Al Majkrzak’s Homily from April 5, 2020

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This is a different kind of day in the life of the church; a day with a split personality. We call it Palm / (slash) Passion Sunday. Our worship today reminds us of both the good times and the bad times of Jesus. Today we remember Jesus’ entrance into Jerusalem with crowds waving palms and shouting hosanna. The event has been described as Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. We also recall today Jesus’s climb to Calvary with the shouts of crucify him coming from the same crowds.  This rapid change of circumstances must have aroused strong feelings in Jesus, which …

Jim Penczykowski’s Homily from March 29, 2020

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God be in my mind, on my lips and in my heart that I may worthily proclaim your holy gospel. I imagine most of us have never had a Lenten experience quite like this.  Five and half weeks ago on Ash Wednesday we knew we had a crisis looming.  As we live through it, our emotional rollercoaster ride has taken us on a plummeting decline that has slowed to a crawl but is still headed downhill. Most unpleasant and scary on a visceral level. I dedicate this homily to those among us with the most to fear, those who have …

Steve Zwettler’s Homily from March 22, 2020

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Sunday Assembly Homily Fourth Sunday of Lent 2020 Steve Zwettler First Streaming of Sunday Assembly Liturgy In Time of Coronavirus Pandemic Readings: Chronicles:  2:34-22-33 Ephesians:  5:8-14 John:  9:1-41 “Sight & Light”      Oh My!  What an historic and unprecedented time right now!  Universities closed, schools closed, businesses closed, churches closed, government services closed sporting events closed, the stock market diving, countries closed—-who would have thought that a month ago that we would be experiencing such social and cultural upheaval?  The Coronavirus Pandemic and social distancing have turned our lives upside—-and as we gather for Prayer—thru this gift of technology and …

David McKee’s Homily for March 15, 2020

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THIRD SUNDAY OF LENT March 15, 2020 Exodus 17:1-7 Romans 5:1-11 John 4:5-42 Today’s text from John’s gospel is a long and rich feast.  There is something for everyone.  For those with a literary appetite, there is the fascinating irony in the narration of the story.  Both the Samaritan woman and the disciples get stuck in a literal interpretation of what Jesus tells them about living water and about food.  As the readers of the story, we experience a little spark of satisfaction from our collusion with the narrator:  we are in on the meaning of what Jesus is saying, …

Terry Larson’s Homily from March 8, 2020

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Lent II, Holy Wisdom March 8, 2020 John 3: ff.           The season of Lent is a time for self-reflection and examination … as if we only need to do that for six weeks out of the year and not all fifty two. But we really get serious about it during this season. And in our thoughtful reflection we may be nudged by God’s Spirit to think in fresh ways which are meaningful and life-giving.           An image I came across in these Lenten days was from something Flannery O’Connor had said. Flannery O’Connor was a mid-20th century writer from …

Wayne Sigelko’s Homily from March 1, 2020

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1st Sunday of Lent 2020 The first thing that I thought when I learned that I would be preaching on the First Sunday of Lent, was that this is now my 65th Lent.  Is there a senior discount? And then, I thought, if I have had 64 Lents so far, why is there still SO MUCH work to do.  I mean, to be honest, I’ve usually taken Lent pretty seriously-forgoing for forty days, at various stages of life, beer, coffee, meat, sweets and even one Lent, swearing. I’m sure I’ve a hundred pounds and, over time, added almost everyone one …

Patti La Cross’s Homily from February 16, 2020

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In concluding his roughly 15,600-word farewell discourse, MOSES finally distills his wisdom to the clear choice and invitation that summons us each morning: LISTEN, LOOK, SEE:  LIFE calls.  WALK, oh WALK with God in God’s ways and you will live to future generations. If not, only death awaits.  In the time I spent recently with today’s readings, particularly the Gospel, I was seeking that life. This morning I’m happy to share with you what I encountered. Today’s reading from Matthew appears soon after the Beatitudes, with the Salt and Light teaching as transition.  One commentator described the Beatitudes as Jesus …

Leora Weitzman’s Homily from February 9, 2020

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5 Ord 2020   •   Is 58:1-9a   •   1 Cor 2:1-12   •   Mt 5:13-20   •   February 9, 2020 Those of us who came to Holy Wisdom as refugees from churches we found oppressive sometimes feel like a community of rebels and misfits.  We wouldn’t be here if we didn’t want to honor the Spirit of the law, but do we really have to obey every stroke of every letter?  The community of rebels and misfits gathered around Jesus may also have chafed at these words of his. What Jesus says next, however, makes clear that he is not trying to create …

Roberta Felker’s Homily from February 2, 2020

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Holy Wisdom Monastery The Beatitudes February 2, 2020 Corinthians 1:18-31; Micah 6:1-8; Matthew 5:1-12             Today’s Beatitudes, as recorded by Matthew, are probably the most famous verses of the Sermon on the Mount, and perhaps one of the most well known passages of the New Testament.  For many believers as well as non-believers, they epitomize Christianity. But as we know, being famous cuts both ways.  Biblical scholar, John Meier, speaks directly to this: “ The most dangerous passages in the Bible are the familiar ones, because we do not really listen to them. … No periscope in the Gospels is …

Colleen Hartung’s Homily from January 26, 2020

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“The ‘I want to be more like Jesus’ List” 1 Corinthians 1:10-18 and Matthew 4:12-23 Colleen D. Hartung   For anybody who watches the show Chopped on the Food Network, you know that when you get an ingredient in you basket like a fully prepared Kobe beef hamburger, you don’t’ have to use the whole thing.  You will not be eliminated for failing to use that item as long as you use one part of the fully assembled burger – the bun, the bacon or the coveted Kobe beef patty.  In today’s readings, the gospel is probably the Kobe beef …