Jerry Folk’s Homily from Palm Sunday, April 14, 2019

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Palm/Passion Sunday April 14, 2019 Holy Wisdom Sunday Assembly   Today is Palm and Passion Sunday. We can’t reflect on all that in one homily, so this morning we’ll consider only the Palm Sunday event, Jesus  entry in the city of Jerusalem. This is a crucial event in Jesus’  life, because it’s the bridge between his earthly ministry and his passion. In their book, The Last Week, Marcus Borg and Dominic Crossan remind us that the  word passion has two meanings—a religious one and a secular one. Religiously it refers to Jesus’ suffering and death. In secular language it means …

Leora Weitzman’s Homily from March 17, 2019

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2nd Sun. Lent • Gen 15:1-12,17-18; Phil 3:17-4:1; Lk 13:31-35 • 3/11/19 When Sister Lynne sent out a request for a preaching sub, because she had a conference and wouldn’t have time to prep, the opportunity was as welcome as a life preserver.  I needed a reason to put my attention somewhere better than where it was.  I’d gotten into a vicious cycle of avoiding uncomfortable feelings by checking news on my smartphone, after which I felt even less able to face the real world.  Isn’t there something else I can check, or a game I can play?  When I …

Wayne Sigelko’s Homily from March 10, 2019

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First Sunday of Lent March 10, 2019   Lent is an ancient tradition.  It was established as a universal practice in the Church in the year 360 at the Council of Laodicea-a penitential season of 40 days in preparation for the celebration of Easter.  During Lent, we imitate Jesus’ forty-day sojourn in the desert prior to the beginning of his ministry, as described in each of the 3 Synoptic gospels.  We traditionally tell the story of this desert time on the first Sunday of Lent.   This passage from Luke is, other than the Christmas story, perhaps the one I …

Libby Caes’ Homily from March 3, 2019

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Transfiguration Sunday, 2019 March 3, 2019 Exodus 34:29-35, II Cor. 3.12-4:2, Luke 9:28-36   Does anyone know the highest point in Wisconsin? It is Timm’s Hill in Price County. Timm’s Hill is 49 feet short of 2000. If it were 2000 feet tall it could be called a mountain. But it is not.   Today’s homily could be called “A Tale of Two Mountains”. One of the mountains is 255 feet shorter than Timm’s Hill! I love the mountains; I think I inherited this love from my father. My Swiss dad grew up in Basel, a metropolitan area. He loved …

Lynne Smith’s Homily from February 10, 2019

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Homily                                                                                                            February 10, 2019 Feast of St. Scholastica                                                                             Lynne Smith, OSB We have only one story about Saint Scholastica, that of her last meeting with Benedict, her twin brother. I know many of you know the story, but I’m going to tell it again this morning because it has an important message for us. The story is found in the second book of Dialogues by Pope Gregory the Great. Within the past few decades, Gregory’s authorship of the Dialogues has been called into question. It’s possible that the Dialogues were written after Gregory’s time under his name which was common …

Leora Weitzman’s Homily from January 27, 2019

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3rd Sun. Ordinary Time • Neh 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10; 1 Cor 12:12-31a; Lk 4:14-21 • 1/27/19 All the Gospels were put together with more art than appears at first glance.  For many ancient cultures, conveying spiritual truth was a major function of storytelling and could take precedence over preserving an accurate historical record.  Each evangelist shapes the events of Jesus’ life and death to bring out something a little different.  Compared to Mark and Matthew, Luke moves Jesus’ visit to Nazareth from the middle of his ministry to the very beginning and adds the scene of his reading in the …

Paul Knitter’s Homily from January 20, 2019

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Jan. 20, 2019 Second Sunday in Ordinary Time   Isaiah 62:1-5; 1 Cor 12: 1-11; John 2:1-11.   What Are We Believing When We Say that “God Loves Us”? The topic, or the question, that I’d like to explore with you this morning can serve as the title for this sermon: What are we believing when we say that “God loves us”? That’s a question that I found myself struggling with when I pondered this morning’s first reading from Isaiah about God’s love for God’s people. I want to explain my problem, but then I want to the go on …

Roberta Felker’s Homily from the Baptism of Jesus, January 13, 2019

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Holy Wisdom Monastery The Baptism of Jesus January 13, 2019 Isaiah 43:1-7; Acts 8:14-17; Luke 3:15-17; 21-22   We think we know this Jesus and We’ve got him all pinned down. Until he gets himself baptized Like everybody else in town.   Several times a month, I stand in line with other visitors at one of our state prisons.  If it is a kitchen day, there can be 20 or more folks there: grandparents in Packer jackets, sisters and sweethearts, people in wheelchairs, moms with toddlers … often, a woman carrying her pink-vested emotional support pug, resting on a pillow.  …

Libby Caes’ Homily from the Epiphany, January 6, 2019

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Epiphany January 6, 2019 Isaiah 60:1-6, Ephesians 3:1-12, Matthew 2:1-12   This past December I took a ten day silent retreat at St. Benedict’s Monastery in Snowmass, Colorado. At breakfast on the next to the last day this was written on the message board: “Stay until you leave.” I stopped in my tracks, took a deep breath and realized I had an attitude adjustment to make. Even at breakfast I wasn’t fully present. My thoughts were turning towards the journey home and re-entering life here. I had been away from Madison for two weeks. “Stay until you leave.” I would …

Joseph Wiesenfarth’s Homily from Christmas Eve, December 24, 2018

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Joseph Wiesenfarth Homily 12.24.18 Isaiah 9:2-7, Titus 2:11-14, 3:5-7, Luke 2:1-20   I bring you a star tonight in the person of Joseph Brodsky (1940-1995).  He was exiled from the Soviet Union after spending 18 months in the bitter cold of Arkhangelsk [Ar-han-gelsk] for being a poet.  But not just for being a poet, but for answering the court’s question of why he was a poet by saying:  “I think it’s . . . from God.”  That was the right answer at the wrong time.  It got a chilling reception—a shack in Siberia, where, ironically, Brodsky was happy and immersed …