Wayne Sigelko’s Homily from September 9, 2018

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September 9, 2018 23rd Sunday of Ordinary Time   “Familiarity breeds contempt.”  So, goes the old saying.  And contempt doesn’t always mean a kind of disdain.  More often I think in my own life it means a lack of attentiveness-a failure to really notice things.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been walking with Nancy on our now very familiar Saturday path to the Farmers’ Market and I’ll look at a newish building and say “when did that go up?” only to have her respond “it’s only been there about 10 years now. ”   I am reminded …

Kate Stel’s Homily from August 12, 2018

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Among my very cool classmates at the University of Chicago Divinity School and my trendy coworkers at the Div School coffee shop, Grounds of Being, I freely admit I have very few claims to fame. Compared to my vegan-inclined friends, I consume enormous amounts of dairy being a Wisconsin native. I would happily wear my LL Bean hiking boots every day to work over a pair of Dansko clogs. But, shockingly, it’s the sourdough starter I grow with my roommate Gwen that my friends are interested in. Some of my friends and coworkers have asked for a share of our …

Colleen Hartung’s Homily from July 29, 2018

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5 Loaves of Barley and Two Tiny Fish Scarcity or Life Abundant? John 6: 1-21 Homily by Colleen Hartung July 29, 2018   If you are a bible miracle aficionado then today is your day!!  In the first reading from 2 Kings, Elisha commands a servant to feed 100 people with a single sack of food containing “20 loaves of barley and fresh ears of grain”.  “Thus says the Most High, ‘They shall eat and have some left.’”  And that, so the story goes, is what happened.  The Gospel reading from John 6 ups the ante.  5000 people plus women …

Paul Knitter’s Homily from June 24, 2018

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WHO’S IN CONTROL?   Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time – June 24, 2018 (Job 38:1-11; 2 Corinthians 6:1-13; Mark 4:35-41)   JOB’S QUESTION: WHY DO BAD THINGS HAPPEN TO GOOD PEOPLE? WHO’S IN CONTROL?   The first reading, from Job, sets the theme for our reflections this morning – and it’s not a very upbeat or easy theme: the problem of evil.  Our reading picks up the conversation between Job and his three friends at the point where God steps in and takes over. They had been trying to figure out why such a good guy like Job lost everything …

Wayne Sigelko’s Homily from June 17, 2018

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June 17, 2018 11th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Fathers’ Day)   Today, as I am one of those people tasked to “explain in private,” a parable used by Jesus, I have to admit that I find myself questioning Jesus’ choice of metaphors.  “With what shall we compare the reign of God?” Seriously, Jesus, and with all due respect to our friends at the National Mustard Museum just down the road a bit, the best you could come up with was a condiment?  Yes, mustard does have small seeds, and the bush that springs from one is large–those referred to here …

Patti La Cross’ Homily from June 10, 2018

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The first line of today’s Genesis tract has provided the bass line for my musings the past few weeks as I’ve listened to and dove into these readings: “They heard the sound of God walking in the garden at the time of the evening breeze.”   I believe I’ve heard that sound; and I suspect you may have also. That breath-slowing, acute awareness that we are in the presence of Life’s very source. This phrase in Genesis evokes a deep intimacy with God with humans. Creation quivers in those moments when we know God…when we are filled with such awe, …

Leora Weitzman’s homily from June 3, 2018

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Body and Blood of Christ • Ex 24:3-8, Heb 9:11-15, Mk 14:12-16, 22-26 • 6/3/18 You are not alone. That, I think, is the deepest meaning of today’s feast. You are not alone.  You are held in the safety of the strongest possible bond with God and with one another.  God has skin in the game, and God has your back.  And we are meant to be the same way with one another. In ancient times, covenants were serious business.  If two of you were making a covenant, you each cut your arm and dripped blood into a cup.  You …

David McKee’s Homily from Holy Trinity Sunday, May 27, 2018

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FEAST OF THE HOLY TRINITY May 27, 2018 Isaiah 6:1-8; Romans 8:12-17; John 3:1-17   As humans, we live in a symbolic world.  The culture that we carry within us and transmit across the generations is composed of many things, but most importantly, it is composed of symbols, encapsulated in language, visual images, music, dance, recipes, TV shows, computer games…the list is very long.  The social world we create and inhabit, and that creates and inhabits each of us through our encounters and interactions with one another, is for the most part symbolic. It is a world mostly composed of …

Jerry Folk’s Homily from Pentecost, May 20, 2018

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Pentecost May 20, 2018 Holy Wisdom Monastery   Pentecost is no doubt the least well known and understood of the Church’s three great feast days. But it’s a very important festival, especially in our time, when so many people are far more drawn to a living spirituality than to institutional religion. It is, after all, as Jesus tells us in John 6, “the Spirit who gives life.” So, for a few minutes this morning I would like us to explore together the meaning and mystery of Pentecost. Today’s reading from Acts is the classic Pentecost story. There are two scenes …

Lynne Smith’s Homily from Ascension Sunday, May 13, 2018

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Ascension Sunday – Acts 1:1-11; Eph. 4:1-13; Mk 16:15-20 May 13, 2018 Lynne Smith, OSB I find Ascension Sunday hard to get my head around. It is clear we can’t take the accounts of the ascension literally. The early Christian writers believed in a three-tiered universe. God was in heaven above; the people were in the middle on earth, and Satan was in the underworld below. We believe in an ever evolving universe fueled by and filled with divine energy. There are Christians who express their belief in Jesus by casting out demons or handling snakes. We lay hands on …