-21

When the Jews returned from exile after 70 years in Babylon, they were faced with many hardships as they tried to rebuild their lives. They tried to rediscover their faith and truly hear the Law of the Covenant that God had initiated with their ancestors but that they had forgotten because of their oppression and the suppression of the practice of the rituals and customs of the Covenant.

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Homily for the Second Sunday of Ordinary Time

January 16, 2021
St. Patrick Cathedral
Fort Worth, Texas

Isaiah 62:1-5
Psalm 96:1-2, 2-3, 7-8, 9-10
1 Corinthians 12:4-11
John 2:1-11

The wedding at Cana in Galilee probably involved a friend or relative of Mary and Jesus since they were invited.  Either the details of this wedding were not well-planned, or perhaps there were unexpected guests.  In any event, it doesn’t surprise us to find out that Mary was the kind of person who paid attention to details, who thought of others with compassion, and who wanted to prevent embarrassing situations, especially the type of embarrassment that culturally this young couple would always feel as shame thereafter. 

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Homily for the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord

January 9, 2021
St. Patrick’s Cathedral
Fort Worth, Texas

Isaiah 40: 1-5, 9-11
Psalm 104: 1b-2, 3-4, 24-25, 27-28, 29-30
Titus 2: 11-14, 3: 4-7
Luke 3: 15-16, 21-22

If Jesus was God, why was He baptized? This has always been a perplexing question frequently asked in catechism class. If John’s baptism was one of repentance, this seems to imply falsely that Jesus was a sinner. In fact, John the Baptist tries to prevent Jesus’ being baptized, but Jesus insists. Instead, the Baptism of Jesus is an essential part of His work of the redemption of each human person. Jesus enters into solidarity with all men and women; He becomes one with each of us to share all the aspects of our lives. He even takes upon Himself the condition of our sinfulness, even though He Himself never sinned.

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Homily for the Solemnity of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph

December 26, 2021
St. Patrick’s Cathedral
Fort Worth, Texas

1 Samuel 1: 20-22, 24-28
Psalm 84: 2-3, 5-6, 9-10
1 John 3: 1-2, 21-24
Luke 2: 41-52

Today we celebrate the Solemnity of the Holy Family: Jesus, Mary, and Joseph. The Church offers us this feast on the first Sunday immediately after Christmas because this mystery of family life is so important and very much essential to the mission of redemption of humanity given to Jesus by His Father in Heaven — a mission that He further entrusts to all of us as the Church to proclaim and to bring to fulfillment under the guidance of the Holy Spirit whom we first receive at Baptism.

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Homily for the Nativity of the Lord

Mass at Midnight

December 25, 2021
St. Patrick’s Cathedral
Fort Worth, Texas

Isaiah 9: 1-6
Psalm 96: 1-2, 2-3, 11-12, 13
Titus 2: 11-14
Luke 2: 1-14

We listened moments ago to Saint Paul’s Epistle to Titus, “The grace of God has appeared, saving all and training us to reject godless ways and worldly desires and to live temperately, justly, and devoutly in this age, as we await the blessed hope, the appearance of the glory of our great God and savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to deliver us from all lawlessness and to cleanse for himself a people as his own, eager to do what is good.”

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Vespers for Monday of the Fourth Week of Advent

Seminarians of the Diocese of Fort Worth

December 20, 2021
St. Patrick’s Cathedral
Fort Worth, Texas

Luke 18:8

“When the Son of Man comes to earth, do you think that he will find faith in men’s hearts?” This is the antiphon for the Canticle from the Epistle to the Ephesians that we have just prayed in our vespers. This question is asked by Jesus of His disciples in the Gospel of Luke. It is recorded at the end of His parable of the Widow and the Unjust Judge.

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Homily for the Fourth Sunday of Advent

December 19, 2021
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish
Keller, Texas

Micah 5: 1-4a
Psalm 80: 2-3, 15-16, 18-19
Hebrews 10: 5-10
Luke 1:39-45

We began the season of Advent by listening to the words of Jesus that speak of the last things that are imminent signs before His second coming at the end of the world. “Be vigilant at all times and pray that you have the strength to escape the tribulations that are imminent and to stand before the Son of Man.”

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