Colleen Hartung’s Homily for February 18, 2018

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Every Rainbow is Good News Mark 1:9-15 Colleen Hartung   Today’s readings are connected by a thread that takes us from Genesis with its rainbow set by God in the heavens as a promise to never again destroy the earth by a flood to The First Letter of Peter where the author claims that the catastrophic flood of Genesis, which only 8 people survive, prefigures Christian baptism to the Gospel of Mark with its baptism of Jesus and the proclamation of good news.  Collapsing this series of associations, rainbow to flood, flood to baptism, and baptism to good news would …

Paul Knitter’s Homily from February 11, 2018

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Feast of the Transfiguration 2 Kings 2: 1-12/2 Cor 4: 3-6/Mark 2:2-9 2.11.18   A.  My homilist’s assignment today is to reflect with you on the Transfiguration. Given the account in Mark’s Gospel, that’s quite a challenge.   Jesus goes up to a high mountain with three of his friends and suddenly his body starts to glow. Figures long dead suddenly appear … A voice booms from a suddenly formed cloud… and I loved this detail: His garments become “dazzling white such that no one on earth could bleach them.” That verse had a familiar ring for me, and after …

Libby Caes’ Homily from February 4, 2018

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Libby Caes Feb 4 Mark 1:29-39, Isaiah 40:21-31, I Corinthians 9:16-23   Five years ago when I realized I needed to retire my biggest fear was that I would be bored. Looking back, I am aware there was a larger existential issue: What is the meaning/value of my life when I am no longer working? Like many of you, I had invested a lot to become and be the professional that I was. What would it be like to step away from the demands and dictates and structure of my job/calling? My identity, not the fear of boredom, was the …

Paul Knitter’s Homily from January 21, 2018

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Third Sunday in Ordinary Time Jan 21, 2018 1 Sam 3:1-20; 1 Cor 7:29-31; Mark 1: 14-20   “There’s a Lot to Hear, If We Just Listen”   In the luck of the draw of readings that homilists face every Sunday, I’m not very lucky today. This Sunday’s three readings, each rich in itself, are a bit disjointed.   So allow me to do a bit of creative (that means free-wheeling) exegesis or biblical interpretation. I want to be true to the text, but not limited by the text. And my interpretative lens will be colored by my Buddhist practice. …

Leora Weitzman’s Homily from January 14, 2018

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2nd Ord • 1/14/18 • 1 Sam 1:9b-18a, 20; 1 Cor 6:12-20; John 1:35-51 • Leora Weitzman “Angels ascending and descending upon the Son of Man” is a new twist on the ancient image of Jacob’s ladder. Jacob is fleeing his rightfully angry brother and at dusk goes to sleep on the ground.  “And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven: and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it.” [Genesis 28:12]  Angels being messengers, this is an image of communication between heaven and earth.  The …

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 …