Archbishop Lori’s Homily: 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time; Holy Family Parish

“Dear friends: In today’s Gospel, a scholar of the Law of Moses tested Jesus by asking him a question that preoccupied many teachers of the Law—and it was this: ‘What must I do to inherit everlasting life?’ Jesus responded by asking the scholar how he would answer his own question. The scholar replied correctly by quoting Scripture passages that Jews recite daily as part of their morning and evening prayer: ‘You shall love the Lord your God, with all you heart, with all you soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.’ Love of God and neighbor is indeed the fulfillment of the Law (cf. Mt. 22:36-40; Gal. 5:14; Rom. 13:8-10).

“But really to understand the scholar’s response, we have to keep two things in mind:”

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Archbishop Lori’s Homily: Filipino Pilgrimage in Honor of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage

“I am happy and honored to be a part of this pilgrimage in honor of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage. For nearly 400 years, Blessed Mary has watched over sailors and travelers who faced the dangers of the sea as they made their way to and from the Philippines. And today, in honoring Mary’s loving protection for seafarers, we also honor two intrepid mariners, two saints on this, their feast day, two saints who still guide the Church as she journeys through the stormy waters of history: St. Peter, the fisherman and, if you will, the Church’s ‘navigator’; and St. Paul, Apostle to the Gentiles, and if you will, the Church’s courageous ‘explorer’. Surrounded by Mary’s maternal care, let us reflect on how it is that Sts. Peter and Paul continue to guide the Church in times both good and difficult, and how they thus help us on our homeward journey, towards the shores of heaven.”

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Archbishop Lori’s Homily: Corpus Christi 2019

“As Catholics we profess our faith at Mass every Sunday. After God’s Word has been proclaimed and preached, we recite the Creed, usually the Nicene Creed. It is a way of summing up God’s Word that reminds us of who God is, what God has done for us, why we belong to the Church, and what we hope for.

“On Corpus Christi Sunday, the Solemnity of the Lord’s Body and Blood, a day dedicated specially to the mystery of the Eucharist, let us profess our faith specifically in the mystery of the Eucharist: in the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist, and in the Mass as the banquet of Christ’s Paschal Sacrifice, acknowledging at the same time why this mystery of faith is so important in our lives. Unlike the Creed we recite on Sunday, this profession of faith is more personal – a witness to faith in the Eucharist that flows from our lived experience.”

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Archbishop Lori’s Homily: Pentecost Sunday; Knights of Columbus State Deputies Meeting

“As your chaplain and homilist, I hope you have been able to see a progression in the talks which I have offered you during this important weekend. As these days together conclude, let me offer you a reprise of where we’ve been and where we’re going, and to do this in the short space of a Pentecost Sunday homily.

“Friday we celebrated a Votive Mass of the Sacred Heart in which we prayed for that personal and moral conversion and formation by which we become worthy to receive the Holy Spirit who equips us for the leadership roles we have been asked to assume in the Order. Later on, in my opening address, I spoke of how Pope Francis is calling us to undergo a change of culture, a new missionary impulse. For us this means retrieving Father McGivney’s original vision for the Knights, namely, as a preeminent path for the men in our parishes to encounter Christ, to embrace the faith, to be better spouses and husbands, and to be united in fraternity as men of authentic charity. Yesterday morning, and not a moment too soon, I identified the Holy Spirit as ultimate ‘the change-agent’ by whose grace we are personally renewed in Christ, such that we live the principles of the Order come alive in us— in our spiritual lives, in our life at home and at work, in our relationships with one another, and in our love and service for those in need.”

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Archbishop Lori’s Homily: Priesthood Ordination; Wheeling, WV

“The Scripture readings for today’s Ordination speak to us of our need for shepherds— shepherds who are sound, competent, and holy, after the mind and heart of Christ. We need shepherds to lead and guide us in responding to our call to holiness, to help us live as the Lord’s disciples in the Church and as his missionaries in the world.

“In the Acts of the Apostles, St. Paul warns the Church at Ephesus that, after his departure, there will come shepherds who are in fact savage wolves who will destroy the flock of God which he, Paul, had so carefully built up with his fellow presbyters in the power of the Holy Spirit. How this warning resonates in these difficult days in the Church’s life!”

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Archbishop Lori’s Homily: 4th Sunday of Easter; Mother’s Day

“In 2006, St. Ambrose celebrated its 100th anniversary and today we celebrate the 90th anniversary of this beautiful Gothic church which was completed in 1929 during the pastorate of Msgr. Hugh Monahan, and dedicated by Archbishop Michael J. Curley, then Archbishop of Baltimore. In and of itself, this church is a remarkable architectural achievement and it remains a landmark in the Park Heights neighborhood.

“But we are celebrating more than architecture and more than a landmark. We’ve gathered to give thanks to God for our spiritual home — a place of blessing and peace, a place where we come together to hear God’s Word, to celebrate his powerful Presence in the Mass and Sacraments, a place where gather as a community, the Body of Christ, to come to know and love one another, to care for one another as sisters and brothers. St. Ambrose is where we support one another in living the faith amid life’s challenges, while, at the same time, keeping our eyes fixed on our eternal home, which is heaven. As we read in the Book of Revelation, heaven is where we hope one day to gather with people from every race, nation, and tongue in joyful worship before the Throne of the Lamb, the Lamb of God, who was slain for our salvation.”

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Archbishop Lori’s Homily: 3rd Sunday of Easter; First Communions

“It is a joy to return to St. Joseph’s Parish on such a happy day when eighteen young people will receive their First Holy Communion. How happy we are, how inspired we are as these, your sons and daughters, your young fellow parishioners, receive for the first time the Body and Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

“So, for a moment or two I’d like to say something to those of you who are receiving your First Holy Communion. I’d imagine you are pretty happy and excited to receive our Lord in Holy Communion for the first time – am I right? I want you to know that this makes me really happy also – because I get to share in one of the most important days of your life. Receiving Jesus in Holy Communion means you are old enough to begin understanding your Catholic faith. It also means that you are deepening your friendship with Jesus. We receive Jesus in Holy Communion because Jesus wants to be with us – he wants to live in us and help us and love us every day of our life.”

Read the complete homily HERE.