Life on the Chrism Trail

Homily for Friday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time

Mass for Seminarians of the Diocese of Fort Worth

January 29, 2021
Saint Joseph’s Seminary College
Covington, Louisiana

Hebrews 10:32-39
Psalm 37:3-6, 23-24, 39-40
Mark 4:26-34

We read in the Letter to the Hebrews today, “Therefore, do not throw away your confidence; it will have great recompense. You need endurance to do the will of God and receive what he has promised.” 

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Homily for the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

January 24, 2021
St. Patrick Cathedral
Fort Worth, Texas

Jonah 3:1-5, 10
Psalm 25:4-5, 6-7, 8-9
1 Corinthians 7:29-31
Mark 1:14-20

Three days in the belly of a giant fish, three days of walking and preaching through Nineveh, and three days in the tomb are three touchstones for our prayerful reflection on this Third Sunday of Ordinary Time. I have three points for our reflection: resistance, resentment, and repentance. 

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Homilía para la Misa de Respeto a la Vida

January 23, 2021
St. Patrick Cathedral
Fort Worth, Texas

Isaías 49:1-6
Salmo 139: 1-3, 12-15
Colosenses 1:12-20
Mateo 18:1-5, 10, 12-14

El profeta Isaías dice en nuestra primera lectura de hoy: “¡Escuchen, atiendan, pueblos lejanos! Yahveh desde el seno materno me llamó; desde las entrañas de mi madre recordó mi nombre”. El profeta añade además: “Ahora, pues, dice Yahveh, el que me plasmó desde el seno materno para siervo suyo, para hacer que Jacob vuelva a él, y que Israel se le una”. Hay tres puntos claves que nos sirven para nuestra reflexión y oración en esta ocasión: se le da nombre a una persona, Dios llama a esa persona por su nombre, la respuesta del llamado a volver a Dios.

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Homily for the Respect Life Mass

January 23, 2021
St. Patrick Cathedral
Fort Worth, Texas

Isaiah 49:1-6
Psalm 139: 1-3, 12-15
Colossians 1:12-20
Matthew 18:1-5, 10, 12-14

The prophet Isaiah speaks today in our first reading, “Listen, distant peoples. Before birth, the Lord called me, from my mother’s womb he gave me my name.” The prophet further adds, “For now the Lord has spoken who formed me as His servant from the womb, that Jacob may be brought back to Him and Israel gathered to Him.” There are three points for our reflection and prayer on this occasion: the naming of a person, the call of the person’s name by God, and the answer of the call to return to God.

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Homily for the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

January 17, 2021
St. Patrick Cathedral
Fort Worth, Texas

1 Samuel 3:3b-10, 19
Psalm 40:2, 4, 7-9, 10
1 Corinthians 6:13c-15a, 17-20
John 1:35-42

Last Sunday, the Church invited us to reflect on the sacrament of Baptism as we celebrated the end of the Christmas season with the Baptism of the Lord. This weekend we begin Ordinary Time. The Church offers us these readings for reflection on vocation and service. Vocation and service follow sacramentally from Baptism in the sacraments of Matrimony and Holy Orders as the ordinary means by which Christ offers us His grace. 

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Homily for the Baptism of the Lord

January 10, 2021
St. Patrick Cathedral
Fort Worth, Texas

Isaiah 55:1-11
Isaiah 12:2-3, 4bcd, 5-6
1 John 5:1-9
Mark 1:7-11

“Peace is order, in relation to God and in relation to human beings; it is wisdom, it is justice, it is civilization. Whoever loves peace loves humanity, without distinction of race or of color.” These words were preached by Pope Saint Paul VI in a Mass offered on October 4, 1965, the Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi, in Yankee Stadium during the first visit of a pope to the United States of America.

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Homily for the Epiphany of the Lord

January 3, 2021
St. Patrick Cathedral
Fort Worth, Texas

Isaiah 60:1-6
Psalm 72:1-2, 7-8, 10-11, 12-13
Ephesians 3:2-3a, 5-6
Matthew 2:1-12

The Feast of the Epiphany is about the gift of a revelation that both offers and requires the gift of faith. The Feast of the Epiphany invites us into the mystery of the truth, the truth that we seek to know through reason and science and the truth that we come to know through the gift of faith. One truth, two paths, faith and reason. The Magi, whom we meet in today’s Gospel reading from Matthew are not simply people who have a warm spiritual experience in seeing the Baby Jesus, they are people who follow their path laid out by reason and the science of their contemporary times and this path delivers them to discover the King who is promised to be born in Bethlehem.

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Homily for the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God

January 1, 2021
St. Patrick Cathedral
Fort Worth, Texas

Numbers 6:22-27
Psalm 67:2-3, 5, 6-8
Galatians 4:4-7
Luke 2:16-21

It has been said that “Time has no mercy. The minutes and hours… the days and weeks… the months and years continue uninterruptedly.” We are tempted at the end of the year 2020 to speak these words with a resentful vengeance, for so many of us feel that this past year with its many events was stolen from us by the pandemic and the perceived chicanery of many entrusted with leadership and authority in the fields of public health, religion, and government.

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