Life on the Chrism Trail

Homily for the First Sunday of Advent

November 28, 2021
Good Shepherd Catholic Church
Colleyville, Texas

Jeremiah 33:14-16
Psalm 25:4-5, 8-9, 10, 14
1 Thessalonians 3:12-4:2
Luke 21:25-28, 34-36

Today we begin the season of Advent by hearing the words of Jesus that speak of the last things that are imminent signs before His second coming at the end of the world. “Be vigilant at all times and pray that you have the strength to escape the tribulations that are imminent and to stand before the Son of Man.” We begin with the end and end with the beginning in entering into the mystery of our redemption won by Christ who is the alpha and the omega, the beginning and the end. In Advent, the second coming is considered first and the first coming is considered second.

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Homily for the Fourth Sunday of Advent

December 20, 2020
St. Patrick Cathedral
Fort Worth, Texas

2 Samuel 7:1-5, 8B-12, 14a-16
Psalm 89: 2-5, 27, 29
Romans 16:25-27
Luke 1:26-38

Yesterday at Mass, we proclaimed the section of Luke’s Gospel that immediately precedes the Gospel reading that we proclaim today, the Annunciation to Zachariah that his wife Elizabeth is to conceive in her advanced age and bear a son, John the Baptist.

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Homily for the Third Sunday of Advent

December 13, 2020
St. Patrick Cathedral
Fort Worth, Texas

Isaiah 61:1-2a, 10-11
Psalm Luke 1:46-54
1 Thessalonians 5:16-24
John 1:6-8, 19-28

Isaiah’s beautiful prophecy of glad tidings to the poor, healing for the broken-hearted, and liberty for captives is a promise to the Israelites of freedom from exile and a return home. We hear it on this Third Sunday of Advent, a day we call Gaudete Sunday. The word gaudete means “rejoice;” it is taken from Saint Paul who advises the Thessalonians, and us, to rejoice always.

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Homily for the Second Sunday of Advent

Admission to Candidacy for Holy Orders of David P. LaPointe

December 6, 2020
St. Patrick Cathedral
Fort Worth, Texas

Isaiah 40:1-5, 9-11
Psalm 85
2 Peter 3:8-14
Mark 1:1-8

To talk about a beginning is to convey that one has an end in mind with some degree of detail. That is the case with the beginning of the Gospel of Mark that we read today. That is the case with the season of Advent. That is the case with the Rite of Admission to Candidacy for Holy Orders.

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Homily for the first Sunday of Advent

November 29, 2020
St. Patrick Cathedral
Fort Worth, Texas

Isaiah 63:16b-17, 19B; 64:2-7
Psalm 80:2-3, 15-16, 18-19
1 Corinthians 1:3-9
Mark 13:33-37

In the reading from Isaiah today we hear a prophetic prayer of lamentation from a people who has been exiled after the destruction of the Temple. It calls God to manifest His presence and power as never before. Isaiah calls on God to redeem and to vindicate Israel as God promised that He would do. Israel feels that because God is silent, He is absent.

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