Paul Knitter’s Homily, February 19, 2017

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Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time                                                              Feb. 19, 2017     DWELLING WITHIN US – ACTING THROUGH US (Leviticus 19: 1-2, 9-18; I Cor 3:10-11,16-23; Matthew 5: 38-48)  I. MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: TO BE AS HOLY AND AS PERFECT AS GOD        A. Before I sit down to put a homily together, I try to give it a title; that helps to keep me focused on a central theme. For today’s homily, after an initial reading of today’s texts, the first title that came to mind was “Mission Impossible.”   Fearing, however, that that title might more readily elicit images of Tom Cruise …

Leora Weitzman’s Homily, February 12, 2017

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February 12, 2017 • 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time • Leora Weitzman Deuteronomy 30:15-20, 1 Corinthians 3:1-9, Matthew 5:21-37   At first hearing, this all sounds like an impossibly tall order. And Jesus sounds dismayingly harsh. And yet, I believe what we just heard is an invitation Home… to a way of being that is deeply natural and brings profound peace. It’s an invitation, as T.S. Eliot says, “through the unknown, remembered gate” … to the way we were once upon a time. Once upon a time, before we learned to judge or use anyone or anything in God’s creation, …

Libby Caes’ Homily, February 5, 2017

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February 5, 2017 Matthew 5: 13-16   Light and salt are both in great abundance in our culture. Go to Home Depot; there is a whole aisle of many different types of light bulbs. LEDs, CFLs, incandescent, fluorescent. Go to Woodman’s; salt comes in many sizes and colors and flavors. There is even low sodium salt! This abundance and variety remind me of how many different Christian denominations there are. Consider the Mennonites: there are over 100 different Mennonite association of churches. Many of them are splinter groups. Paradoxically or shamefully, a core value of Mennonites is peacemaking. I pick …

Colleen Hartung’s Homily, January 29, 2017

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Great Crowds and Unbidden Blessings Matthew 5: 1-12 A Homily by Colleen D. Hartung January 29, 2017   And great crowds followed him from Galilee, the Decapolis, Jerusalem and Judea and from beyond the Jordan.  When Jesus saw the crowds he went up the mountain and he sat down (Matthew 4:25-5:1)   In today’s scripture, the author of The Gospel According to Matthew tells us that a great crowd of people gather at the foot of a mountain somewhere in Galilee.  This gathering of people is the first in a series of gatherings in this gospel including the feeding of …

Joseph Wiesenfarth’s Homily from Epiphany, January 8, 2017

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Joseph Wiesenfarth Epiphany:  8 January 2017 Isaiah 60:1-6; Ephesians 3:1-12; Matthew 2:1-12   There are two kinds of epiphany:  one beginning with a capital letter and one beginning with a small letter.  The one beginning with the capital E is what we are celebrating today.  Dictionaries tell us it is “A Christian feast celebrating the manifestation of the divine nature of Jesus to the Gentiles as represented by the Magi.”  In Samuel Johnson’s A Dictionary of the English Language of 1755 we get the additional information of the “commemoration of our Saviour’s [birth] being manifested to the world, by the …

Lynne Smith’s Homily from Christmas Day, December 25, 2016

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Christmas Day – 2016                                                                     Lynne Smith, OSB In September this year, a husband and wife and their five children boarded a bus in a refugee camp in Tanzania to be taken to a plane where they would be flown to their new home in another country. The husband had lived in the refugee camp since he was eleven. The family didn’t know where they were going. When Joel Makeci Ebuela got off the plane, he asked, “Where am I?” He and his family, originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo, had arrived in the Missoula, Montana to start their new …

Jerry Folk’s Homily, December 11, 2016

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December 11, 2016 (Advent III) Holy Wisdom Monastery, Madison, WI John the Baptist is a prominent figure in the scripture readings for the Advent Season.  Last Sunday we heard him declare, “The Reign of God is at hand and the Messiah will be here soon with a winnowing fork in his hand. He’ll separate the wheat from the chaff and throw the chaff in an unquenchable fire.” A few verses later, John reveals the identity of the Messiah. He points to Jesus and says, “He is the one.” But in today’s reading he’s not so sure. Reports about what Jesus …

Patricia La Cross’ Homily, December 4, 2016

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In today’s gospel from Matthew, John proclaims a Jesus who will baptize with the Holy Spirit and fire. Jesus is the one singled out by the Creator to bestow the gifts of wisdom and understanding, counsel and strength, knowledge and fearful wonder before God. Jesus is the One who will restore justice and unite the world. It is our mission as a faith community—from a hill no less—to signal to the peoples that this living God still calls us to live together in harmony, with patient courage. As we entered this Advent season last week I was stifling a cough …

Joseph Wiesenfarth’s Homily, November 27, 2016

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Homily 11.27.16 Joseph Wiesenfarth First Sunday of Advent 2016 Isaiah 2:1-5, Romans 13:11-15, Matthew 24:36-44   Reluctantly, I’ve come to the conclusion that I was not formed to be deeply spiritual.  This whole business of looking to the end of things by forgetting about what you eat and drink and whom you do or don’t marry doesn’t sit well with me.  Logically, I’m more at home with those passages of the New Testament in which Jesus eats and drinks with sinners than with those that ask me to pass through the eye of the needle.  Indeed, perhaps I’m too fond …

Libby Caes’ Homily, November 20, 2016

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November 20, 2016 Sunday of the Fulfillment Jeremiah 23:1-6, Psalm 46, Colossians 1:11-20, Luke 23:33, 34b-43   Because Psalm 46 frames my reflections I invite you to listen to it again with the ear of your heart:   God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change, though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea; though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble with its tumult.   There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy habitation of …