Life on the Chrism Trail

Homily for the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God

January 1, 2021
St. Patrick Cathedral
Fort Worth, Texas

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

It has been said that “Time has no mercy. The minutes and hours… the days and weeks… the months and years continue uninterruptedly.” We are tempted at the end of the year 2020 to speak these words with a resentful vengeance, for so many of us feel that this past year with its many events was stolen from us by the pandemic and the perceived chicanery of many entrusted with leadership and authority in the fields of public health, religion, and government.

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Homily for the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception

December 8, 2020
St. Patrick Cathedral
Fort Worth, Texas

Genesis 3:9-15, 20
Psalm 98:1, 2-3AB, 3CD-4
Ephesians 1:3-6, 11-12
Luke 1:26-38

The first reading from Genesis articulates the cunning of the devil that becomes the cunning of human beings brought about by the original sin of our first parents, Adam and Eve. Man and woman reject God in favor of a false sense of freedom. They become preoccupied with themselves. Man and woman, each of them, values the other only for uses like physical pleasure and emotional security at the expense of the other’s dignity.

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