Patty Jenkins’ Homily for April 30, 2017

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A friend of mine noted that this passage from Luke is a story about stories. The women tell a story to the men, which is deemed an idle tale, but compelling enough for a couple of the men to go check it out for themselves. Apparently Simon Peter has told a story to the eleven about Jesus appearing to him, a story we are not told. Cleopas and his companion tell their story to Jesus, who is playing the trickster by hiding himself from them. Jesus tells stories from Moses and the prophets to the two on the road. The …

New books in the library—May 2017

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Enrich your mind and spirit—visit the monastery library and discover our new books!     May 2017 May is one of my favorite months! Spring flowers are in bloom. Warmer weather (hopefully) has arrived. The evenings are longer, which means there’s more time to enjoy the outdoors. There are graduations to attend and Memorial Day weekend to savor as our summer kick-off. As part of your celebration of the month of May, attend daily prayer, stroll the nature trails, take a personal retreat, or visit the library and do some browsing. The monastery library has recently added the following books …

Joseph Wiesenfarth’s Homily, April 23, 2017

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Joseph Wiesenfarth First Sunday after Easter 23 April 2017 Acts 2:14a, 22-32; 1 Peter 1:3-9; John 20:19-31   This first Sunday after Easter has long been known as Low Sunday because in contrast to Easter Sunday it cannot possibly be as festive.  It is also less well known by the strange name of Quasimodo Sunday from the former introductory prayer of the Mass (Quasi modo geniti infants—that is, As you are newborn children), which referred to those newly baptized as well as to the Resurrection itself.  And although the apostle Thomas doesn’t quite fit into that class of person, his …

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 …

The Last Days

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It’s early April 2017 and I am approaching the final stretch of my master’s degree in scripture at Saint John’s School of Theology in Collegeville, MN. I’ve immersed myself in New Testament Greek and Old Testament Hebrew, taken theology and scripture classes, read volumes, written graduate level exegetical papers—all in preparation for this last semester of examinations. The next and last hurdle is my oral comprehensive exam, today, as I sit before a panel of professors who will probe my competence in the field of scripture and decide if I have demonstrated the level of proficiency required to have earned a …

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 …

April phenology

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By Sylvia Marek Phenology is a science focused on observing and recording biological events from year to year and their relationships to the change of seasons and climate. These are the “normal” phenology events we expect to see here and in the Madison area this month. We would love to hear about what you are seeing on the grounds of Holy Wisdom Monastery. Please comment on this post with what you are observing, where at Holy Wisdom and the date you observed the event. No month ends or begins overnight. Events can be a few weeks early or late. General …

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. …