Life on the Chrism Trail

Homily for the Fourth Sunday of Advent

December 19, 2021
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish
Keller, Texas

Micah 5: 1-4a
Psalm 80: 2-3, 15-16, 18-19
Hebrews 10: 5-10
Luke 1:39-45

We began the season of Advent by listening to 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.”

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Homily for the Third Sunday of Advent

December 12, 2021
St. Jude the Apostle Catholic Church
Mansfield, Texas

Zephaniah 3:14-18a
Isaiah 12:2-3, 4, 5-6
Philippians 4:4-7
Luke 3:10-18

Three groups of people ask John the Baptist the practical question about what they should do to prepare the way of the Lord for the coming of the promised Messiah. John addresses each of these groups specifically. His first response is to the crowd. He instructs them, “Whoever has two cloaks should share with the person who has none. And whoever has food should do likewise.” His second instruction is to the tax collectors who are Jews but work as bureaucrats for the Roman Empire: “Stop collecting more than what is proscribed.” His third admonition is addressed to the Gentile soldiers of the Roman Empire: “Do not practice extortion, do not falsely accuse anyone, and be satisfied with your wages.”

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Homily for the Second Sunday of Advent

December 5, 2021
St. Joseph Catholic Church
Arlington, Texas

Baruch 5:1-9
Psalm 126:1-2, 2-3, 4-5, 6
Philippians 1:4-6, 8-11
Luke 3:1-6

We have just proclaimed the Gospel that reveals that “the word of God came to John the son of Zechariah in the desert. John went throughout the whole region of the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.”

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Homily for the Mass of First Profession of Sister Maria Sagrario, OCD

November 25, 2021
Carmel of the Most Holy Trinity
Arlington, Texas

Hosea 2:16, 21-22
Ephesians 1:3-14
Luke 10:38-42

“Martha, Martha, you are anxious and worried about many things. There is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part and it will not be taken from her.” These are the words that Jesus speaks to Martha in the Gospel of Luke. They are the words that He speaks to Martha in the presence of her sister Mary, of her brother Lazarus, and of the Apostles.

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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 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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