David McKee’s Homily from January 23, 2022

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THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME Week of Prayer for Christian Unity January 23, 2022 Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10 1 Corinthians 12:12-31a Luke 4:14-21 Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing. This assertion by Jesus is the capping statement, the climax of our scripture readings this morning.  It is also the first teaching that the adult Jesus gives as recorded in Luke’s gospel.  He gives this teaching in his hometown of Nazareth.  He goes there after two signal events:   his baptism by his cousin, John, and, after the baptism, a 40-day solitary retreat in the desert.  On that retreat, …

Roberta Felker’s Homily from January 16, 2022

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Holy Wisdom Monastery January 16, 2022 The Wedding Feast at Cana Isaiah 62:1-5; I Corinthians 12:1-11; John 2:1-11 Roberta M. Felker__________________ In 1634, the wedding at Cana was the subject of a poetry contest at Cambridge University. Students were given three hours to compose a poem in Latin, based on the wedding story.  At the end of the three hours, Richard Crashaw, known later as a metaphysical poet, handed in his paper.  Upon it, he had written one line. Translated from the Latin, it read: “The shame-faced water saw its Lord, and blushed.” Crashaw won the prize.     This morning’s readings celebrate …

Leora Weitzman’s Homily from January 9, 2022

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Baptism of Jesus • Isaiah 43:1–7 • Acts 8:14–17 • Luke 3:15–17, 21–22 • January 9, 2022 These words are for you as well; let them sink into your being. “You are my child, my Beloved; with you I am well pleased.” To picture the baptism John offered, we have to strip away our scripted church ceremonies and take our imaginations outdoors to an undeveloped streamside. We have to visualize adults brave enough to accept John’s invitation to reform their lives into a pathway, a channel, for the power and direction of God. Such a reform entails some serious letting …

Terry Larson’s Homily from December 26, 2021

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Christmas I December 26, 2021 I Samuel 2:18-20,26; Colossians 3: 12-17; Luke 2: 41-52 Blessings to all on this First Sunday After Christmas!  Today we leap from the beloved birth story of Jesus in Luke’s Gospel to the young man Jesus, age 12, teaching in the temple. What happened between Jesus’ infancy and his adolescence? We don’t have any canonical biblical stories about Jesus’ childhood.  But there are apocryphal books which contain some really unbelievable stories about the young boy Jesus. For instance in the ‘Infancy Gospel of Thomas’ one of the stories has five year old Jesus playing on …

Lynne Smith’s Homily from Christmas Eve, December 24, 2021

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Christmas Eve 2021                                                                                    Lynne Smith, OSB When I started working on this homily, I wanted to talk about how the Christmas story gives us hope. I Googled “where do we find hope at Christmas”, just to see what would come up. I was amused when Google said I could find it at Target, Walmart and Barnes and Noble. I thought “Consumerism has reached its peak.” Then I noticed Hope at Christmas is a novel, and it can indeed be purchased at Target, Walmart and Barnes and Noble if you are interested. In these days of polarization, the disruption of COVID, …

Wayne Sigelko’s Homily from December 12, 2021

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Homily for the 3rd Sunday of Advent 2021: Advent Dreams As I started preparing for this homily last Sunday evening, I took a little time just trying to settle into the season. The weeks before and after Thanksgiving had been hectic and I really hadn’t had much time to even notice, much less reflect upon the beginning of the new church year. So, upon returning from yet another commute from Madison to Boston I settled into a chair in our living room, put on some traditional Advent music, lit a candle and tried to clear a little internal space to prepare myself …

Leora Weitzman’s Homily from November 21, 2021

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Sunday of the Fulfillment • Dan 7:9–10,13–14 • Rev 1:4b–8 • John 18:33–37 • Nov 21, 2021 “Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.” This is where Pilate famously asks, “What is truth?” Jesus, for his part, has essentially been asking, “What is authority? What is a king?” The two represent contrasting views of authority, as integrity or domination. Pilate’s questions about kingship, or authority, focus on Jesus’ power relationships to other people: Are there people under your command? What are you accused of? Will your people defend you? To secure his own position, Pilate needs to …

David McKee’s Homily from November 7, 2021

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ALL SAINTS AND ALL SOULS November 7, 2021 Isaiah 25:6-9 Revelation 21:1-6a John 11:32-44 Unbind him, and let him go. As I pondered today’s readings over the last several weeks, this imperative from the lips of Jesus that closes today’s gospel text has kept coming back to me.  It has stuck in my mind.  You might say that I feel bound by it.  Or you might say that I feel bound to reflect on it.  Let’s just say it’s been a sticky business.  To make it even stickier, my friend, Bill Beers, reminded me this last week that the word …

Paul Knitter’s Homily from October 31, 2021

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October 31, 2021 Deut. 6:1-9; Heb. 9:11-14; Mark 12: 28-34 “You Can Love Because You Are Loved” This morning I’m going to do something that I resolved never to do.  I’m going to deliver a canned sermon – or at least a partially canned sermon. The reason for doing so has to do with this morning’s second reading.  As I wrestled with the complex, problematic content of the Letter to the Hebrews, I had a sense of déjà vu:  I felt that I had wrestled with this text before, in a previous sermon. Sure enough, when I searched the can …

Rex Piercy’s Homily from October 24, 2021

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Homily October 24, 2021, Ordinary 30B (Mark 10:46-52) Preached at the Sunday Assembly of Holy Wisdom Monastery, Middleton, WI on Stewardship Sunday Thomas Merton once wrote: “It has never been either practical or useful to leave all things and follow Christ. And yet it is spiritually prudent.” This week I have been wondering if this wasn’t precisely the situation the blind beggar Bartimaeus found himself in that day in Jericho when Jesus called him out on the road. But more on that a bit later. The Bartimaeus story is the last example of Jesus’ healing ministry recorded in Mark, so …