Rex Piercy’s Homily for November 3, 2019

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The Habits of the Saints (Text is Luke 6:20-31) A sermon preached at the Sunday Assembly of Holy Wisdom Monastery, Middleton, WI, on the Feast of All Saints/All Souls, Sunday, November 3, 2019 I bring you greetings from the good people of the congregation of Hanapepe United Church of Christ on the Hawaiian island of Kauai, where I serve as the part time intentional interim minister. I came home this past Tuesday just in time for a Wisconsin Halloween snowstorm. I will be returning to Kauai in January and choosing between a Wisconsin winter and perpetual summer is not hard …

David McKee’s Homily from October 27, 2019

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October 27, 2019 Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time   Jeremiah 14:7-10, 19-22 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18 Luke 18:9-14     Being an old Catholic boy, I need to begin with a confession.  I confess that  I’m using today’s well known reading from Luke as a pretext to talk about some concerns that have been pressing in on me for some time now:  you know, some small, superficial things like loss, grief, pride, humility, denial, hope, and maybe even death.  These are all part of preaching on a subject that hasn’t been talked about all that much from this pulpit:  the …

Leora Weitzman’s Homily from October 20, 2019

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29 Ord 2019   •   Gen 32:22-31   •   2 Tim 3:14-4:5   •   Lk 18:1-8   •   Oct 20, 2019 “Beware, O traveler, for the road is walking too.” This wonderful line from Rilke resonates with the rapid and profound changes happening all around us.  The weather is behaving in new ways.  The media is utterly unlike its old self.  Government and business—if they merit two separate words any more—rewrite their own rules day by day.  The ground truly is shifting under our feet, even as we pursue our own journeys over that ground. The ground was shifting under Jacob’s feet as well.  …

Joseph Wiesenfarth’s Homily from October 6, 2019

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Homily:  6 October 2019 Joseph Wiesenfarth Habakkuk 1:1-4, 2:1-4;  2Timothy 1-14; Luke 17:5-10     Today’s readings have unpleasant tidings for the here and now.  Habakkuk has to live with his sinful contemporaries as well as with destruction and violence.  The appointed time for him is in the future, not the time of his writing.  Paul tells Timothy that he, Paul, is suffering for the gospel and needs Timothy to come to him and await the promise of life as he himself awaits it.  Jesus tells his followers who ask for a stronger faith that without it they are like …

Lynne Smith’s Homily from September 22, 2019

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Luke 16: 1-13                                                                                                Lynne Smith, OSB September 22, 2019 This parable is notoriously difficult to understand. It has long puzzled biblical scholars. At first reading, it sounds as if Jesus is commending immoral behavior. Is he saying the ends justifying the means? Is he using sarcasm? My first reaction is to take offense. It’s as if Jesus were to commend the Sakler family for transferring a billion dollars from Purdue Pharma to private accounts in order to care for themselves in the future. Instead of a commendation, my self-righteous self wants to use Amos’s words: God says, “I will never …

George Hinger’s Homily read by David McKee at George’s Memorial Service, September 21, 2019

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George was a spiritual mentor to many. We profited from his wisdom. Let us listen and learn from his words again.   George’s homily was given on the Sunday of Fulfillment (Christ the King):   In the Gospel Jesus stands before Pilate. He is on trial.  Pilate asks: “Are you the King of the Jews?” Jesus answers: “My dominion is not from this world!”  “So you are a king?” asks Pilate. “That’s what you are saying – that’s your language – But as for me I came into the world to testify to the truth. For this I was born.” …

Wayne Sigelko’s Reflection at George Hinger’s Memorial Service, September 21, 2019

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I want to begin with one minute of silence.  I’m even going to time it…  Now, I suppose some might be thinking, well that’s a pretty cheap way to begin a 3-4 minute reflection.   But, when I think of George Hinger, I can’t think of anything else we could do that would put us more in touch with his spirit.  George was devoted to the teachings of Thomas Merton and other contemplatives.  And in contemplative practice, to sit in silence is, at its heart and act of profound listening.  And no one I have ever met was a more …

Al Majkrzak’s Homily from September 8, 2019

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Wow!!!!!!!! That’s quite a gospel. …….  I have to say that I’ve got bad news and I’ve got good news this morning.  We just heard Jesus say:   “Whoever comes to me and does not hate father and mother, spouse and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and even life itself, cannot be my disciple..”  That certainly sounds like bad news.   The good news is that the bad news really isn’t bad news.  Think about it.  Is Jesus telling us that we should hate the ones we should love the most?  The answer is no.  It was a common practice …

Paul Knitter’s Homily from August 25, 2019

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Aug. 25, 2019 Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time Isaiah 58: 6-14; Heb. 12: 18-29; Luke 13: 10-17   “To Know God Is to Do Justice”   I have to start with a warning: In today’s homily, you’re getting a “twofer.”   Given the nature of today’s readings, and given my own oddities and propensities, I’m going to give two quite different sermons today, one on the second reading from the Letter to the Hebrews and the other on the first and third readings, Isaiah and Luke.   The messages of the readings from Isaiah and Luke’s Gospel are in tune …

Jerry Folk’s Homily from August 18, 2019

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August 18, 2019 Holy Wisdom, Madison, WI In today’s first reading, Jeremiah denounces the false prophets of his time. These people are not prophets of Baal like those Elijah confronted 150 years earlier. They claim to be prophets of Yahweh, the God of Israel and to have a message from Yahweh for the people.  “God is pleased with you,” they tell the people. “You are so religious. You visit the temple, you pray, you perform you daily rituals. Just keep doing what you’re doing and living like you’re living and everything will be alright.” Here is Jahweh’s message to you. …