Leora Weitzman’s Homily from June 16, 2019

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Trinity Sunday • Father’s Day • Prov 8:1-4,22-31 • Rom 5:1-5 • Jn 16:12-15 • 6/16/19 I’m preaching in place of Joe Wiesenfarth, who had a schedule conflict.  I preach whenever I can because it strengthens my faith.   I know I’m not the only homilist who feels that at some point while the homily is being written, Something Happens, and the work is no longer only mine.  You may recognize this experience from something you like to do—making things, gardening, teaching, playing… As John puts it, it’s like being guided from an authority beyond one’s own.  Preparing and making …

Jim Penczykowski’s Homily from Pentecost Sunday, June 9, 2019

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“Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” -Lord Acton, 1887 This quote stands as an example of how the word power is usually understood, that is, domination. The Good News is that the power of the Holy Spirit, the Counselor, the Paraclete, the Advocate, the Comforter, is not one that dominates. It is most certainly a strong power and one that we attempt to harness at our peril. It is the Spirit of Prophecy which requires us to let go of worldly security and worldly wisdom and worldly status in favor of trusting in our relationship with Christ …

Terry Larson’s Homily from Ascension Sunday, June 2, 2019

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Ascension Sunday Homily June 2, 2019 Terry Larson   It was about this time of year. Sue & I were living in Cuba City where I was pastor of a Lutheran church and Sue was attending seminary in Dubuque, Iowa. It was a Saturday afternoon and I was trying to finish a sermon. My church office looked out on to the parsonage garage. The parsonage was close to the church… 8 feet to be exact. I was frustrated because the sermon wasn’t coming together. The Spirit seemed absent. She must have been over at St. Rose of Lima Church working …

David McKee’s Homily from May 26, 2019

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Sixth Sunday of Easter May 26, 2019 Acts 16:9-15, Revelation 21:10, 22-22:5, John 5:1-9   This morning, I’m going to begin with something of a shaggy dog story, or, more accurately I guess, a “shaggy David story.”  Not because I like to hear the sound of my own voice…well, maybe a little…but because I think my experience of creating this homily exemplifies, in some ways, the reflections on the gospel that I want to share today.  When I first read today’s Gospel passage, I thought my worst nightmare had come true:  that I had to preach on the subject of …

Patti La Cross’s Homily from May 19, 2019

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Five weeks in, we are still dwelling in the Mystery! Today we return with this tender passage to the night Jesus washed his apostles’ feet before their last meal together. We look back -as his companions did, as the evangelist did – on the life and love that culminated in the cross. Judas had just accepted his chunk of the bread Jesus broke and offered – when he left to betray him.  Then Jesus, who knew what was coming, declared that this very moment he was glorified with the God who sent him.   Striking, isn’t it? In the moment …

Leora Weitzman’s Homily from May 12, 2019

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4th Sunday of Easter • Acts 9:36-43, Rev 7:9-17, Jn 10:22-30 • May 12, 2019 About 35 years ago, I was a recent convert, spoiled by years of superb preaching at a Jesuit campus ministry.  After college, living in a small town with a very traditional church, I heard a sermon on today’s middle reading that stayed with me for all the wrong reasons.  The priest kept repeating, “washed and made white in the blood of the Lamb,” but gave no help with how to understand or apply this paradoxical and violent image.  I was disturbed and mystified. What I’ve …

Joseph Wiesenfarth’s Homily from May 5, 2019

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Joseph Wiesenfarth Homily 5.5.19 Acts 9:1-20, Revelation 5:11-14, John 21:1-19   When I drove out of Madison into Middleton one Sunday in 1974, I thought that I was going to a church, but I wasn’t. I found myself in a “center”:  St. Benedict Center.  After a brief stint some years later at another “center” —in Waunakee Village—I found myself driving to a monastery:  Holy Wisdom Monastery.  So one might say that I haven’t been to a church in 35 years.  We know, of course, that Jesus did not found a religion, but others took it upon themselves to follow his …

Steve Zwettler’s Homily for Easter Sunday, April 21, 2019

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Easter Homily April 21, 2019 Steve Zwettler   “Midwifing the Resurrection”   Once again, welcome to all of you on this Easter Sunday.  There is a wonderful old Yiddish Proverb that says:  “Before you begin speaking say a few words.”  And the few words I would like to say before I share a few thoughts on the readings and the Resurrection is this:  I invite each of you to bring to the table of Eucharist today wherever and whatever in you that needs Resurrection.  What darkness, or brokenness, or pain or suffering, or confusion or illness or death in you …

Colleen Hartung’s Homily from Holy Thursday, April 18, 2019

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Service, Friendship and the Reign of God John 13: 1-17, 31b-35 Colleen Hartung on Holy Thursday, April 18, 2019   It has been a crazy week.  There’s the tragic fire at Notre Dame.  There is the chaos around the 20th anniversary of the school shooting at Columbine.  And today, there is the The Mueller Report.  Who can blame us if our attention is scattered?  And in a way, today’s readings do not help.  We heard three iconic texts; the Passover in Exodus, the Words of Institution and John’s version of Jesus’ last meal with his disciples.  All three are key …

Jerry Folk’s Homily from Palm Sunday, April 14, 2019

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Palm/Passion Sunday April 14, 2019 Holy Wisdom Sunday Assembly   Today is Palm and Passion Sunday. We can’t reflect on all that in one homily, so this morning we’ll consider only the Palm Sunday event, Jesus  entry in the city of Jerusalem. This is a crucial event in Jesus’  life, because it’s the bridge between his earthly ministry and his passion. In their book, The Last Week, Marcus Borg and Dominic Crossan remind us that the  word passion has two meanings—a religious one and a secular one. Religiously it refers to Jesus’ suffering and death. In secular language it means …