“Preaching” Is More Than A Homily

Anyone who has been to a Catholic liturgy during Holy Week knows that everything is not only longer – the hymns, prayers, readings – but is also full of symbols.  The red vestments of Palm Sunday, the blessed oils of the Chrism Mass, the elevated Cross on Good Friday, the single flame of the Paschal Candle at the Easter Vigil are just some of the symbols of Holy Week… in the midst of these long and rich liturgies, what’s a preacher to do?

 

Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion

Year A

 

At the Procession with Palms: Matthew 21:1-11

First Reading: Isaiah 50:4-7

Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 22:8-9, 17-18, 19-20, 23-24

Second Reading: Philippians 2:6-11

Gospel: Mathew 26:14-27:66

 

This homily was given at the 10:30 am Sunday Mass at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Taylor, Texas, where Br. Thomas More, with Fr. Leo Almazán, professor of moral theology at Aquinas Institute of Theology, will be offering a Lenten parish mission.