Life on the Chrism Trail

Homily for the Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

February 27, 2022
St. Patrick Cathedral
Fort Worth, Texas

Sirach 27:4-7
Psalm 92:2-3, 13-14, 15-16
1 Corinthians 15:54-58
Luke 6:39-45

The Book of Sirach advises us to attend to our speech.  There is an old saying that “Speech is silver, but silence is golden.” The writer of Sirach doesn’t tell us what he thinks about silence, but speech isn’t going to be silver unless it comes from silver. Our speech reveals who we are — not just our thoughts and feelings, but also our character with its virtues and its faults. What we choose to speak about and the way we present things indicates what we think is important and whether we are thoughtful or thoughtless. Speech also precedes action.

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