Archbishop Lori’s Homily: 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time; Saints Lorenzo Ruiz and Pedro Calungsod

“It is a joy to take part once again in this festive Eucharistic celebration honoring two great Filipino saints, San Lorenzo Ruiz and San Pedro Calungsod. This joyous Mass is the culmination of three nights of prayer and reflection, a triduum, during which you opened your hearts to the Holy Spirit asking him to implant in you a spirit of discipleship and a burning desire to serve the Church as missionary disciples – ‘to stir into flame [y]our love and service for the Lord.’ May these days of prayer not only contribute to our joy at this Mass but also bear the abundant fruit of the Gospel in the Archdiocese!

“Prior to this liturgy San Lorenzo Ruiz and San Pedro Calungsod were enthroned and there followed a traditional Sinoloģ Dance to honor these two saints. The life and example of these saints are engraved on the culture of the Philippines and written as well on your hearts, indeed, the hearts of all present here today. So, let us spend a moment prayerfully reflecting on their life and example and then allow them to shed light on today’s challenging Scripture readings which teach about two essential qualities of missionary disciples.”

Read the complete homily HERE.

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Archbishop Lori’s Homily: Saints Cornelius and Cyprian; Deacon Convocation

“Today, both the Scripture readings and the Feast Day give us much to think about and much to pray about, as we reflect on your calling to serve the Church as deacons as well as the ways spouses and families share in and are affected by this ministry. Let us spend a moment ‘unpacking’ some of these riches, beginning with our reading from the First Letter of St. Paul to Timothy.

“In that reading, St. Paul leads by example. He shows anyone who would claim the name of ‘Christian’ or minister in the name of Christ and the Church what our stance before the living God should be. It is not one of pride and presumption but rather an attitude of repentance and humility.  St. Paul writes: ‘Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. Of these, I am the foremost. But for that reason, I was mercifully treated, so that in me, as the foremost, Christ Jesus might display all his patience as an example for those who would come to believe in him for everlasting life.'”

Read the complete homily HERE.

Archbishop Lori’s Homily: 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time; Blessing of New Ministry and Team House

“I’m glad to be with you today to celebrate this parish Mass, and after, Mass to bless the newly completed Ministry and Team House. This project has been in the making for quite a while, so I congratulate you warmly on its completion. With Fr. Tizio, I surely want to thank all who generously supported this project which will greatly benefit our student athletes and their coaches, now and for many, many years to come. Warmest thanks to school and parish leadership and to you, the parishioners, for your generosity – without which this wonderful new facility would not have been built.

“Let us now turn to the Word of God just proclaimed, and in light of this special occasion, we ask what these readings mean for us and for our daily lives, beginning with our reading from the Book of Sirach. In this Old Testament passage, written some 200 years before the birth of Christ, the author, Ben Sira, a wise and learned Jerusalem resident, alerts us to the spiritual danger of being angry and vengeful.  He warns us that we cannot expect God to forgive our sins if we nourish anger against other people – even those who have treated us badly. This teaching should not surprise us because every day, in the Our Father, we say: ‘Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.’ We say those words often but we know it isn’t always easy to forgive others.”

Read the complete homily HERE.

Archbishop Lori’s Remarks: Mass for Dreamers, 9/13/2017

 

My thanks to Father Bruce Lewandowski and the St. Patrick/Sacred Heart of Jesus community for organizing this Eucharist. Now more than ever we need to come together as one community of faith, to raise our voices and our prayers on behalf of those in need of our support and our fraternal love.

The cancelation of DACA is not only an immigration issue, but it is also a moral issue. As Catholics and people of faith, we are called to defend life at every stage, and the lives of these young people are being unnecessarily being put at risk by the threat of deportation and separation from the only country many of them have ever known, as well as separation from family, friends, jobs, schools, and their livelihood.  This is cause for great and unnecessary worry and suffering.

Furthermore, this ruling by the administration denies young people a life of opportunity and it deprives our country of their talents. As Pope John Paul II expressed in his encyclical Evangelium Vitae: “Every threat to human dignity and life must necessarily be felt in the Church’s very heart; it cannot but affect her at the core of her faith… Today this proclamation is especially pressing because of the extraordinary increase and gravity of threats to the life of individuals and peoples”. Young people represent the present and the future of the Church; you are indispensable for the progress of this country and of the Church. You are a treasure we must care for.

I join my brother bishops in imploring the administration to show mercy and compassion for those seeking refuge, and to advance the American value of freedom through providing safe harbor to those fleeing tyranny and religious persecution.  Doing the contrary goes against our American values, but most importantly, against our Christian values.  As Americans and people of faith, we are better than that.  We must be better than that.

My dear young people and families, please know that you are not alone. As my brother bishops have declared, “regardless of your immigration status, you are children of God and welcome in the Catholic Church. The Catholic Church supports you and will advocate for you.” The United States is not only your country, it is also your home.

It is very fitting that today’s Gospel speaks to us about the poor, the lonely, the weeping and the persecuted. Brothers and sisters know that “your reward will be great in heaven”. Let us then, put our trust in God.

More on the Dreamers Mass from the Baltimore Sun: “Baltimore archbishop calls for mercy for ‘Dreamers’ during Mass at Fells Point church”

Archbishop Lori’s Homily: 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time; Saint Philip Neri Parish

“In the late 1960’s, as a high school seminarian, I had a summer job as a cashier in a relatively small grocery store. One day, I was waiting on a customer when two distinguished ladies entered the store. They came over to the checkout lane and addressed themselves to my customer. ‘We haven’t seen you and your husband in church for over a month,’ they said. ‘Is anything the matter? Are you still a member of our church?’

“Clearly embarrassed, the woman replied softly, ‘Everything’s o.k.’ When the two ladies left she said to me, ‘That’s the “church busy-body committee”. And, as a matter of fact, my husband and I don’t go to church anymore.’ She then added, ‘Do they come after people like that in your church?'”

Read the complete homily HERE.

Archbishop Lori’s Homily: Dedication of Nativity Church; Feast of the Nativity of Mary

“It is a great joy to bless and dedicate this extraordinary structure, set apart for the worship of God, the vital center and core of Church of the Nativity. As we look about and take in the design of this Church, at once contemporary and traditional, let us first give thanks to God, the giver of every good gift.

“And his gifts are indeed abundant. This church structure is meant to express not only the size of your parish but also its vitality coupled with hope and vision for the future. Such growth, hope, and vision does not occur without inspired leadership so let us take a moment to recognize the entire parish leadership team as led by your pastor, Father Michael White, together with Tom Corcoran. And warmest thanks to you, the parish family of Nativity for your extraordinary generosity which enabled this church to be built and paid for! Congratulations to one and all!”

Read the complete homily HERE.

Archbishop Lori’s Homily: Blessing of Calvary Grotto; 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

“It is a pleasure to return to St. Bartholomew Parish and to share with you a part of the last weekend of the summer season. I’m told that school starts on Tuesday, an event that will be greeted with much happiness by parents if not also by students. It is also a day when we, as a nation, pray for the victims of Hurricane Harvey, asking that those who lost their lives be granted eternal life and asking that those who remain may quickly rebuild their lives, even as we respond to their needs generously.

“And thank you, Father Roach, for inviting me to celebrate Holy Mass and also to bless the beautiful new Calvary Grotto which you and your parish family have built to give honor to the Savior. In a special way, I want to thank the Knights of Columbus, St. Bartholomew Council, for all you have done to create and construct this beautiful place of prayer and witness to the Crucified Savior. May it be always a beloved place of prayer and devotion; a shrine to the sacrificial love of the Savior who died to save us from our sins; a place of peace and rest where the Crucified Savior’s heart can speak to our hearts.”

Read the complete homily HERE.