Life on the Chrism Trail

Tuesday of the Thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time

Sixtieth Anniversary of Priestly Ordination of Monsignor Raymund Mullan

June 28, 2022
St. Patrick Cathedral
Fort Worth, TX

Amos 3:1-8; 4:11-12
Psalm 5:4b-6a, 7, 8
Matthew 8:23-27

“They came and woke him, saying, ‘Lord, save us!  We are perishing!’ He said to them, ‘Why are you terrified, O you of little faith?’ Then he got up, rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was great calm.”

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Homily for the Thirteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

June 26, 2022
St. Patrick Cathedral
Fort Worth, Texas

1 Kings 19:16b, 19-21
Psalm 16:1-2, 5, 7-8, 9-10, 11
Galatians 5:1, 13-18
Luke 9:51-62

The Gospel finds Jesus resolutely turning toward Jerusalem where He knows that He will face His death. Luke makes it clear that Jesus is fully aware of the mission His Father had set for Him and what that mission will entail. This mission is not ultimately about Jesus’ death but about the Father’s mercy and forgiveness offered through Jesus for our salvation. On the way to Jerusalem, the Sons of Thunder become enraged at being mistreated and want a Samaritan town destroyed for its lack of hospitality, but Jesus corrects this desire of James and John. In so doing He draws them more deeply into His mission of love and compassionate mercy. One admirer of Jesus eagerly promises to follow him, and Jesus reminds him that this decision will result in his being without a home. To be without a home means that our ultimate sense of belonging cannot be met here in this world. A second individual is invited to follow Jesus, and a third volunteers to do so, but they cannot let go of their previous commitments and prior lives and they remain admirers of Jesus but decide not to belong to Him or His mission.

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Baccalaureate Mass for Cristo Rey Catholic High School

June 3, 2022
St. Patrick Cathedral
Fort Worth, TX

Acts 25:13b-21
Psalm 103:1-2, 11-12, 19-20ab
John 21:15-19

In our Gospel reading just proclaimed, Jesus asks Peter three times if Peter loves Him. After each one of Peter’s answers, Jesus asks him to do something — to feed His shape, to care for the members of His flock. After the third time, Peter finally grows frustrated at what he takes to be redundant questioning and with distress he responds to Jesus, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” Jesus says to him again, “Feed my sheep.” Jesus then tells Peter the type of death he will undergo out of martyrdom for his faith and belief in God, that “another will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go.”

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Homily for the Diaconal Ordination of Austin Hoodenpyle, Randolph E. Hopkins, and Brandon LeClair

May 21, 2022
St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church
Flower Mound, Texas

Numbers 3:5-9
Psalm 89:21-22, 25, 27
Romans 12:4-8
John 15:9-17

“The Levites shall discharge the obligations of Aaron and those of the whole community before the tent of meeting by maintaining the tabernacle. They shall have responsibility for all the furnishings of the tent of meeting and discharge the obligations of the Israelites by maintaining the tabernacle. You shall assign the Levites to Aaron and his sons; they have been assigned unconditionally to him from among the Israelites.”

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Homily for the Sacrament of Confirmation

May 17, 2022
Good Shepherd Catholic Church
Colleyville, TX

Isaiah 11:1-4ab
Psalm 22:23-24ab, 26-27, 28, 31-32
1 Corinthians 12:4-13
John 14:15-17

“If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Advocate to be with you always, the Spirit of truth, which the world cannot accept, because it neither sees nor knows it. But you know it, because it remains with you, and will be in you.”

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Homily for the Third Sunday of Easter

Confirmation at St. Joseph Parish

May 1, 2022
St. Joseph Parish
Rhineland, TX

Acts 5:27-32, 40b-41
Psalm 30:2, 4, 5-6, 11-12, 13
Revelation 5:11-14
John 21:1-19

John’s Gospel today reports the appearance of Jesus at the Sea of Tiberias. The disciples, who were confused and overcome by the events of Jesus’ death and resurrection, decide to return to more comfortable surroundings. Peter and a half-dozen others go back to what they know how to do best, in a sense, they try to return to their former way of life … they return to their boats and nets to go fishing. They fish all night long but come up empty. Their experience of Jesus and His love for them is so intense that they cannot return to the way things were before.

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Homily for the Feast of St. Mark

Mass of Reparation for Sins of Sexual Abuse

April 25, 2022
St. Patrick Cathedral
Fort Worth, TX

1 Peter 5:5b-14
Psalm 89:2-3, 6-7, 16-17
Mark 16:15-20

Saint Mark concludes his Gospel with the words that we have just proclaimed and heard, “Then the Lord Jesus, after He spoke to them, was taken up into heaven and took His seat at the right hand of God. But they went forth and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the word through accompanying signs.” To obey this command of the Lord Jesus, we gather here this evening to offer the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass on this Feast of Saint Mark, the Evangelist, for the intention of reparation for sins of sexual abuse perpetrated against minors by anyone but especially those who harmed minors and violated the trust inherent in a relationship of public ministry in the name of the Church. We ask the intercession of Saint Mark to help heal those who have been harmed by suffering this terrible evil from this grave and mortal sin.

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Homily for the Second Sunday of Easter

Divine Mercy Sunday

April 24, 2022
St. Patrick Cathedral
Fort Worth, TX

Acts 5:12-16
Psalm 118:2-4, 13-15, 22
Revelation 1:9-11a, 12-13, 17-19
John 20:19-31

On the evening of the day of Resurrection, Jesus suddenly appears in the upper room where the disciples have gathered in fear. His greeting of peace tells them not to be afraid. Jesus then breathes on His disciples, a gesture reminding us of God breathing the breath of life into Adam. Jesus’ breath signals new life for His disciples, the gift of the Holy Spirit that will enable them to bring Christ’s forgiveness to others.

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