Rev. Barbara Lundblad’s Homily from March 31, 2019

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Holy Wisdom Community, Madison, WI: March 31, 2019                                            Luke 15: 1-3. 11-32 A Wonderful Story (Except for the Party) I’m grateful to you for the invitation to preach in this beautiful space. Since you follow the lectionary cycle as we do in the Lutheran church, people in congregations across the country will hear this overly familiar story of the prodigal son. My seminary preaching professor said this text has been preached from every angle – except, perhaps, “The Abandoned Swine!” To be more relevant I tried to find some connection between this text and the release of the Mueller …

New books in the library—April 2019

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Enrich your mind and spirit–visit the monastery library! April 2019   As you celebrate Easter and the blossoming of spring foliage be thinking about how you can spread your joy of the season to others.  How about volunteering your time?  See how good it makes you feel.  Come to the monastery and enjoy daily prayer, the nature trails, or stop and browse the library’s many resources.   The monastery library recently added the following books to its collection:   Irwin, Kevin W.  Context and Text.  Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2018. Homrighausen, Jonathan.  Illuminating Justice.  Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2018. Pryce, …


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Week 26 As I head into my final weeks as a Benedictine Sojourner at Holy Wisdom Monastery, two quotes keep coming to mind. One of them is an inclusive language version of Greek philosopher Heraclitus that says, “No woman ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and she’s not the same woman.” The other is from novelist Thomas Wolfe who iconically asks, “Don’t you know you can’t go home again?” Perhaps you are sensing a theme here. There are a great many things I am unsure of at this moment, but there is one …

How justice can start from joy

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About a month ago, I had a conversation about justice for a podcast with Christina Roberts, an oblate of Holy Wisdom and pastor at foundry414, a non-denominational Christian church in Madison, WI, and Dave Schmelzer, executive director and co-founder of the Blue Ocean Faith network. This month, instead of writing a blog, I share our conversation with you. In our conversation I shared some of the relationships with people coming to the monastery from Syria, India, and Guatemala that have touched my heart. It’s entitled, How justice can start from joy. You can listen here:

New books in the library—March 2019

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Enrich your mind and spirit—visit the monastery library! March 2019   The month of March usually brings some much needed spring-like weather, which in Wisconsin translates to rain instead of snow.  This year, however, it might be prudent to have both your shovel and your umbrella handy.  So while the weather bounces back and forth between snow and rain, consider visiting the monastery for weekday prayer, spiritual guidance, or attend a program.   The monastery library recently added the following books to its collection:   Irwin, Kevin W.  Context and Text.  Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2018. Homrighausen, Jonathan.  Illuminating Justice.  …

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 …

March phenology (the awakening season)

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By Sylvia Marek   Phenology is a science focused on observing and recording biological events from year to year and their relationships to the change of seasons and climate. These are the “normal” phenology events we expect to see here and in the Madison area this month. We would love to hear about what you are seeing on the grounds of Holy Wisdom Monastery. Please comment on this post with what you are observing, where at Holy Wisdom and the date you observed the event. No month ends or begins overnight. Events can be a few weeks early or late. …

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 …

Preferring Christ

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Today begins my 23rd week as a Benedictine Sojourner. Where did the time go? In the beginning, six months seemed like forever, but the time has passed much too quickly and I feel like there is so much to say about my time here. I’ve been having some amazing and transformative experiences which is incredibly exciting, but at the same time, it has also proven to be a significant challenge to pin them down and turn them into brief, winsome blog posts on a regular and timely basis. I’ve discovered that it can be difficult to grasp and articulate the …