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 …

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 …