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.”

Read the complete homily HERE.

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?”

Read the complete homily HERE.

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.”

Read the complete homily HERE.

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.”

Read the complete homily HERE.

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.

Archbishop Lori’s Remarks: Faith in Baltimore

“The warmest of welcomes to all as we gather on this [cold] January evening to join with you in friendship and celebration of the Catholic Church’s partnerships with so many in our beloved City of Baltimore.  In particular, we are honored to be joined by many elected officials and other City leaders, including Mayor Young, City Council President Brandon Scott, Chief Harrison, and so many others from our City Council and City delegation in the Maryland General Assembly.  Thanks so much to all of you for taking the time to be with us this evening.

“Today, of course, is the actual birthday of one of our country’s greatest heroes, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  What a fitting day to come together to celebrate our shared commitment to unity and our legacy of service in the City of Baltimore.”

Read the complete homily HERE.

Archbishop Lori’s Homily: 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time; Mass of the Holy Spirit

“As the current academic year gets underway and starts to accelerate, I’m glad to celebrate this Mass of the Holy Spirit with all of you who are part of this university community – thank you, Fr. Linnane, for inviting me! To the new students, I offer a warm welcome to the Archdiocese of Baltimore, the first Roman Catholic diocese in the United States, founded in 1789. Today the Archdiocese has over half a million members and is blessed with more than 140 parishes in Baltimore throughout nine counties of Maryland. Our Catholic schools educate nearly 25,000 young people and Catholic Charities is the largest provider of social services in the region, in urban neighborhoods, in rural areas, and among the immigrant community, while five Catholic hospitals provide generous charity care to those in need. The Archdiocese is also blessed by the presence of three Catholic universities. It partners with religious orders and with many faith-based organizations that are doing really good work, often heroic work, in our midst. All this we do because our faith impels us to do it. Whatever we do for those who are in need, we do for Christ.”

Read the complete homily HERE.