Paul Knitter’s Homily from April 15, 2018

Holy Wisdom Monastery Homilies Leave a Comment

Third Sunday of Easter April 15, 2018 (Acts 3: 12-19; I John 3:1-7; Luke 24: 36b-48)   I have to confess that what I have to say today is a second draft. As I went about my first draft, it didn’t take long for me to realize that I was off to a wrong start.   In that first draft, I wanted to take up Luke’s account of what Steve last week irreverently called Jesus eating fish and chips with his followers. I wanted to explore the contrast, if not contradiction, between Luke’s emphasis that Jesus’ risen body was physical …

Leora Weitzman’s Homily from Easter Sunday, April 1, 2018

Holy Wisdom Monastery Homilies Leave a Comment

Easter • 4/1/18 • Acts 10:34-43; 1 Cor 15:1-11; Jn 20:1-18 • Leora Weitzman Part of being human is the experience of feeling abandoned… times when everything seems to be falling apart, projects, relationships, health, home, the whole world–maybe even all at once.   What used to work doesn’t any more, nor does anything else.  Once-reliable methods, routines, institutions, beliefs, even people no longer deliver as they used to.  There’s frustration… loss… disorientation. This is a time of great creative potential, because the old perspectives are losing their grip, ultimately making room for new ways of seeing and doing.  But it …

Libby Caes’ Homily from Easter Vigil, March 31, 2018

Holy Wisdom Monastery Homilies Leave a Comment

Easter Vigil 2018 “Living in the mystery” Genesis 1:1-2:4a, Genesis 17:15-22, Ezekiel 37:1-14, Romans 6:3-11, Mark 16:1-8   Tonight we are encased in mystery. Symbols of this mystery are everywhere. The darkness and the silence. The absence of the cross. The Easter fire and the Easter candle and the light we have shared. The baptismal font and Eucharist. The Exultant and the alleluias And creation itself, the full moon. These symbols are not ends in themselves, but mirror something much greater.   The mystery that envelopes us is not like a story written by your favorite mystery author. It is …

Lynne Smith’s Homily from Good Friday, March 30, 2018

Holy Wisdom Monastery Homilies Leave a Comment

Good Friday Reflection                                                                               March 30, 2018 John 19: 16b-30 “It is finished.” What exactly is finished? Samuel Wells of St.-Martin-in-the-Fields, London, in an essay, “Preaching Crucifixion,” (in Journal for Preachers, Vol. XXXIX No. 3 Easter 2016, pp. 2-6) guides my thoughts for this reflection. Jesus’ life and ministry are finished and the reconciliation of God and creation is finished. Wells suggest our misconceptions of who Jesus are also finished. Finished is the image of Jesus as a conquering hero. Gone are any hopes that Jesus will use his power to rout the Romans and set up his reign. Destroyed is …

Patti La Cross’ Homily from Good Friday, March 30, 2018

Holy Wisdom Monastery Homilies Leave a Comment

Peter, Peter. He was the first of those to be called, with his brother Andrew dropping his fishing nets and lumbering into discipleship. Peter is named in the Gospels nearly 200 times – far more than any of the apostles. Readers of the New Testament bump into him constantly. What’s not to admire? Maybe just because I am a middle child, I admit to being irritated by this annoying brother who has to be first. He first in blurting out acknowledgement of Jesus as the Messiah – And then immediately presumed to have a better idea for how that should …

Terry Larson’s Homily from Good Friday, March 30, 2018

Holy Wisdom Monastery Homilies Leave a Comment

Good Friday Meditation March 30, 2018 John 18: 1-11 Remember?  It happened on one of the best days of his life, a really good day. It was the day he was baptized by John. No sooner had he come up out of the water to hear the voice and see the Spirit descending upon him like a dove than it turned into something more like a hawk that drove him, not lead him, but drove him into the wilderness.  The wilderness…a place he did not choose, where he was not in control of circumstances and where there, in that barren, …

David McKee’s Homily from Good Friday, March 30, 2018

Holy Wisdom Monastery Homilies Leave a Comment

GOOD FRIDAY March 30, 2018 John 18:28-40     The Quakers have a well known saying:  Speak truth to power.   As I pondered John’s version of the encounter between Pilate and Jesus, this saying kept coming to mind.  Here is Jesus, facing the most powerful person in Jerusalem–a man known to be brutal in his dealings with the local population; a man who ordered executions on a daily basis.  Here is Jesus facing this powerful man and refusing to be drawn into a debate.  Instead, he answers Pilate’s first question with a question, like any good rabbi would do.  As …

Al Majkrzak’s Homily from March 11, 2018

Holy Wisdom Monastery Homilies Leave a Comment

Today, the fourth Sunday in Lent is called Laetare Sunday or Rose Sunday in many Christian Churches that have liturgical worship. Laetare, Latin for rejoice and Rose because penitential purple vestments were exchanged for joyful rose  In short this day is in some ways a liturgical half time in Lent; it’s a day that we can remember what the fasting and prayers and almsgiving of Lent are all about; getting ready for Easter and so we rejoice. This day, March 11 is also a perfect day for us to rejoice, because on March 11, 1953 Mother Monica Black, and Sisters …

Patti La Cross’ Homily from March 4, 2018

Holy Wisdom Monastery Homilies Leave a Comment

Like some number of you, I was raised within a  Christian and societal era that  accepted the 10 commandments as a code of conduct for raising children into morally fit adults, and to no small extent judging those who seemed to violate it. God had terrible power,  and this passage did nothing to make the Creator seem approachable.   In my later readings of  Exodus, those tablets  – given to Moses in a powerful encounter with  God – seemed to me a survival map;  a way to assure that these lost, disgruntled former slaves could make their way out of …

Joseph Wiesenfarth’s Homily from February 25, 2018

Holy Wisdom Monastery Homilies Leave a Comment

Joseph Wiesenfarth Homily:  25 February 2018 Genesis: 17:1-7, 15-16; Romans 4:13-25; Mark 8:31-38   “Satan” because he is here unwittingly an adversary or enemy of the salvation that Jesus is proc Jews, Christians, and Moslems all claim Abraham as their founding patriarch.  “In what thus is called the Abrahamic religious tradition, Abraham is the forefather of these peoples” (“Abraham,” Wikipedia).  He is for each an example of belief in and fidelity to a monotheistic deity:  Israel’s Yahweh, Christianity’s God, and Islam’s Allah.  Christians and Jews connect with Abraham thorough Isaac, his son by his wife, Sarah; Muslims connect with Abraham …