Life on the Chrism Trail

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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Blessing and Groundbreaking, St. Mark Catholic Church

April 23, 2022
St. Mark Catholic Church
Denton, TX

Acts 4:8-12
Psalm 84
Luke 6:46-49

“The one who comes to me, listens to my words, and acts on them. That one is like a person building a house, who dug deeply and laid the foundation on rock; when the flood came, the river burst against that house but could not shake it because it had been well built.”

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Homily for Easter Sunday, The Resurrection of the Lord

April 17, 2022
St. Patrick Cathedral
Fort Worth, TX

Acts 10:34a, 37-43
Psalm 118:1-2, 16-17, 22-23
Colossians 3:1-4
John 20:1-9

“Then the other disciple also went in, the one who had arrived at the tomb first, and he saw and believed. For they did not yet understand the Scripture that He had to rise from the dead.” While many converts to the Catholic faith describe coming to an awareness of the integrity of Catholic doctrine with the Gospel and sound reason as the only way for them to find God, it is important that we understand that we cannot read or study our way into conversion as a Catholic. It is not a decision that we make independently of God. Conversion and the virtue of faith is entirely a matter of grace and not acquired by our own initiative.

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Homily for Easter Sunday, the Resurrection of the Lord

At the Easter Vigil in the Holy Night of Easter

April 16, 2022
St. Patrick Cathedral
Fort Worth, TX

Genesis 1:1-2:2
Psalm 104:1-2, 5-6, 10, 12, 13-14, 24, 35
Exodus 14:15-15:1
Isaiah 55:1-11
Romans 6:3-11
Luke 24:1-12

The created light we read of in tonight’s reading from the Book of Genesis is good because God created it and separated it from the darkness. The subsequent lights that He creates separate the day from the night in governance and right order for the beauty and wisdom of His creation. Then, sin enters the world through human disobedience. Human beings through an abuse of free will attempt to blend light and darkness believing the lie of the serpent that seduces them with the falsehood that to be like unto God means to exert power and dominance arbitrarily over creation — that light and darkness are relatively the same thing.

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Homily for Good Friday

Celebration of the Passion of the Lord

April 15, 2022
St. Patrick Cathedral
Fort Worth, TX

Isaiah 52:13-53:12
Psalm 31:2, 6, 12-13, 15-16, 17, 25
Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:7-9
John 18:1-19:42

The high priest interrogates Jesus in the account of the Passion that we have just proclaimed. The high priest questions Jesus about His disciples and about His doctrine. Jesus responds to the high priest, “I have spoken publicly to the world. I have always taught in the synagogue or in the temple area where all the Jews gather, and in secret I have said nothing. Why ask me? Ask those who heard me what I said to them. They know what I said.” The temple guard strikes Jesus and demands, “Is this the way you answer the high priest?” Jesus answered him, “If I have spoken wrongly, testify to the wrong; but if I have spoken rightly, why do you strike me?”

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Homily for Holy Thursday

Mass of the Lord’s Supper

April 14, 2022
St. Patrick Cathedral
Fort Worth, TX

Exodus 12:1-8, 11-14
Psalm 116:12-13, 15-18
1 Corinthians 11:23-26
John 13:1-15

Jesus chose to take our sins upon Himself, and to do this He was not condemned but freely handed Himself over to death. In dying, Christ freed us from sin and manifested how absolutely God loves us. That love is made present in the sacrifice and sacrament we share tonight.

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Homily for the Chrism Mass

April 12, 2022
St. Patrick Cathedral
Fort Worth, TX

Isaiah 61:1-3, 6a, 8-9
Psalm 89:21-22, 25, 27
Revelation 1:5-8
Luke 4:16-21

“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me;
He has sent me to bring glad tidings to the lowly, to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and release to the prisoners, to announce a year of favor from the Lord and a day of vindication by our God, to comfort all who mourn; to place on those who mourn in Zion a diadem instead of ashes, to give them oil of gladness in place of mourning, a glorious mantle instead of a listless spirit.”

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