Cardinal Dolan’s Homily on Sunday, June 14, 2015.
The following homily was delivered at this morning’s 10:15 am Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral:
Homily for the Fourth Sunday of Advent
God’s Holy Word, which we just heard, and the sermon that follows, are supposed to be good news.
Some days that’s tough to give, this good news and this is one of them, as we mourn the brutal and irrational execution of two young, promising and devoted police officers, Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu; as we tear-up thinking about their heartbroken families; as we are in solidarity with our police officers who experience a “death in the family;” as we…
Yesterday’s beautiful feast of Corpus Christi (The Body and Blood of Christ) allows us to renew our commitment to making Sunday Mass the priority of our Catholic life, of every parish family.
One of the valuable lessons we’re learning from Making All Things New, our strategic pastoral planning initiative, is that people want a reverent, uplifting, joyful, welcoming, meaningful Sunday Mass. They crave good lectors, inspirational (not overdone) music and singing, and a solid, succinct (i.e., short) sermon. They want to participate – – ushers, offertory procession, lectors, choir, servers, trained Extraordinary Eucharistic ministers (where called for and allowed by…
Over the weekend, I had the joy of welcoming hundreds of our married couples celebrating their fiftieth wedding anniversaries, and the cathedral was packed for two Masses with the couples, their children, and grandkids.
After letting them know of our love, gratitude, and congratulations, I commented how appropriate it was that our archdiocesan celebration of their golden jubilee was taking place on Trinity Sunday.
I could see they were a bit bewildered at first. What in the world does the Blessed Trinity have to do with our marriage, they rightfully wondered.
Well . . . everything! I hope they now agree.
Jesus means “God saves,” Cardinal Dolan reflects on Epiphany–the day that Jesus was revealed as the Savior of the world–and ponders the question, “Do I (as in all of us) need a Savior?”