The Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem
(Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time-Year A; This homily was given on July 9, 2017 at St. Paul Church in Cranston, R.I., and Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Church in Woonsocket, R.I.; See Matthew 11:25-30)
One of the most ancient churches in the Christian world is the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. It was built over the place where Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, was born. That church has been invaded, destroyed, rebuilt and reestablished, over and over again, across the centuries. It is a testimony to the power of perseverance and to the tenacity of the Christian faith.