Life on the Chrism Trail

Homily for the Nativity of the Lord (Christmas)

The Midnight Mass

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

Isaiah 49:2, 8-10
Psalm 96:1-2, 2-3, 11-12, 13
Titus 2:11-14
Luke 2:1-14

“The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; upon those who dwelt in the land of gloom a light has shone.” Into this land of gloom, a gloom which so many eyes have grown accustomed to mistaking for light, the gloom of selfishness and sin, the gloom of indifference and ignorance, the gloom of violence and vengeance, the true Light of the World is born and lay in a manger in Bethlehem and shines among the poor shepherds and between the ox and the donkey.

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Homily for the Third Saturday of Advent

St. John Paul II Shepherd’s Guild

December 17, 2022
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church
Keller, TX

Genesis 49:2, 8-10
Psalm 72:1-2, 3, 4ab, 7-8, 17
Matthew 1:1-17

“Justice shall flourish in His time, and fullness of peace forever.” When we look closely at the character and the behavior of the individuals listed in the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David and the son of Abraham, we can see that this Psalm is not prayed because of the human excellence of an historical dynasty. In fact, each of these figures, especially the kings, committed sins, injustices, and failures that brought suffering and misery on their children and their children’s children.

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Homily for the Fourth Sunday of Advent

Rite of Candidacy for Eric Flores and Benjamin Grothouse

December 18, 2022
St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church
Arlington, TX

Isaiah 7:10-14
Psalm 24:1-2, 3-4, 5-6
Romans 1:1-7
Matthew 1:18-24

Today as we celebrate the Fourth Sunday of Advent we formally receive as candidates for ordination, Benjamin Grothouse and Eric Flores. These two men have been in discernment and seminary formation for over eight years having answered the call from Christ to follow Him on this path to priestly ordination and ministry.

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Homily for the Third Sunday of Advent, Gaudate Sunday

December 11, 2022
St. Patrick Cathedral
Fort Worth, Texas

Isaiah 35:1-6a, 10
Psalm 146:6-7, 8-9, 9-10
James 5:7-10
Matthew 11:2-11

John the Baptist is the last and greatest prophet before the coming of the Messiah. His prophetic witness begins even before his own birth and also before the birth of Jesus, as he leaps in the womb of his mother Elizabeth when she is visited by the Blessed Virgin Mary who is pregnant with Jesus. Elsewhere in the Gospel, John the Baptist proclaims Jesus to be the Lamb of God who has come to deliver us from our sins. John the Baptist protests Jesus’ desire to be baptized by him because he knows himself not even to be worthy to untie the straps of his sandals.

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