Mass at Morgan State University Homily

“I am honored and delighted to offer Holy Mass here at historic Morgan State in this beautiful University Chapel. I would like to thank your President, Dr. David Wilson, Rev. Dr. Bernard Keels, Chaplain, as well as Dr. Victor McCrary, Vice-President for Economic Research and Development . . . for their warm invitation to celebrate this Mass.

“I have been told that I am the first Archbishop to celebrate Mass on the campus of this university in its 150-year history. Well, I have been the Archbishop of Baltimore for less than 5 of those 150 years . . . but I can promise you this: We won’t wait another 150 years to do this again, if you’ll have us back!”

Read the complete homily HERE.

Annual Archdiocesan Scout Mass Homily

“Fr. Proffitt, Msgr. Phillips, my brother deacons, and dear friends in Christ: It’s a real pleasure to be with all of you today for the annual Archdiocesan Scout Mass and Presentation of Awards. And thank you so much, Father Proffitt, for hosting us here at St. John’s.

“Let me say how grateful I am to the members of the Catholic Committee on Scouting. And I am especially happy to offer my warm congratulations to all of you who will be receiving special awards today. I admire your hard work, dedication, faith, and values. You are models for your peers and for all of us gathered with you today.”

Read the complete homily HERE.

6th Sunday A; Homily

“Some years ago, on a flight from New York to Chicago,
a man seated next to me noticed that I was dressed as a priest
and asked if he could talk to me about his problems with the Church.
Just at that moment the flight attendant told us to buckle our seatbelts
and I’ll confess that I not only buckled it
but I also made sure it was pulled a little tighter than usual.
I was getting ready for in-flight turbulence of another kind.

“But, you know, it wasn’t that way at all.
My fellow passenger was a good person; he only was feeling perplexed.
In fact, he felt like a lot of people probably feel.
‘I was raised Catholic,’ he began, ‘but I’ve fallen away.
And the reason is that there are so many rules to keep.
The Church imposes too many laws and rules on its parishioners.
We need less rules and more love!'”

Read the complete homily HERE.

5th Sunday A; Knights of Columbus Board Meeting

“Years ago I met with a priest to discuss how things were going in his parish. Truth to tell, things were not going well. His parish was in rapid decline; Mass attendance was dropping; school enrollment was decreasing; and worst of all (!) the weekly collection was down. We began to focus on the causes for such precipitous decline. ‘It’s the culture,’ my brother priest asserted, ‘I blame the culture for all this.’ ‘But father,’ I found myself retorting, ‘It’s the culture you should be evangelizing.’

“I thought of that conversation as I reflected on today’s readings, readings that ask us to look at the culture of which we are a part, readings that challenge us to ask what our role is, as citizens and believers, in transforming that culture of which we are a part from within.”

Read the complete homily HERE.

Saturday 4th Week Year 1; Optional BVM Mass; Knights of Columbus Board Meeting

“A few years ago, in his Easter Vigil homily, Pope Francis invited all of us to return to Galilee – that is to say, to our first encounter with Jesus, to that time when our faith was young, to that place in our life when we were first conscious of our calling to follow Christ in love and to embrace a specific vocation. To use the Pope’s own words, ‘To go to Galilee means something beautiful; it means re-discovering our baptism as a living fountainhead, drawing new energy from the sources of our Christian faith and our Christian experience.’

“In the Gospel we meet the newly called apostles in Galilee itself. Here we find Jesus in the process of forming them as disciples. They witness his preaching and miracles; they listen as he instructs them in private; but Jesus also sends them out long before their formation is complete. Yet they go in his name and in his power – and like Jesus – accomplish great things. People have begun to seek them out just as they sought out Jesus. So, they return to Lord, excited, full of enthusiasm, anxious to report to him ‘all that they had done and taught’ . . . and what was Jesus’ response? Jesus did not say to them, please turn in your reflection papers on your pastoral experience by 5:00 p.m. so that we can analyze the quality of your interaction with God’s people. No, he said something very different: ‘Come away by yourselves to a deserted place and rest awhile.’ It is on this one line in our readings that I would like to dwell for a few minutes.”

Read the complete homily HERE.

Friday 4th Week Year 1; Optional Memorial of St. Blaise; Knights of Columbus Board Meeting

“Perhaps it is only coincidental that the Gospel episode of John’s beheading and the blessing of throats on the feast of St Blaise occur on the same day! In any event, at the end of Mass I will offer the traditional throat blessing asking God the Father to keep us in good health and on the road to holiness, as we, the family of the Knights of Columbus, pursue the mission of His Son, Jesus.

“In fact, this is exactly where our Scripture readings and the feast of St. Blaise lead us: deep into the mission that Jesus came into the world to accomplish. So, what does today’s liturgy tell us about the Lord’s mission and our role in it?”

Read the complete homily HERE.