Paul Knitter’s Homily for Easter, April 16, 2017

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JESUS CONTINUES TO DO HIS THING (Acts. 10:34-43; 1Cor 5:6b-8; John 20:1-18)   This may not be the most appropriate way to begin an Easter sermon, but I have to be honest with myself and you: Scholars of the New Testament can’t really agree about just what happened on the first Easter morning.  They wrestle with two central questions, both of which, as we’ll see, are grounded in our first and third readings. Which came first, scholars ask:  1) The physical appearances of Jesus that enabled his followers to have faith in him, or 2) The enduring faith his followers …

David McKee’s Homily from Easter Vigil, April 15, 2017

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Easter Vigil 15 April 2017     Good evening everyone…and let me just say, ALLELUIA!   Don’t you just love this night?…the beauty and the elemental mystery of it all.  I think it calls for another shout-out of the A-word, which we buried on Ash Wednesday and have resurrected tonight: 1-2-3…ALLELUIA!   OK, good.  So much for “liturgy as pep rally.”  Now we have to get down to the hard stuff…and it really is hard stuff. Tonight, in our Easter celebration, if we choose to take it seriously, by taking it into our own hearts, we are brought face-to-face with …

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The power of God’s sustaining presence

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We enter into Holy Week with millions of people suffering in Syria, in South Sudan, Somalia, Yemen and so many other places in our world. As I reflected on Jesus’ suffering on the cross, I wondered what help and hope the crucifixion and resurrection gives us. I find that hope and help in the silent presence of God even in the midst of suffering. Often it is only in looking back that we can see that Presence in times of suffering. Occasionally we experience this sustaining Presence in the moment.   _______________________________  Palm Sunday/Passion Sunday homily                                         Lynne Smith, OSB …

Colleen Hartung’s Homily from April 2, 2017

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John 11: 1-44 Homily by Colleen Hartung April 2, 2017   To be honest, the story of Martha, Mary and the death and resurrection of Lazarus is not one of my favorites.  I find myself aligned with the crowd and their question, “Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man have kept this man from dying?”  And I just can’t quite wrap my mind and my heart around the idea that this family should suffer so that others might see and for the sake of glorifying God.  But, lucky for me since I had this homily to …

Patti La Cross’ Homily, March 26, 2017

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First I would like thank Lynn for replacing the scheduled reading of Samuel’s call this morning with the female prophet Huldah. I appreciate hearing of another hidden figure in the history of our faith.   Today’s Gospel story is set in a culture ruled by the sin police Jesus chose to enlighten both the blind man and all who would listen not on the origins of disability, but on the life available to those who join in his new creation. Jesus meets this man as he is, accepting him into the full mercy of God, and the community of disciples. …

Mary Gordon’s Homily, March 19, 2017

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Sermon: Woman at the Well I am always relieved when I look at the Gospel for the day I must give a sermon and find it’s one of the ones when Jesus is Lovable. He isn’t always. I don’t know what I’d do if I had to speak on the parts of the Gospel that make me want to turn away from him: when he curses the fig tree, tells the man not to bury his father, says divorce is out of the question. But today I was lucky, because I get to speak about one of my favorite Gospel …

Libby Caes’ Homily from Ash Wednesday, March 1, 2017

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Ash Wednesday, March 1 Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21   We are all social creatures. Because we are social creatures, we care what other people think of us. Two autobiographies that Dave and I recently listened to illustrate this well. The first is from An Invisible Thread:  by Laurie Schroff. The author grew up in an Italian family on Long Island. Every night Laurie and her siblings would hold their breath wondering if Dad would come home calm or fighting his demons. If he was drunk her father would abuse her mother and brother. He would break furniture and throw whatever he …

Paul Knitter’s Homily, February 19, 2017

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Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time                                                              Feb. 19, 2017     DWELLING WITHIN US – ACTING THROUGH US (Leviticus 19: 1-2, 9-18; I Cor 3:10-11,16-23; Matthew 5: 38-48)  I. MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: TO BE AS HOLY AND AS PERFECT AS GOD        A. Before I sit down to put a homily together, I try to give it a title; that helps to keep me focused on a central theme. For today’s homily, after an initial reading of today’s texts, the first title that came to mind was “Mission Impossible.”   Fearing, however, that that title might more readily elicit images of Tom Cruise …

Leora Weitzman’s Homily, February 12, 2017

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February 12, 2017 • 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time • Leora Weitzman Deuteronomy 30:15-20, 1 Corinthians 3:1-9, Matthew 5:21-37   At first hearing, this all sounds like an impossibly tall order. And Jesus sounds dismayingly harsh. And yet, I believe what we just heard is an invitation Home… to a way of being that is deeply natural and brings profound peace. It’s an invitation, as T.S. Eliot says, “through the unknown, remembered gate” … to the way we were once upon a time. Once upon a time, before we learned to judge or use anyone or anything in God’s creation, …

Libby Caes’ Homily, February 5, 2017

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February 5, 2017 Matthew 5: 13-16   Light and salt are both in great abundance in our culture. Go to Home Depot; there is a whole aisle of many different types of light bulbs. LEDs, CFLs, incandescent, fluorescent. Go to Woodman’s; salt comes in many sizes and colors and flavors. There is even low sodium salt! This abundance and variety remind me of how many different Christian denominations there are. Consider the Mennonites: there are over 100 different Mennonite association of churches. Many of them are splinter groups. Paradoxically or shamefully, a core value of Mennonites is peacemaking. I pick …