Steve Zwettler’s Homily from the Feast of the Epiphany, January 7, 2018

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Steve Zwettler Homily Feast of Epiphany January 7, 2018   “Epiphany:  Seeing An Old Idea In a New Way”        I trust that all of you had a peaceful Christmas and New Year Season.  As always it is so good to gather for Eucharist.   In thinking about the feast of the Epiphany I came across a wonderful definition of the word, Epiphany, from the writings of the marvelous American poet and writer, Maya Angelou.  She writes the following:   The Word “Epiphany” probably has a million definitions.  I believe An epiphany is the occurrence where the mind, the …

David Mckee’s Homily from Christmas Day, December 25, 2017

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CHRISTMAS DAY 2017     A few months ago, when I received the assignment to preach on Christmas Day, I got pretty anxious.  The idea of coming up with something to say that was not just another cliche, drove me headlong into reading and studying a goodly number of homilies, meditations, and other reflections by famous people on the meaning of this great feast day.  I wanted this homily to be my best ever.  Actually, if I’m really honest, I wanted it to be THE best ever:  the most memorable reflection on the deep meaning of Christmas that has ever …

David McKee’s Homily from November 26, 2017

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SUNDAY OF THE FULFILLMENT November 26, 2017   Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24 Ephesians 1:15-23 Matthew 25:31-36     A little over 25 years ago, I decided to change professions.  After much rumination and conversation, I chose to forsake certain forms of imagined security and strike out into a new line of work that promised personal fulfillment, but with little foreknowledge of whether or not I would succeed in this new venture; whether, in addition to pursuing a passion, I would be any good at it, or would end up making a decent living. Shortly after making this decision, I was sitting …

Joseph Wiesenfarth’s Homily for November 19, 2017

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Joseph Wiesenfarth Homily 19 November 2017 Proverbs 31:10-31; 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11; Matthew 25: 14-30     Many of you may know that July 18th of this year was the two hundredth anniversary of Jane Austen’s death at the age of 41.  She is buried in the South aisle of Winchester cathedral, but the inscription on the tombstone makes no mention of her as a writer.  Perhaps to rectify that absence and to honor her as England’s most-read author, the Bank of England issued last September a new £10 note featuring her portrait and this quotation from Pride and Prejudice:  “I …

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 …