Life on the Chrism Trail

Homily for the Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

June 28, 2020
Saint Patrick Cathedral
Fort Worth, Texas

2 Kings 4:8-11, 14-16a
Psalm 89:2-3, 16-19
Romans 6:3-4, 8-11
Matthew 10:37-42

When I was in college, we had the option of attending Sunday Mass outside of the seminary. Twice a month, three or four of my friends and I would go to a local parish for Sunday Mass and then stop for a late breakfast. There were two priests assigned to the parish, the old priest, and the young priest. We would talk about the homily at breakfast and consider and, I must confess, at times criticize the substance and styles of their homilies. One of my friends summed it up perfectly, the young priest preached about what Jesus said and the old priest preached about what Jesus meant.

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