Jerry Folk’s Homily from December 2, 2018

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December 2, 2018 (Advent I) Holy Wisdom Monastery Madison, WI These apocalyptic passages from the New Testament have never appealed to me. I don’t like their antiquated cosmology and surrealistic images, but at a deeper level I dislike them because, at this darkest time of the year, they speak and require a homilist to speak about darkness, death and the END. These are things from which all living beings instinctively recoil. This is a voice which our society seeks to drown out with seductive distractions like Black Friday and the orgy of consumption it initiates. But the Reality these readings …

Leora Weitzman’s Homily from November 25, 2018

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Sunday of the Fulfillment • Dan 7:9-10, 13-14; Rev 1:4b-8; Jn 18:33-37 • 11/25/18 “For this I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth.” Jesus’ whole life testifies to the truth of God’s love.  Wherever we look in the Gospels, Jesus is teaching, including, healing, raising up.  The power of his witness comes from his consistency, his refusal to change his message no matter the pressure or cost.  I suspect it’s the purity of his commitment that allows his healings to work.  They are not magic tricks or displays of skill.  They …

Steve Zwettler’s Homily from Jim Green’s Funeral, November 24, 2018

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FUNERAL HOMILY For:  Jim Green November 24, 2018 Holy Wisdom Monastery By:  Steve Zwettler     JIM GREEN:  A MODERN DISCIPLE   Again, welcome to all of you here today.  It is so good of so many of you coming together here at Holy Wisdom to celebrate Jim’s life and to support his family.    As all of you know, Jim made so many wonderful connections and friendships with so many from different walks of life, and he would be delighted to see all of you here today to remember him.  On behalf of Bill, Jim’s husband, and Jim’s extended …

Jerry Folk’s Homily from November 18, 2018

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Pentecost 25 (November 18, 2018) Holy Wisdom Monastery Madison, WI After reading today’s lessons, I thought “My luck has run out.” So I went to the commentaries, but found little help there. But then these texts began to open up for me, especially the reading from Hebrews. I was surprised by this, since this reading is full of references to the Jewish sacrificial system and its bloody sacrifices, a system entirely alien to us. However, it would have been was very familiar to the author’s original audience because it was at the very heart of their religion. In fact, this …

Jim Penczykowski’s Homily from November 11, 2018

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Before launching into the substance of today’s homily, I want to remind you that during next week’s liturgy we will set aside a specific time to turn in your stewardship pledge cards if you have not already done so.  Today’s reflection on the scripture might be considered contemplation on the abundance of God’s power and mercy in our lives.   Long-standing interpretation had it that today’s Gospel passage praised the poor widow for donating “all she had to live on” to the temple treasury (which in our minds we were to equate with giving our all to God). The Gospel …

Paul Knitter’s Sermon from November 4, 2018

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All Saints/All Souls Sunday Nov. 4, 2018 Isaiah 25:6-9; Revelation 21: 1-6a; John 11: 32-44   What Are We Waiting for?!   When I’m in the throes of preparing a sermon, I like to give myself at least a working title to keep myself focused. The title I’ve chose for today’s homily – appropriate, I hope, for today’s feast of All Saints and All Souls – is “What are we waiting for?!”   The first two readings are pretty clear about what we’re waiting for. Today’s first reading is taken from the section of Isaiah, chapters 24-27, called the “Little …

Colleen Hartung’s Homily from October 14, 2018

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Solidarity Sunday – October 14, 2018 Mark 10: 17-31   Over the last few weeks, the Jesus of Mark’s Gospel has been telling us over and over again that in the Reign of God, the first shall be last and the last shall be first.  In last week’s gospel, Jesus tried to make it as plain as plain can be.  In order to enter the Reign of God come as a child, the least of these; without status, without money and without claims of goodness.  But this is a hard lesson.  The disciples don’t get it.  They keep fighting over …

Joseph Wiesenfarth’s Homily from October 7, 2018

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Joseph Wiesenfarth 7 October 2018 Genesis 2:18-24, Hebrews 1:1-4, 2:5-12; Mark 10:2-16   John Mortimer, well known a decade or so ago as the creator of “Rumpole of the Bailey,” has written a splendid play called A Voyage Round My Father, which enjoyed a  successful run in London’s West End back then.  Through an accident, his father, a prominent barrister who specialized in divorce cases, lost his sight.  So he prepared his day’s arguments by having his wife read him their pertinent details on the train up to London.  Mortimer writes,  “The entire first class compartment would fall silent listening …

Lynne Smith’s Homily from September 30, 2018

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Mark 9:38-48                                                                Lynne Smith, OSB This exchange between Jesus and the disciples follows the Transfiguration and a series of teaching conversations between Jesus and the disciples. At the Transfiguration, three of the disciples catch a vision of who Jesus is in his glory. Apparently, this sets them to think about having some of that glory for themselves. Jesus calls them back to earth with the prediction of his passion. His glory is not what they think. Down the mountain, another group of disciples has been unable to cast out a demon. Jesus tells them that kind of demon can only …

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 …