Life on the Chrism Trail

Homily for the Solemnity of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph

December 26, 2021
St. Patrick’s Cathedral
Fort Worth, Texas

1 Samuel 1: 20-22, 24-28
Psalm 84: 2-3, 5-6, 9-10
1 John 3: 1-2, 21-24
Luke 2: 41-52

Today we celebrate the Solemnity of the Holy Family: Jesus, Mary, and Joseph. The Church offers us this feast on the first Sunday immediately after Christmas because this mystery of family life is so important and very much essential to the mission of redemption of humanity given to Jesus by His Father in Heaven — a mission that He further entrusts to all of us as the Church to proclaim and to bring to fulfillment under the guidance of the Holy Spirit whom we first receive at Baptism.

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Solemnity of Christ the King

Saint Patrick’s Cathedral
Fort Worth, Texas
November 22, 2020

Ezekiel 34:11-12, 15-17
Psalm 23:1-2, 2-3, 5-6
1st. Corinthians 15:20-26, 28
Matthew 25:31-46

The Netherlands is frequently associated with the reclamation of land from the sea, as its engineers are famous for developing techniques like polders to drain wetlands and make them usable for agriculture and other development. The Dutch have a saying: “God created the world, but the Dutch created the Netherlands.” Yet, every so often this land is invaded by floods and requires it to be drained again and reclaimed. I think that it is inaccurate to consider the ocean to be an invader; rather, the ocean is simply returning to what is rightfully its own. God created the Netherlands too.

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Homily for the Solemnity of the Ascension of Our Lord Jesus Christ

Solemnity of the Ascension of Our Lord Jesus Christ

May 24, 2020
Saint Patrick’s Cathedral
Fort Worth, Texas

Acts 1:1-11
Psalm 47: 2-3, 6-7, 8-9
Ephesians 1:17-23
Matthew 28: 16-20

A number of years ago, I was seated in an airport lounge waiting to board a flight that had been delayed for several hours — a flight that I thought would never get off the ground because of weather and mechanical problems.

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