Life on the Chrism Trail

Homily for the Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time

June 20, 2021
St. Patrick Cathedral
Fort Worth, Texas

Job 4:32-34, 39-40
Psalm 107:23-26, 28-31
2 Corinthians 5:14-17
Mark 4:35-41

Our first reading from the Book of Job presents a dialogue between Job and the Lord God in which the Lord conveys to Job that He, the Lord God, has power over the elements of the sea. The sea carries with it the symbolism of chaos and disorder that are randomly at odds with human beings. The Lord conveys to Job that He, the Lord, says to the chaos of the sea, “Thus far shall you come but no farther, and here shall your proud waves be stilled.” In our Gospel, Jesus manifests His Divinity to His disciples by exercising such power over the sea. Yet, Jesus reveals more concerning the nature of the Father’s sovereignty over creation, a sovereignty that belongs also to Jesus as the Son of God.

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Homily for the Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

June 13, 2021
St. Patrick Cathedral
Fort Worth, Texas

Ezekiel 17:22-24
Psalm 92:2-3, 13-14, 15-16
2 Corinthians 5:6-10
Mark 4:26-34

Saint Paul tells us that while on this earth, we walk by faith and not by sight.  The gift of the theological virtue of faith enables us to see the things of this world as gifts of a loving God and not just human productions.  If we just look at the events of our lives with human eyes we see isolated situations, accidental encounters, and things happening without a reason.  But when we look at the events of our lives with the eyes of faith, the things that happen to us and the people we encounter are not just by accident but are the designs of a wise God. 

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Homily for the Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

World Marriage Sunday

February 14, 2021
Saint Patrick Cathedral
Fort Worth, Texas

Leviticus 13:1-2, 44-46
Psalm 32:1-2, 5, 11
1 Corinthians 10:31-11:1
Mark 1:40-45

The first reading from Leviticus and today’s reading from the Gospel of Mark are related in that they both involve leprosy and its effects on participation in the community. Leprosy in the Bible is not always the condition known to us as Hansen’s disease, but it is always a visible skin defect. Leprosy in the Bible is presented as an exterior blemish, a disorder of surfaces, a superficial disfigurement, and it never seems to go away.

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Homily for the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

February 7, 2021
St. Patrick Cathedral
Fort Worth, Texas

Job 7:1-4, 6-7
Psalm 147:1-2, 3-4, 5-6
1 Corinthians 9:16-19, 22-23
Mark 1:29-39

Shakespeare’s character Edmund in King Lear says, “when we are sick in fortune, often the surfeit of our own behavior, we make guilty of our disasters the sun, the moon, and the stars: as if we were villains by necessity, fools by heavenly compulsion; knaves and treachers by spherical predominance; drunkards, liars, and adulterers by enforced obedience of planetary influence.”

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Homily for Friday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time

Mass for Seminarians of the Diocese of Fort Worth

January 29, 2021
Saint Joseph’s Seminary College
Covington, Louisiana

Hebrews 10:32-39
Psalm 37:3-6, 23-24, 39-40
Mark 4:26-34

We read in the Letter to the Hebrews today, “Therefore, do not throw away your confidence; it will have great recompense. You need endurance to do the will of God and receive what he has promised.” 

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Homily for the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

January 24, 2021
St. Patrick Cathedral
Fort Worth, Texas

Jonah 3:1-5, 10
Psalm 25:4-5, 6-7, 8-9
1 Corinthians 7:29-31
Mark 1:14-20

Three days in the belly of a giant fish, three days of walking and preaching through Nineveh, and three days in the tomb are three touchstones for our prayerful reflection on this Third Sunday of Ordinary Time. I have three points for our reflection: resistance, resentment, and repentance. 

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Homily for the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

January 17, 2021
St. Patrick Cathedral
Fort Worth, Texas

1 Samuel 3:3b-10, 19
Psalm 40:2, 4, 7-9, 10
1 Corinthians 6:13c-15a, 17-20
John 1:35-42

Last Sunday, the Church invited us to reflect on the sacrament of Baptism as we celebrated the end of the Christmas season with the Baptism of the Lord. This weekend we begin Ordinary Time. The Church offers us these readings for reflection on vocation and service. Vocation and service follow sacramentally from Baptism in the sacraments of Matrimony and Holy Orders as the ordinary means by which Christ offers us His grace. 

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Homily for the Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

October 25, 2020
St. Patrick Cathedral
Fort Worth, Texas

Exodus 22:20-26
Psalm 18:2-4, 47, 51
1 Thessalonians 1:5c-10
Matthew 22:34-40

In today’s first reading from the Book of Exodus the Lord seriously reminds His people that they were once aliens and poor, and that reminder easily applies to us. “You shall not molest or oppress an alien, for you were once aliens yourselves in the land of Egypt. You shall not wrong any widow or orphan. If ever you wrong them and they cry out to me, I will surely hear their cry.

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