Life on the Chrism Trail

Homily for the Fifth Sunday of Lent

April 3, 2022
Saint Patrick Cathedral
Fort Worth, Texas

Isaiah 43:16-21
Psalm 126:1-2,2-3, 4-5, 6
Philippians 3:8-14
John 8:1-11

Today’s reading from the Gospel of John begins with Jesus returning from the Mount of Olives, the place where He will go on to undergo the agony in the garden. The scribes and Pharisees drag a woman caught in adultery before Him. In the case of women, the Law prescribed the death penalty for the sin of adultery, but it is not clear as to what was the prescribed punishment for adultery in the case of men. These leaders were trying to find a way to trap and condemn Jesus, and this situation looked to be an opportunity for them to execute their plan. Stoning the woman would violate Roman law and releasing her would oppose the Law of Moses. If Jesus were to respond in either way, His words and action would be instrumental to their plotting to cancel out Jesus’ credibility even to the point of killing Him.

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Homily for Wednesday of the Fourth Week of Lent

March 30, 2022
St. Joseph Seminary College
Covington, Louisiana

Isaiah 49: 8-15
Psalm 145:8-9, 13cd-14, 17-18
John 5:17-30

“Most Reverend Father, Holy Mother Church asks you to ordain this man, our brother, for service as a priest.” These are words from the Rite of Ordination of priests. We have all heard these words before. As seminarians and as priests, and even as a bishop, they are words that simply lay before us reality in the order of grace and nature. They are words that are worthy of our reflection as we discern and continue to be formed in the mystery of the priesthood and its significance pastorally amidst the mystery of the Church.

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Homily for the Fourth Sunday of Lent

March 27, 2022
Most Holy Trinity Carmel
Arlington, Texas

Joshua 5:9a, 10-12
Psalm 34:2-3, 4-5, 6-7
2 Corinthians 5:17-21
Luke 15:1-3, 11-32

In today’s Gospel from Luke, we find Jesus is on his way to Jerusalem and engaged in a discussion with the scribes and Pharisees. They are watching for Him to make a mistake and find a reason to condemn Him since He welcomes sinners and eats with them. So, Jesus responds by telling them a parable.

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Homily for the Solemnity of Saint Joseph, Husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Diocesan Day of Stewardship

March 19, 2022
St. Michael Catholic Church
Bedford, Texas

2 Samuel 7:4-5a, 12-14a,16
Psalm 89:2-3, 4-5, 27, 29
Romans 4:13, 16-18, 22
Matthew 1:16, 18-21, 24a

In Sacred Scripture, we see several instances where God chooses to reveal Himself and His plan for salvation through the dreams of human beings as visions of light amidst the cloudy darkness of the night: Joseph and his coat of many colors, the call of Samuel, the prophet Daniel, and in our Gospel today, Saint Joseph the husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the foster father of Jesus.

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Homily for the Wednesday of the Second Week of Lent

March 16, 2022
Theological College
Washington, D.C.

Jeremiah 18:18-20
Psalm 31:5-6, 14, 15-16
Matthew 20:17-28

Enemies, allies, and friends. This theme that very much dominates our news cycle these days. This is also a theme that our readings offer today for our reflection as we progress in our Lenten pilgrimage towards the mysteries of the Easter Triduum. Enemies, allies, and friends.

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Homily for the First Sunday of Great Lent: Sunday of Orthodoxy

March 6, 2022
Saint Sophia Ukrainian Catholic Church
The Colony, Texas

1 Corinthians 15:45-49
Luke 6:27-38

Today as the Latin Catholic Bishop of Fort Worth, I join with you as Catholics of the Greek-Ukrainian Rite in prayer and solidarity as together we begin the start of the Great Lent, known also as the Sunday of Orthodoxy, in which we celebrate the defeat of the iconoclasts who assaulted the revealed presence of God communicated through sacred icons.

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Homily for Ash Wednesday

March 2, 2022
St. Patrick Cathedral
Fort Worth, Texas

Joel 2:12-18
Psalm 51:3-4, 5-6ab, 12-13, 14, 17
2 Corinthians 5:20-6:2
Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18

“Blow the trumpet in Zion! Proclaim a fast, call an assembly.” These words of the prophet Joel, call for us each and all to stop.  The trumpet is not unlike an alarm that prompts us to be aware and not to panic. We hear this trumpet on Ash Wednesday to return to the Lord who never leaves us, but who we too frequently leave from our attentiveness.

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