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Chrism Mass
April 10, 2017

As we listen once again to the beautiful and familiar story of Jesus in his hometown synagogue, we hear that the eyes of all present were “fixed” on him. This expression carries the sense of the attention of everyone being riveted upon the Lord. I find that that captures well the purpose for which we are drawn together this evening here in St. Joseph’s Basilica. We want - we need - to fix our eyes anew on Jesus Christ.

We gather from across the Archdiocese as a community of faith in Christ entrusted with a mission of unparalleled importance. Since it is the Lord Jesus who calls, transforms and sends us, we must stay always close to him, because apart from him we can do nothing (cf. John 15:5), we can be nothing (cf. John 1:3; Col. 1:16). So tonight, by means of this beautiful liturgy, we fix our eyes on the Lord, in the hope that our gaze will meet his. We desire deeply to look upon the Lord, yet even more do we long for him to gaze upon us and our situation. Only by the light of his penetrating insight can we know how we must change and grow so as to follow him more faithfully.

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