Archbishop Lori’s Homily: 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time

“In his second letter to the Corinthians and again in his Letter to the Ephesians, St. Paul refers to himself as an ‘ambassador for Christ’. In other words, Paul spoke to the people as if it were Christ himself, calling them to be reconciled to God and to one another. In his Letter to the Ephesians, St. Paul describes himself as ‘an ambassador in chains’, an indication that he would soon represent Christ by imitating his death.”

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Archbishop Lori’s Homily: 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time; Live-streamed and Televised Mass (Coronavirus Crisis)

Fear is a powerful human emotion. It strikes in the depths of our hearts when we confront violence, death, illness, loss of livelihood, or shame. Fear can paralyze us just when we most need to convert retreat into advance. Fear can prod us into making bad choices – hasty, ill-considered choices, with lasting detrimental consequences. Fear can hang over our lives like a cloud, a cloud that casts gloom on our relationships with others and robs us of joy.

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Archbishop Lori’s Homily: Corpus Christi 2020

“Last week, I was able to connect with my Mom through Zoom. At this stage of life, Mom doesn’t own a computer and doesn’t want one, but her caregivers connected Mom and me through an I-pad. I was able to hear her voice, as I do each evening when I call Mom on the phone. And, even if the Zoom image wasn’t the clearest, I was able to see Mom, to see how she looked, how she was dressed, to see if her hair were groomed, and what her room looked like. Most of all, I could see her beautiful smile. We gave each other our undivided attention. We felt close and it brought us both a lot of joy. But, as the session ended, Mom also said, ‘I hope you can visit me soon!'”

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Archbishop Lori’s Homily: Trinity Sunday

“In the midst of pandemic, injustice, and unrest, we celebrate Trinity Sunday. It is a day when we focus on the most fundamental teaching of the Christian faith, namely, that there is only One God and that God is a Trinity of Persons, God – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The Trinity is not myth, a riddle, or an insoluble mathematical puzzle. We know of the mystery of the Trinity only because God has granted us, so to speak, a window into his inner life. Even so, we could never pretend to grasp this mystery in its fullness. After writing a brilliant treatise on the Trinity, St. Augustine concluded it by saying: ‘Among the many things I have said, I am sure and I declare that I have said nothing that is worthy of this supreme, ineffable Trinity’ (On the Trinity, I; XV). Augustine’s words are an admonition to every Trinity Sunday homilist, including me. Let me just say that, with all my heart, I believe in the Most Holy Trinity. I have staked my life and pinned my hopes on the living and true God, the One God in Three Persons. It is my fervent prayer that, in God’s grace, you can make the same profession of faith.

“By professing our faith in a God who exceeds everything we could imagine, we resist the temptation to create for ourselves a god designed to meet our needs, a god who is a mere projection of our desires for a better life and a better world.”

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Archbishop Lori’s Homily: Pentecost Sunday; Live-streamed and Televised Mass (Coronavirus Crisis)

“During these past weeks, I have referred often to the pandemic that has afflicted so many individuals, families, and communities across the globe. While we hope and pray that the coronavirus will soon loosen its grip upon us, on this Pentecost Sunday we must acknowledge another infectious disease that continues to plague our society, namely, the pandemic of racism.

“This pandemic has many symptoms, but all too often it is epitomized by incidents such as the killing of George Floyd. The events in Minneapolis painfully remind us of the similar crisis we faced here in Baltimore City five years ago….”

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Archbishop Lori’s Homily: 4th Sunday of Lent; Live-Streamed Mass (Coronavirus Crisis)

“At the beginning of Mass, I mentioned that today is ‘Laetare Sunday’ – and, as the Latin scholars among us know, the word ‘laetare’ means, ‘to rejoice’! Now, it might seem just a little tone deaf for the Church to celebrate a Sunday of rejoicing, not only in the midst of Lent, but also in the midst of a global pandemic that has claimed the lives of thousands and still threatens the lives of many more people, at home and abroad. Coupled with the pandemic is a global financial crisis which is already affecting the livelihood and the savings of countless people. What’s more, the most defenseless among us are even more vulnerable as healthcare and social service systems are strained to the breaking point. Some may be asking: ‘Over what should we be rejoicing?’

“It’s tempting for me to rush to a correct answer as to the real reason for our joy. But instead of going there first, I think we should journey as one towards that answer. And the route we should take is today’s Scripture readings, the very Word of God, which have the capacity to light our way now and in the difficult days that lie ahead.”

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Archbishop Lori’s Homily: Institution of Acolytes; Saturday of the 1st Week of Lent

“Today the Word of God focuses us on the law of love. After presenting to the people of Israel the Lord’s statutes and decrees, Moses, the teacher par excellence of the Old Testament, makes it clear that these statutes and decrees are not merely a set of rules to be followed, but rather a response of obedient love to the Lord who invited them to enter into a covenant with himself. We are to love God above all else and our neighbor as ourselves.

“In the Gospel, Jesus the living Word of God, challenges us to understand and live the law of love more fully. Instead of loving our neighbor as we love ourselves, we are to love them in the utterly generously way that his Father loves them. We are to love our enemies, our persecutors, and those who are unjust. It seems that the Lord has set the bar impossibly high. Who of us can love like that?”

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Archbishop Lori’s Homily: 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time; World Day of the Sick Mass

“As I mentioned at the beginning of Mass, today we observe the World Day of the Sick. It is a day set aside by the Church to pray for all those who are ill in mind or body. If there is someone in your family who is seriously ill or if a friend or colleague facing an illness has asked your prayers, this is a special moment in which to commend them to Jesus, the Divine Physician, who cured so many people of illness of soul and body while on this earth. It is a special moment in which to ask Mary to help them by her prayers, invoking her intercession under the title of Our Lady, Health of the Sick.

“World Day of the Sick is also an appropriate day to pray for those who lack adequate health care, both in the United States and around the world. How to provide adequate health care in the United States remains a hot topic but in many parts of the world, there is little health care and conditions are appalling. I note the heroic work of Catholic Relief Services, headquartered here in Baltimore, in bringing much needed medical and social services to the world’s poorest citizens.”

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Archbishop Lori’s Homily: 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time; Sunday of the Word of God

“It is always a pleasure for me to visit St. Louis Parish, and to thank Msgr. Luca for his wonderful pastoral leadership, along with Fr. Peter Gevera and Father Bill Keown, my brother deacons, the dedicated lay staff and leadership, and the principal, staff, and teachers here at St. Louis School – and I am happy to be with you as Catholic Schools Week begins.

“But today is an especially joyous occasion as we celebrate the completion of the bell tower and, not coincidentally, the renovated steps leading into the church – and my warmest thanks to all whose generosity made this and much more possible. But let us pause and ask ourselves what it is that the bells in the tower call us to. Let us pause and ask ourselves what it is that the church steps enable us to ascend to. In a word, you are summoned by the bells and you ascend the church steps to encounter the living Word of God in the power of the Spirit.”

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Archbishop Lori’s Homily: 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time; “Life Is Beautiful” Mass

“Last Sunday, my mother celebrated her 100th birthday and my parents celebrated their 73rd wedding anniversary. At this point in their lives, Mom and Dad live in a nursing facility but we were able to bring them to their parish church for Mass, and afterwards, we had a luncheon in their honor in the parish hall. Mom and Dad were happy to be surrounded by family and friends, even if they found it all just a little overwhelming. During lunch, a woman whom Mom had known for many years said to her, ‘Why, Mrs. Lori, you look wonderful. You don’t look a day over 80!’

Later that day, when my parents had returned to the nursing facility, Mom and Dad were tired but very happy. Still wound up from the event, Mom wanted to talk. She spoke about her parents and how much she still loves them. She thanked them for the gift of life and for raising her in the Catholic faith. She talked about being married to Dad for nearly three-quarters of a century, and the gift of the three sons she and Dad welcomed into the world, and how she and Dad tried to make our home happy, secure, full of faith and love. She spoke about the challenges she and Dad faced, and the love they continue to share. Mom gave thanks to the Lord and to the Blessed Mother for all these blessings.

Read the complete homily HERE.