Rex Piercy’s Homily from October 18, 2020

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Meditation for October 18, 2020 preached at Sunday Assembly, Holy Wisdom Monastery, Middleton, WI (and shared at Hanapepe UCC, Kauai, Hawaii) Many of you may know that in the course of my ministerial career, I attended law school. That pursuit arose primarily out of a long-standing interest in matters of church-state relations. The recent confirmation hearing for a new Supreme Court justice has once again brought to the fore the tension between church and state in a pluralistic democratic society. So of course when this lesson from Matthew 22 appeared, I could not resist. As so often during his ministry, …

Colleen Hartung’s Homily from October 11, 2020

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Solidarity: A public yes to the invitation to stand up and be counted. Homily: Matthew 22:1-14 October 11, 2020 By Colleen D. Hartung The stated purpose of Solidarity Sunday, which was started back in 1995 by Dignity USA, is to stand against the physical, verbal, emotional and spiritual violence perpetrated against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.  And there have been advances in the 25 years since its inception; marriage equality is the law of the land, there is greater visibility for the struggle of gay, lesbian and transgender youth and we have raised a generation of young people who …

Paul Knitter’s Homily from September 27, 2020

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Paul Knitter “What He Did, He Does – in Us”             I’ve been one of those homilists who occasionally complain about having been dealt a hand of really difficult readings.  Well, I certainly have no complaints today.  You might say that I hit the homiletic jackpot this Sunday.  A Precious Text             Our second reading from Paul’s letter to the Philippians is one of the oldest, and most precious, passages in the entire New Testament. Paul wrote this letter in the mid to late 50s. But in the section we heard this morning, scholars tells us, he was quoting from …

Wayne Sigelko’s Homily from September 20, 2020

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Homily for Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020-Wayne Sigelko At first glance, there are few more pathetic and less likeable figures in the bible than Jonah in today’s first reading.  Partly, I suppose this is because of the style in which it is written.  Jonah is like the 5th century BCE version of the graphic novel.  It puts before us wonderfully dramatic and, as in today’s reading, even comic scenes.  I have a friend who loves this little book so much he takes twenty minutes every week or two to read through the Jonah story because, in his mind, it captures so …

Steve Zwettler’s Homily from September 6, 2020

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HOMILY 23RD SUNDAY OF THE YEAR SEPTEMBER6, 2020 Ezekiel 33:7-1 Romans 13:8-14 Matthew 18-15-20 N.B.  Speaking a homily is much different than writing a homily.  I do not write homilies out, but speak from an outline of notes, crafted phrases, key ideas and stories…keeping space open for spontaneity and the flow of a more natural speech pattern.  The following is a written compilation of my notes and is more a reflection of speaking than of crafted writing.  Thank you for understanding this distinction. “HEALING COMMUNITY CONFLICTS”      Painful conflicts are an inevitable part of every family, business, organization, church and …

David McKee’s Homily from August 30, 2020

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Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time August 30, 2020 Jeremiah 15:15-21 Romans 12:9-21 Matthew 16:21-28 When I received today’s gospel text, I was very happy.  It contains a message that is very close to my spiritual heart:  the instruction to give oneself away.  I thought it would be relatively easy to say something meaningful about this.  Alas, as I delved more deeply into the subject, things became more difficult.  I remembered Mr. Dumby in Oscar Wilde’s play, Lady Windermere’s Fan, when he says, ““In this world there are only two tragedies. One is not getting what one wants, and the other …

Leora Weitzman’s Homily from August 23, 2020

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21st Ordinary Time  •   Isaiah 51:1-6  •   Rom  12:1-8   •   Mt 16:13-20   •   August 23, 2020 Jesus often orders the disciples not to tell others who he is.  Why not?  Is it a secret—the Messianic secret, as scholars call it?  The story we just heard suggests that the answer has less to do with what Jesus wants people to know than with how he wants them to know it. We heard the question “Who do people say that I am?” contrasted with the question “Who do you say that I am?”  Jesus is inviting the disciples to search beyond public …

Terry Larson’s Homily from August 9, 2020

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19th Sunday in Ordinary Time August 9, 2020 I Kings 19: 9-18, Romans 10: 5-15, Matthew 14: 22-33           I love stories like the one Matthew tells in today’s Gospel.  It is an intriguing story … and that may be an understatement … because we hear about how Jesus is walking on the wind-lashed sea.  He’d dismissed the well-fed crowds, ordered the disciples into the boat, and went up to the mountain by himself to be alone in his grief at the death of his friend John and to pray.  Then early in the morning, in the midst of a …

Alison Long’s Homily from August 2, 2020

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My first thought when I read the gospel reading for today was that this whole scene is a pandemic nightmare – thousands gathered on a beach, coming from multiple towns, crowded together, sharing food? It’s too much. I had to quell a small tide of anxiety at the thought. And we know what this would look like today: half the people before Jesus wearing masks, half refusing. And we have to wonder how Jesus would handle it. Just exactly how would feeding all these people work during a pandemic? This is NOT a pandemic story. It IS a miracle story. …

Rex Piercy’s Homily from July 26, 2020

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Homily delivered at Sunday Assembly of Holy Wisdom Monastery, Middleton, WI – July 26, 2020 (Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52) Jesus is on a roll here in Matthew chapter 13. He fires off parables like some kind of comedy club stand-up shooting off one-liners. Hurling out one parable after another was clearly his all-time favorite way to teach. In fact, some scholars argue that it was really his only approach, which suits me just fine. It serves to reinforce my long-held opinion that the fourth gospel, lovely though it may be, and perhaps based loosely on events in Jesus’ life, did not …