Leora Weitzman’s Homily from May 12, 2019

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4th Sunday of Easter • Acts 9:36-43, Rev 7:9-17, Jn 10:22-30 • May 12, 2019 About 35 years ago, I was a recent convert, spoiled by years of superb preaching at a Jesuit campus ministry.  After college, living in a small town with a very traditional church, I heard a sermon on today’s middle reading that stayed with me for all the wrong reasons.  The priest kept repeating, “washed and made white in the blood of the Lamb,” but gave no help with how to understand or apply this paradoxical and violent image.  I was disturbed and mystified. What I’ve …

Joseph Wiesenfarth’s Homily from May 5, 2019

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Joseph Wiesenfarth Homily 5.5.19 Acts 9:1-20, Revelation 5:11-14, John 21:1-19   When I drove out of Madison into Middleton one Sunday in 1974, I thought that I was going to a church, but I wasn’t. I found myself in a “center”:  St. Benedict Center.  After a brief stint some years later at another “center” —in Waunakee Village—I found myself driving to a monastery:  Holy Wisdom Monastery.  So one might say that I haven’t been to a church in 35 years.  We know, of course, that Jesus did not found a religion, but others took it upon themselves to follow his …

Steve Zwettler’s Homily for Easter Sunday, April 21, 2019

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Easter Homily April 21, 2019 Steve Zwettler   “Midwifing the Resurrection”   Once again, welcome to all of you on this Easter Sunday.  There is a wonderful old Yiddish Proverb that says:  “Before you begin speaking say a few words.”  And the few words I would like to say before I share a few thoughts on the readings and the Resurrection is this:  I invite each of you to bring to the table of Eucharist today wherever and whatever in you that needs Resurrection.  What darkness, or brokenness, or pain or suffering, or confusion or illness or death in you …

Colleen Hartung’s Homily from Holy Thursday, April 18, 2019

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Service, Friendship and the Reign of God John 13: 1-17, 31b-35 Colleen Hartung on Holy Thursday, April 18, 2019   It has been a crazy week.  There’s the tragic fire at Notre Dame.  There is the chaos around the 20th anniversary of the school shooting at Columbine.  And today, there is the The Mueller Report.  Who can blame us if our attention is scattered?  And in a way, today’s readings do not help.  We heard three iconic texts; the Passover in Exodus, the Words of Institution and John’s version of Jesus’ last meal with his disciples.  All three are key …

Jerry Folk’s Homily from Palm Sunday, April 14, 2019

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Palm/Passion Sunday April 14, 2019 Holy Wisdom Sunday Assembly   Today is Palm and Passion Sunday. We can’t reflect on all that in one homily, so this morning we’ll consider only the Palm Sunday event, Jesus  entry in the city of Jerusalem. This is a crucial event in Jesus’  life, because it’s the bridge between his earthly ministry and his passion. In their book, The Last Week, Marcus Borg and Dominic Crossan remind us that the  word passion has two meanings—a religious one and a secular one. Religiously it refers to Jesus’ suffering and death. In secular language it means …

Rev. Barbara Lundblad’s Homily from March 31, 2019

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Holy Wisdom Community, Madison, WI: March 31, 2019                                            Luke 15: 1-3. 11-32 A Wonderful Story (Except for the Party) I’m grateful to you for the invitation to preach in this beautiful space. Since you follow the lectionary cycle as we do in the Lutheran church, people in congregations across the country will hear this overly familiar story of the prodigal son. My seminary preaching professor said this text has been preached from every angle – except, perhaps, “The Abandoned Swine!” To be more relevant I tried to find some connection between this text and the release of the Mueller …

Leora Weitzman’s Homily from March 17, 2019

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2nd Sun. Lent • Gen 15:1-12,17-18; Phil 3:17-4:1; Lk 13:31-35 • 3/11/19 When Sister Lynne sent out a request for a preaching sub, because she had a conference and wouldn’t have time to prep, the opportunity was as welcome as a life preserver.  I needed a reason to put my attention somewhere better than where it was.  I’d gotten into a vicious cycle of avoiding uncomfortable feelings by checking news on my smartphone, after which I felt even less able to face the real world.  Isn’t there something else I can check, or a game I can play?  When I …

Wayne Sigelko’s Homily from March 10, 2019

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First Sunday of Lent March 10, 2019   Lent is an ancient tradition.  It was established as a universal practice in the Church in the year 360 at the Council of Laodicea-a penitential season of 40 days in preparation for the celebration of Easter.  During Lent, we imitate Jesus’ forty-day sojourn in the desert prior to the beginning of his ministry, as described in each of the 3 Synoptic gospels.  We traditionally tell the story of this desert time on the first Sunday of Lent.   This passage from Luke is, other than the Christmas story, perhaps the one I …

Libby Caes’ Homily from March 3, 2019

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Transfiguration Sunday, 2019 March 3, 2019 Exodus 34:29-35, II Cor. 3.12-4:2, Luke 9:28-36   Does anyone know the highest point in Wisconsin? It is Timm’s Hill in Price County. Timm’s Hill is 49 feet short of 2000. If it were 2000 feet tall it could be called a mountain. But it is not.   Today’s homily could be called “A Tale of Two Mountains”. One of the mountains is 255 feet shorter than Timm’s Hill! I love the mountains; I think I inherited this love from my father. My Swiss dad grew up in Basel, a metropolitan area. He loved …

Lynne Smith’s Homily from February 10, 2019

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Homily                                                                                                            February 10, 2019 Feast of St. Scholastica                                                                             Lynne Smith, OSB We have only one story about Saint Scholastica, that of her last meeting with Benedict, her twin brother. I know many of you know the story, but I’m going to tell it again this morning because it has an important message for us. The story is found in the second book of Dialogues by Pope Gregory the Great. Within the past few decades, Gregory’s authorship of the Dialogues has been called into question. It’s possible that the Dialogues were written after Gregory’s time under his name which was common …