Life on the Chrism Trail

Homily for the Ninth Sunday after Pentecost

July 25, 2021
St. Benedict Parish
Fort Worth, Texas

1 Corinthians 10:6-13
Luke 19:41-47

In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost. The account of the weeping over Jerusalem is unique to the Gospel of Luke. Luke utilizes it to lead into the account of the cleansing of the temple by Jesus. It also occurs after Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. So, we read that Jesus experiences several very different emotions in rapid succession: from joy, praise and celebration (19:37-40) to weeping and sadness over what awaits the City and her people (19:41-44), to righteous anger in the cleansing of the Temple (19:45-46).

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Homily for the Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

July 4, 2021
St. Patrick Cathedral
Fort Worth, Texas

Ezekiel 2:2-5
Psalm 123:1-2, 2, 3-4
2 Corinthians 12:7-10
Mark 6:1-6

In the first reading, God sends Ezekiel to prophesy to a rebellious people to announce God’s displeasure with the Israelites who rejected Him and His desires for them and instead follow their own desires and designs of selfishness. Pride is their downfall, yet Paul, in the second reading, recognizes his own pride as a weakness that opens him to God. Because of this recognition, he can let go of his pride so that the power of God can work through him.

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