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 …

February phenology

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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. General Daylight increases to 11 hours during the month The sun is higher and melts snow …

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 …

New books in the library—February 2020

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Enrich your mind and spirit–visit the monastery library! February 2020   With the distribution of ashes on Ash Wednesday, the Lenten season officially begins.  Forty days in which to reflect on our spiritual lives and prepare for Easter. Consider participating in daily prayer at the monastery or taking a walk around the grounds or find a book in the library that speaks to you.   We hope to see you soon.   The monastery library recently added the following books to its collection:   Park, Song-Mi Suzie.  2 Kings.  Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2019. Carter, Warren.  Mark.  Collegeville, MN: Liturgical …

Jerry Folk’s Homily from January 12, 2020

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January 12, 2020 (Baptism of Jesus) Holy Wisdom Monastery, Madison, WI   This morning we commemorate the baptism of Jesus, so I’d like to reflect on the story of that baptism in the Gospel of Matthew, chapter 3. In the first two chapters of Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus is an infant in a poor, homeless Jewish family, but in those chapters, Mathew reveals that this infant is God’s special agent in the world. His mission is to make the reign of God real here and now. In today’s Gospel Jesus, now a grown man, has come from Galilee to the wilderness …

January phenology

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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 in January. 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. Characteristics Coldest month Days gradually lengthen Stars are very bright on cold, clear nights Resident birds …

Lynne Smith’s Homily from the Epiphany, January 5, 2020

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Matthew 2:1-12                                                                     Epiphany – January 5, 2020 This gospel passage has special resonance with me ever since I made a retreat in 1985, during the week between Christmas and New Year’s in Concordia, KS. I had been ordained for three years and was serving my first church as assistant minister. I had begun to feel as if I had lost myself in the role of minister. I was searching for something; I wasn’t sure what. The notion came to me to make a retreat. So I registered for a personal retreat at Manna House of Prayer run by the Sisters …

What’s the point?

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Recently I popped in to Sister Barb’s office for a quick chat and maybe a bite of chocolate. As I scanned her bookshelf, this title jumped out at me: What is the Point of Being a Christian? A rather bold question, I thought, and asked to borrow the book. As I’ve gleaned so far, the answer, according to Dominican Friar Timothy Radcliffe, is Life and Freedom. He says the Christian should have a certain air of mysterious freedom that attracts people. The Christian who is truly alive lives and speaks with authenticity, hope and courage. These words challenged me. As often …

Joseph Wiesenfarth’s Homily from December 29, 2019

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Joseph Wiesenfarth Homily 12.29.2019 Isaiah 63:7-9, Hebrews 2:10-18; Mt. 2:13-23   Today’s three readings are about people being saved.  Isaiah tells us about “God’s gracious deeds,” including Israel’s being saved.  And given the season, we can appropriately add this from Isaiah, which is all about salvation getting us beyond Israel: “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be upon his shoulder and his name will be called Wonderful, Counsellor … Prince of Peace” (9:6). The epistle to the Hebrews is precisely about such a messiah.  It is written to Jews …