Archbishop Lori’s Homily: 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time

First, I am happy to return to St. Peter Claver and St. Pius V Parish. Unfortunately, I’m spread a little thin, so I don’t get here often enough. But whenever I do, whether I’m bringing a few hundred bishops with me, or coming over to distribute coats for kids, or simply offering Sunday Mass … it is always a joy to be united with you in faith and worship. And with you, I want to express the deep gratitude we share for Fr. Ray. Thank you for your priestly love and your dedicated leadership of your parish and for your healing and prophetic presence in this neighborhood and our city!

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Archbishop Lori’s Homily: 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time

When I was in the first or second grade, Mom and Dad were invited to a buffet dinner. Since Mom was not able to find a babysitter, I tagged along. As you might imagine, before we arrived, Mom advised me to mind my manners. When we walked in, my young eyes focused on a table groaning with food. To my mind, everything imaginable was on that table, and I was raring to go. So, while Mom and Dad were engaged in conversation, I loaded up my plate with food, much to their embarrassment, and later, when I got home, much to my chagrin.

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Archbishop Lori’s Homily: 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Throughout much of his life, my Dad was an avid gardener. Wherever we lived, my Father always reserved part of the backyard for his tomatoes, squashes, green beans, and, sometimes, a little fig tree. As a rule, Dad’s gardens were neither large nor artful in design, but they did produce enough beans and tomatoes that Mom could put them up in Mason jars. That way, we enjoyed the fruits of Dad’s labor throughout the winter.

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Archbishop Lori’s Homily: 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time; Live-streamed and Televised Mass (Coronavirus Crisis)

Among the many things Our LORD has said to us, few are more comforting than his words in today’s Gospel: “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest.” Let us admit it: even in the downtime of a holiday weekend, we may find ourselves bearing heavy burdens.

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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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