My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,1
It is so beautiful to see all of you here this morning, especially so many young people.
This year, we come together at a special moment of grace for our Archdiocese. As we all know, we have just celebrated the 10th anniversary of the consecration of our great Cathedral.
This anniversary and this new chapel remind us that our Catholic Church still has a great mission in our city and in our nation. The mission of the new evangelization.
Our world needs a new evangelization!
Our society is growing more secularized. More of our neighbors — even people in our own families — are living as if God does not exist or as if he doesn’t matter.
The people of our times need someone to show them the way to back to God. They are waiting for us to show them, my dear brothers and sisters!
As we heard this morning in our first reading from St. Paul, we are all a part of Christ’s body on earth.
God gives each of us talents and gifts so we can serve his plan of salvation. So we can serve the mission of his Church.
We all have responsibility for the Church’s mission. All of us in the Church — bishops, priests and deacons; religious and consecrated men and women; seminarians; lay people in every walk of life.
We all have a duty, my brothers and sisters. A duty to proclaim the Gospel — by the witness of our lives. The faith we have received, we are called to pass on to others. The love of God we know, we are called to share with others.
In our Gospel reading today, Jesus speaks so tenderly to the widow whose son has died. He tells her: “Do not weep!”
In those simple words, we hear the great hope of our faith. The hope of the resurrection.
Jesus alone holds the answer to the questions of the human heart. And the biggest question of all is the question of death: What does our life mean? What will happen to us when we die?
Jesus shows us the answer today in raising the widow’s son from the dead.
And this is the good news that each one of us is called to proclaim to our world today.
We need to tell our neighbors, the people in our families — that if we believe in Jesus, if we give our lives to him, and if we follow him in his way of love and truth — then we can live with him forever, in the company of the saints and angels in heaven.
So as we continue with our Eucharistic celebration this morning, let us ask for the grace to deepen our friendship with Jesus Christ and to renew our missionary spirit.
And let us entrust our lives to the tender love of Our Lady of the Angels, the patroness of this great Archdiocese.
1. Readings (Tuesday, 24th Week in Ordinary Time): 1 Cor. 12:12-14, 27-31a; Luke 7:11-17.