Life on the Chrism Trail

Homily for the Third Sunday of Ordinary Time

Confirmation

January 22, 2023
Holy Family of Nazareth Parish
Vernon, TX

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

The prophecy of Isaiah is meant to be a consolation for the people of Galilee who were conquered by the Assyrians and sent into exile. It expresses hope that God will bring light to their darkness and return them from slavery to freedom.  Saint Paul also speaks about the darkness that the Corinthians face, which is their inability to find unity and harmony. They contribute to this darkness by placing their personal opinions above the truth of the faith that unites. They have rejected the Communion and fellowship of the Church and have replaced them with factions and cliques.

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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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Homily for the Vigil of the Epiphany of the Lord

Mass on the Occasion of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

January 7, 2023
St. Michael Church
Bedford, 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 solemnity of the Epiphany is about God’s self-revelation that both offers and requires the gift of faith. Through the solemnity of the Epiphany, God invites us into the mystery of the Truth, the Truth that we seek to discover through reason and science and the fuller 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 precious Baby Jesus, they are people who have followed their path laid out by reason and the science of their contemporary times and then receive the revelation that the Infant Jesus is truly the Son of God, worthy of nothing less than worship.

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Homily for the Epiphany of the Lord

Mass for the Repose of the Soul of Benedict XVI

January 8, 2023
St. Patrick Cathedral
Fort Worth, TX

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 Solemnity of the Epiphany is about God’s self-revelation that both offers and requires the gift of faith. Through the Solemnity of the Epiphany, God invites us into the mystery of the truth — the truth that we seek to discover through reason and science and the fuller Truth that we come to know through the gift of faith. One truth, two paths: faith and reason.

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Homily for the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God 

January 1, 2023 |
Saint Teresa of Calcutta Catholic Church 
Fort Worth, Texas 

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

Christmas is a time for giving gifts. There are diverse ways in which we approach gift-giving depending on how well we know the person we are offering the gift. Husbands and wives exchange gifts appropriate to their relationship, just as fathers and mothers give gifts to each of their different children in accord with each child’s unique personality, interests, and needs. The same holds true for children’s gifts to their mothers and fathers. A gift is an item that is given without any expectation of payment; it is given for love and for joy.

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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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