Lynne Smith’s Homily for November 5, 2017

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All Saints/All Souls                                                                                           November 5, 2017 Rev. 7:9-17; 1 John 3:1-3; Matthew 5:1-12 Thomas Merton wrote: “To be a saint is to be yourself.” When I say that, I imagine, right away, there is a voice that goes off in our heads saying, “I’m no saint.” We have probably heard from lots of people: “You’re no saint.” Sometimes we mistakenly think we are not good enough or it’s not safe to be ourselves. So we try mightily to be something or someone else. We build a persona made up of who others tell us we should be, or we put …

Colleen Hartung’s Homily for October 22, 2017

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The Daughters of Zelophehad — #METOO   I know for a fact that there are at least a few of you here who are almost totally, technologically unplugged.  You are avoiding TV news coverage because it is just too upsetting.  You have an allergic aversion to social media and you don’t’ check your emails.  You know who you are.  This is one way to create a contemplative Benedictine space.  But if you are paying attention at all to the digital craziness out there, either because you feel like it is your civic duty or you are a little addicted — …

Steve Zwettler’s Homily for October 15, 2017

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Homily October 15, 2017 28th Sunday of the Year By: Steve Zwettler Readings:  Is. 25-1-9 Phil: 4-1-9 Matt:  1-14   Leaning Into God   Ronald Rolheiser, an priest and marvelous spiritual writer, seems to always touch my soul.  His beautiful book, “The Holy Longing,” is a spiritual classic.  Somewhere in his writing he expressed this very interesting insight into spirituality.  He wrote:   “Spirituality is more about whether we can sleep at night, Than about whether or not we go to church.”   In light of this interesting insight I offer this Homiletic Meditation this morning—which is really a rather …

Mary Gordon’s Homily for October 8, 2017

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Sermon 10/8/17 Isaiah 5 1-8 Matthew 21: 33-45     Originally, Paul Knitter, our preside, was meant to be today’s homilist as well  and when I spoke to him about my difficulties with today’s readings he said, “I was so glad you had to speak about them and not me.”  Thanks a lot, Paul. The eminent feminist scholar of the Hebrew Bible, Phyllis Trible, has written a book called Texts of Terror, and today’s texts are indeed texts of terror, or more properly described, terrible texts. They are among those Biblical texts that I for one, wish weren’t there, For …

Libby Caes’ Homily from October 1, 2017

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Libby Caes October 1, 2017 Ezekiel 18:1-4, 25-32 Philippians 2:1-13 Matthew 21:23-32   A few times during my former career as a hospital chaplain a staff person would say that a difficult patient needed a heart transplant. That always caught my attention. It wasn’t that the patient literally needed a new heart. What was implied was that the patient was really hard to work with, A radical attitude adjustment was needed. Ezekiel might have said the same thing. God’s people are constantly grumbling and whining that God’s ways are not fair. An attitude adjustment is needed. I can imagine God …

Leora Weitzman’s Homily from September 24, 2017

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25th Ord • 9/24/17 • Jonah 3:10-4:11, Phil 1:21-30, Mt 20:1-16 • Leora Weitzman As Father Jerome said at this weekend’s retreat, If you insist on what you deserve, you will get… what you deserve. Jesus tells this story after Peter has said, “We have left everything to follow you! What will there be for us?”  The disciples have also been asking who is greatest in the reign of heaven, and Zebedee’s partner is about to ask that her sons sit at Jesus’ right and left in that reign.  These are the kinds of questions that have a teacher realize …

Patti La Cross’ Homily from September 10, 2017

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Is everyone awake? Perhaps you were awakened by the start gun for the Ironman this morning. Yes, there are Ironmen and women out there today, while we are here. And we are grateful for each of you who are in this circle. Bathed in the light of God’s love, and in this sweet sunlight, you are golden.   In the privileged time I had over the past year with our grandchildren I was reminded of the Wakefulness that accompanies parenting little ones. So I smile to read this Gospel after having a visit with Ziggy, our little grandson yesterday, and …

Jerry Folk’s Homily from August 20, 2017

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Pentecost XI Holy Wisdom Middleton, WI   Community and boundaries—that’s what all of today’s readings are about. In the reading from Isaiah, chapter 56, the prophet boldly revises the boundaries of the faith community of Israel.  Today’s reading omits verses 4 and 5 of the chapter, which is the boldest of these revisions. There the prophet writes “For thus says the Lord: to the eunuchs who…hold fast my covenant, I will give, in my house and within my walls a…name better than sons and daughters.” The prophet’s inclusion of eunuchs and foreigners in the faith community explicitly contradicts the words …

Joseph Wiesenfarth’s Homily from August 13, 2017

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Joseph Wiesenfarth Homily 8.13.17 1 Kings 19:9-18, Romans 10:5-15, Matthew 14:22-33   Put yourself in Elijah’s place.  Some really dangerous people who have killed your friends are looking to kill you.  Unlike them, you are unarmed.  So you are hiding out to save yourself.  But suddenly a stranger—soon to be a friend—momentarily unnamed, finds you and asks why you are holed up in a cave?  As Elijah did, you tell your story to the stranger.  As was the case with Elijah, your friend, happens to be Yahweh.  Or to use a modern term, your friend happens to be God. Next …

Paul Knitter’s Homily from August 6, 2017

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Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Aug 6, 2017   Isaiah 55: 1-5; Rom. 9: 1-5; Matt. 14: 13-21   “What about the Jews?”   INTRODUCTION   As you have sometimes heard, we homilists occasionally complain about being dealt a hand of “difficult texts” – biblical passages that are either obtuse, maybe offensive, or hard to put together. I can make no such complaint today! I have been dealt a full, rich hand in the passages from our first and third readings, Isaiah and Matthew – beautiful, fertile images and metaphors of abundant food for all: “Wine and milk that can …