Patti La Cross’s Homily from August 11, 2019

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  Today’s Scriptures remind us that the One we call God has been revealed to us with rich fullness of being. Awesome- and intimate, our history with God is studded with frequent surprises, tender assurances, and at times great demands for those who believe. In today’s gospel Jesus echoes God’s words to Abram  “Do not be afraid!” Who ever says that, if what follows is not unsettling?   We hear first of Abram agreeing to set out to places unknown and longing to father an heir. God promises him the star- studded heavens, and in time he has not one, …

Rex Piercy’s Homily from August 4, 2019

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Sermon for Sunday, August 4, 2019 – RICH TOWARD GOD Preached at Sunday Assembly of Holy Wisdom Monastery, Middleton, WI Texts are Luke 12:13-21 with a reference to Ecclesiastes 1:2, 12-14; 2:18-23 Here in America’s breadbasket, amid maturing fields of corn and beans and pastures filled with herds of cows, today’s Gospel passage is particularly apt. I grew up in similar farm country on western Iowa’s rolling, hilly slopes near the Missouri River. Recently I drove out to my hometown and spent a few days visiting family and preaching at a small town church where a friend is the pastor. …

Libby Caes’s Homily from July 28, 2019

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July 28, 2019 Genesis 18:20-32; Colossians 2:6-19; Luke 11:1-13   In 2015 Dave and I took a summer road trip to Quebec. Our last overnight stop was in a small town in northern Wisconsin.  I went into the motel to register and the person at the counter noticed we were from Madison. “Madtown, every time I drive through Madtown my hair stands on end. I want to get through there as fast as I can.” It was clear to me that she had labeled us and hated Madison. The urban/rural divide of Wisconsin was palpable in that motel lobby. Reading …

Terry Larson’s Homily from July 21, 2019

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The Sixth Sunday After Pentecost July 21, 2019 Terry Larson Luke 10: 38-42 In our Gospel reading from Luke, Jesus and the disciples are visiting the home of Martha and Mary. We don’t know if the women were given any lead time to prepare or whether Jesus and his followers just showed up….at dinner time.  Martha, not a person to order out or just throw something together, was working hard to get a special meal ready for these beloved guests.  She did that with the same vigor for hospitality as Abraham and Sarah receiving the three visitors at their tent …

Jody Crowley Beers’s Homily from July 20, 2019

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Homily for Oblate 20th Anniversary Liturgy by Jody Crowley Beers It is good to be here. To quote eecummings: “I THANK YOU GOD FOR MOST THIS AMAZING DAY” And it is AMAZING: 20 years since this particular oblate community began, since the Spirit moved the sisters and all of us onto a path that brought us to here and now             they invited us into their space/rule/spirituality/community/lives/values/prayer             & I don’t think anyone imagined what we would become This very special anniversary and today’s readings have2 themes running through them: Spirit: the Spirit of God that permeates and creates the …

Lynne Smith’s Homily from June 30, 2019

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Homily – Of what spirit are we made?                                                      June 30, 2019 I Kings 19:15-16, 19-21; Galatians 5:1, 13-25; Luke 9:51-62           Lynne Smith, OSB Don’t you just love James and John, the Sons of thunder? They are so overcome by their desire for revenge at being rejected by the Samaritan village that they want to blow it off the map! The power and authority Jesus gave them to preach the reign of God has gone to their heads. Jesus turns and rebukes them. I would not want to be in their shoes! Lest I’m too quick to judge them, I …

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 …