Life on the Chrism Trail

Homily for the Mass for the Blessing of Elected Officials of State Government

January 16, 2023
St. Mary’s Cathedral
Austin, TX

1 Kings 3:4-13
Psalm 127
Romans 13:8-10
Matthew 5:1-12

“Give your servant, therefore, a listening heart to judge your people and to distinguish between good and evil. For who is able to give judgment for this vast people of yours?” This is the prayer that King Solomon prayed to God when in a dream God prompted him to realize the immense and overwhelming responsibility that the Lord had entrusted to him in succeeding his father, David, as King of God’s Chosen People. It is a prayer of humble self-awareness on the part of Solomon and of humility and honesty before the Lord. In praying it, Solomon acknowledges that he needs God.

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