Joseph Wiesenfarth’s Homily from May 24, 2020

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Joseph Wiesenfarth Homily: Ascension Sunday, 24 May 2020 Acts 1:1-11, Ephesians 1:15-23, Matthew 28:16-20 Although I had finished my education and had already taught university level courses for two years, I thought that to teach graduate students, as I was slated to do, I should have a better grasp of contemporary British literature.   To that end I decided to take part in a six-week program at the University of London in the summer of 1964.  Consequently, I crossed the Atlantic a first time.  I booked passage on the Queen Mary for June of that year to do the deed.  The …

Leora Weitzman’s Homily from May 17, 2020

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6 Easter 2020   •   Acts 17:22-31   •   1 Peter 3:13-22   •   John 14:15-21   •   May 17, 2020 Recently someone I know said, “I’ve been thinking about faith, and how nice it would be to feel some.”  She could have taken the words right out of my mouth.  I know we are all in different places with what’s going on and in our own lives.  Personally, I’ve been under such a cloud I wondered whether I have any real faith at all. But maybe faith isn’t a feeling of security or confidence that everything will be all right.  Maybe it’s not …

Alison Long’s Homily from May 10, 2020

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I have to admit, I was hoping to draw a simpler scripture for my first homily. Maybe a parable or something really easily hopeful considering how heavy the world feels right now. But here we are. An initial reading of these three scriptures is a little grim. We start with the stoning of Stephen and then move into two scriptures that pull pretty heavily on house imagery – which probably feels more hospitable outside of our current safer at home situation, when many of us are longing to be anywhere else. Plus, we get a familiar clobber verse in John …

Jerry Folk’s Homily from May 3, 2020

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May 3, 2020 (Fourth Sunday of Easter) Holy Wisdom Sunday Assembly In today’s reading from Acts, Luke speaks about the life of the early Christian community in Jerusalem. The community, he tells us, devoted itself to four things—the apostles’ teaching, fellowship, the breaking of bread and prayer.                 Luke mentions the apostles’ teaching first, because it gives substance and form to the community’s whole life. But what was this teaching. Unlike Christian teachers today, the apostles had no doctrines or canon laws to pass on, because these things did not yet exist. They had only the story of Jesus and …

Roberta Felker’s Homily from April 26, 2020

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Holy Wisdom Monastery Acts 2: 14a, 36-41; 1 Peter 1:17-23; Luke 24:13-35 April 26, 2020 Roberta Felker             John Dominic Crossan, a leading New Testament scholar, was asked, “What do you make of the story of Cleopas on the road to Emmaus?”  Without missing a beat, Crossan replied, “The Road to Emmaus never happened.  The Road to Emmaus happens every day.”   Put differently: it’s true, whether or not it happened. We are all familiar with the Emmaus road: the road back after a loss, a death, a disappointment.  The long road back to the daily routine, the road to lower …

Wayne Sigelko’s Homily from Easter Sunday, April 12, 2020

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Easter Sunday, April 12, 2020 These last couple of weeks, I have been looking a lot at the Easter accounts found in the four gospels. In reflecting on the resurrection story found in Matthew, that was proclaimed at the Easter vigil last night, the writer and pastor Joyce Holliday offers this account of our own time: “There is much around us that is awesome and awful. We know too well the divisions and suffering that plague our world.  We have seen that the authorities today use tactics similar to those employed 2,000 years ago, and many people scheme to play …

Lynne Smith’s Homily from Easter Vigil, April 11, 2020

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April 11, 2020                                               Easter Vigil                           Lynne Smith, OSB Matthew 28:1-10,                             “He is going ahead of you”             Romans 6:3-11                     At dawn, the first day of the week, “Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb.” They went expecting to see where Jesus dead body lay. They went no doubt to mourn, to remember, to try to bring closure to this terrible event. Since they knew they would see him no more, they went to see the tomb.             These days, we can understand their feelings. Each day we wake up to see how many more have …

Al Majkrzak’s Homily from April 5, 2020

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This is a different kind of day in the life of the church; a day with a split personality. We call it Palm / (slash) Passion Sunday. Our worship today reminds us of both the good times and the bad times of Jesus. Today we remember Jesus’ entrance into Jerusalem with crowds waving palms and shouting hosanna. The event has been described as Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. We also recall today Jesus’s climb to Calvary with the shouts of crucify him coming from the same crowds.  This rapid change of circumstances must have aroused strong feelings in Jesus, which …

Jim Penczykowski’s Homily from March 29, 2020

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God be in my mind, on my lips and in my heart that I may worthily proclaim your holy gospel. I imagine most of us have never had a Lenten experience quite like this.  Five and half weeks ago on Ash Wednesday we knew we had a crisis looming.  As we live through it, our emotional rollercoaster ride has taken us on a plummeting decline that has slowed to a crawl but is still headed downhill. Most unpleasant and scary on a visceral level. I dedicate this homily to those among us with the most to fear, those who have …

Steve Zwettler’s Homily from March 22, 2020

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Sunday Assembly Homily Fourth Sunday of Lent 2020 Steve Zwettler First Streaming of Sunday Assembly Liturgy In Time of Coronavirus Pandemic Readings: Chronicles:  2:34-22-33 Ephesians:  5:8-14 John:  9:1-41 “Sight & Light”      Oh My!  What an historic and unprecedented time right now!  Universities closed, schools closed, businesses closed, churches closed, government services closed sporting events closed, the stock market diving, countries closed—-who would have thought that a month ago that we would be experiencing such social and cultural upheaval?  The Coronavirus Pandemic and social distancing have turned our lives upside—-and as we gather for Prayer—thru this gift of technology and …