Adapted from the homily.
Almost at this very time fifteen years ago Jesus Christ became incarnate. He was in New York City, alive in a 24 year old man named Welles Crowther. Welles, a graduate of Boston College, was an equity trader on the 104th floor of the South Tower of the World Trade Center. When the first plane hit that morning, Welles, like the Good Shepherd in our Gospel, carried a woman on his shoulders and made his way down to the Sky Lobby on the 78th floor.
Welles Crowther went after those people who were lost and hurt. He returned to the pain and suffering, just as Christ did. That was Jesus Christ with the red bandana around his face. No, we don't believe in reincarnation as Catholics. People don't reincarnate as trees or other people. But Christ does. Christ was reincarnate in Welles fifteen years ago, making ground zero not hell, but heaven on earth.