Al Majkrzak’s Homily from March 11, 2018

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Today, the fourth Sunday in Lent is called Laetare Sunday or Rose Sunday in many Christian Churches that have liturgical worship. Laetare, Latin for rejoice and Rose because penitential purple vestments were exchanged for joyful rose  In short this day is in some ways a liturgical half time in Lent; it’s a day that we can remember what the fasting and prayers and almsgiving of Lent are all about; getting ready for Easter and so we rejoice. This day, March 11 is also a perfect day for us to rejoice, because on March 11, 1953 Mother Monica Black, and Sisters …

Patti La Cross’ Homily from March 4, 2018

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Like some number of you, I was raised within a  Christian and societal era that  accepted the 10 commandments as a code of conduct for raising children into morally fit adults, and to no small extent judging those who seemed to violate it. God had terrible power,  and this passage did nothing to make the Creator seem approachable.   In my later readings of  Exodus, those tablets  – given to Moses in a powerful encounter with  God – seemed to me a survival map;  a way to assure that these lost, disgruntled former slaves could make their way out of …

Joseph Wiesenfarth’s Homily from February 25, 2018

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Joseph Wiesenfarth Homily:  25 February 2018 Genesis: 17:1-7, 15-16; Romans 4:13-25; Mark 8:31-38   “Satan” because he is here unwittingly an adversary or enemy of the salvation that Jesus is proc Jews, Christians, and Moslems all claim Abraham as their founding patriarch.  “In what thus is called the Abrahamic religious tradition, Abraham is the forefather of these peoples” (“Abraham,” Wikipedia).  He is for each an example of belief in and fidelity to a monotheistic deity:  Israel’s Yahweh, Christianity’s God, and Islam’s Allah.  Christians and Jews connect with Abraham thorough Isaac, his son by his wife, Sarah; Muslims connect with Abraham …

Colleen Hartung’s Homily for February 18, 2018

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Every Rainbow is Good News Mark 1:9-15 Colleen Hartung   Today’s readings are connected by a thread that takes us from Genesis with its rainbow set by God in the heavens as a promise to never again destroy the earth by a flood to The First Letter of Peter where the author claims that the catastrophic flood of Genesis, which only 8 people survive, prefigures Christian baptism to the Gospel of Mark with its baptism of Jesus and the proclamation of good news.  Collapsing this series of associations, rainbow to flood, flood to baptism, and baptism to good news would …

Paul Knitter’s Homily from February 11, 2018

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Feast of the Transfiguration 2 Kings 2: 1-12/2 Cor 4: 3-6/Mark 2:2-9 2.11.18   A.  My homilist’s assignment today is to reflect with you on the Transfiguration. Given the account in Mark’s Gospel, that’s quite a challenge.   Jesus goes up to a high mountain with three of his friends and suddenly his body starts to glow. Figures long dead suddenly appear … A voice booms from a suddenly formed cloud… and I loved this detail: His garments become “dazzling white such that no one on earth could bleach them.” That verse had a familiar ring for me, and after …

Libby Caes’ Homily from February 4, 2018

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Libby Caes Feb 4 Mark 1:29-39, Isaiah 40:21-31, I Corinthians 9:16-23   Five years ago when I realized I needed to retire my biggest fear was that I would be bored. Looking back, I am aware there was a larger existential issue: What is the meaning/value of my life when I am no longer working? Like many of you, I had invested a lot to become and be the professional that I was. What would it be like to step away from the demands and dictates and structure of my job/calling? My identity, not the fear of boredom, was the …

Paul Knitter’s Homily from January 21, 2018

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Third Sunday in Ordinary Time Jan 21, 2018 1 Sam 3:1-20; 1 Cor 7:29-31; Mark 1: 14-20   “There’s a Lot to Hear, If We Just Listen”   In the luck of the draw of readings that homilists face every Sunday, I’m not very lucky today. This Sunday’s three readings, each rich in itself, are a bit disjointed.   So allow me to do a bit of creative (that means free-wheeling) exegesis or biblical interpretation. I want to be true to the text, but not limited by the text. And my interpretative lens will be colored by my Buddhist practice. …

Leora Weitzman’s Homily from January 14, 2018

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2nd Ord • 1/14/18 • 1 Sam 1:9b-18a, 20; 1 Cor 6:12-20; John 1:35-51 • Leora Weitzman “Angels ascending and descending upon the Son of Man” is a new twist on the ancient image of Jacob’s ladder. Jacob is fleeing his rightfully angry brother and at dusk goes to sleep on the ground.  “And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven: and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it.” [Genesis 28:12]  Angels being messengers, this is an image of communication between heaven and earth.  The …

Steve Zwettler’s Homily from the Feast of the Epiphany, January 7, 2018

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Steve Zwettler Homily Feast of Epiphany January 7, 2018   “Epiphany:  Seeing An Old Idea In a New Way”        I trust that all of you had a peaceful Christmas and New Year Season.  As always it is so good to gather for Eucharist.   In thinking about the feast of the Epiphany I came across a wonderful definition of the word, Epiphany, from the writings of the marvelous American poet and writer, Maya Angelou.  She writes the following:   The Word “Epiphany” probably has a million definitions.  I believe An epiphany is the occurrence where the mind, the …

David Mckee’s Homily from Christmas Day, December 25, 2017

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CHRISTMAS DAY 2017     A few months ago, when I received the assignment to preach on Christmas Day, I got pretty anxious.  The idea of coming up with something to say that was not just another cliche, drove me headlong into reading and studying a goodly number of homilies, meditations, and other reflections by famous people on the meaning of this great feast day.  I wanted this homily to be my best ever.  Actually, if I’m really honest, I wanted it to be THE best ever:  the most memorable reflection on the deep meaning of Christmas that has ever …