Leora Weitzman’s Homily from November 20, 2022

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Sunday of the Fulfillment • Jer 23:1–6 • Col 1:11–20 • Lk 23:33, 34b–43 • November 20, 2022 About twenty years ago when I lived in Minneapolis, I was speeding down Highway 94 to a gathering of Madison friends, running late. And when I say speeding, I mean race-car stuff. A trooper outside Menomonie, looking devastatingly young and earnest under his Smokey hat, assured me that “ma’am, you may think you can control the vehicle at that speed, but you really can’t.” Along with a substantial ticket, I got a court date in Menomonie. And so it was that I …

Lynne Smith’s Homily from November 6, 2022

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All Saints/All Souls                                                                                      Lynne Smith, OSB Eph. 1:11-23 and Luke 6:20-31 When I saw that I would be giving the homily this Sunday, I knew the Gospel reading on All Saints/All Souls is always the Beatitudes, and I thought, “Blessed are the poor in spirit. I can preach on those.” Then when the time got closer, I actually looked at the texts assigned for today and found that the gospel was Luke’s beatitudes and woes rather than Matthew’s version. Suddenly, I was not so confident. Luke doesn’t spiritualize these as Matthew does, and Luke adds woes. Luke calls blessed those …

Paul Knitter’s Homily from October 30, 2022

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TO KNOW GOD IS TO DO JUSTICE (Isaiah 1: 10-18; 2 Thess. 1:3-4, 11-12; Lk 19: 1-10) Oct. 30, 2022             Our first and third readings today are helpful in answering a question that scholars of religions often pose:  What is distinctive of each of the world’s religions? We understand that each of the religions is a window onto the Holy Mystery that shines through all of them but that cannot be captured by any one of them. But what particular aspects of Holy Mystery does each religious tradition see?  What are the distinctive qualities of the way each experiences …

 Jim Penczykowski’s Homily from October 16, 2022

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Our Gospel writer, Luke, has Jesus continuing his journey to Jerusalem. Last week healing; this week and next week teaching through parable. Luke uses this journey to proclaim Good News to followers forty years removed from Christ Jesus’ redemptive acts. Luke’s faith communities were understandably confused by the destruction of Jerusalem in their own day and by what had become obvious: Jesus’ return in victorious glory may take a while longer than first thought. The parable today on the efficacy of prayer (found in no other Gospel account) tries to encourage believers whose confusion tempts them to doubt God’s care …

Rex Piercy’s Homily from October 9, 2022

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Homily for Solidarity Sunday, Holy Wisdom Monastery Sunday Assembly, October 9, 2022 Sometimes I think the editors/compilers of the lectionary have it in for us preachers…and all those who plan weekly worship as well. The lectionary is built, of course, for the so-called liturgical churches who feel it is compulsory to have three scripture readings and a psalm each and every week. I agree that the use of the lectionary has brought churches together ecumenically and has been a boondoggle for bulletin companies and those who produce worship materials and music.  But when one plunges into those “lections” on a …

David McKee’s Homily from October 2, 2022

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Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time October 2, 2022 Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4 2 Timothy 1:1-14 Luke 17:5-10 As I have pondered this morning’s gospel passage–in fact, as I’ve looked back over this year of Luke–a disturbing question about Luke’s Jesus has come to mind:  Why would anybody follow this guy?  If we look just at what he says outloud, we hear a teacher and leader who rarely tells us anything that we want to hear.  He doesn’t sooth us with praise or encouragement, making us feel all warm and fuzzy.  He also doesn’t appeal to our anger, envy, or resentment.  He …

Winton Boyd’s Homily from September 25, 2022

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Three texts, three versions of the tension between faithfulness and wealth.  While the message is clear, it can be uncomfortable if we REALLY take them in.   We remember that the authors and the people at the heart of these texts were- by and large – people and communities on the outs of social and imperial power; unable to access the wealth of their day.   As they question how one can be both faithful and wealthy, they reveal a deep conviction that God always preferences the poor over the wealthy.  These truths are never easy to absorb, nor should they …

Wayne Sigelko’s Homily for September 11, 2022

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Homily for Sunday, September 11, 2022 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time When I  looked at the readings for this Sunday a couple of weeks ago my first thought was about how different the images of God are as presented in our first reading from Exodus and the gospel reading from Luke. In Exodus we hear Moses pleading with an angry God to let go of wrath and destruction and spare the people of Israel who have sinned by raising up and worshiping an idol in place of the One who has brought them out of slavery.  Moses goes so far …

Patti LaCross’s Homily for September 4, 2022

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It is my fond hope that we might take from these scriptures some clarity on the ever-pressing question of how we should live in this time. But in case your brain froze at the shocking command to ‘Hate your family’, a pause for a word from some experts:Of this passage in Luke, Biblical scholar Luke Johson wrote that the Greek miseō does correctly translate to hate; It is the Greek opposite of agape, or love. Importantly, he also notes that those terms are “not expressions of emotions, but of attitudes and ways of acting; one’s effective attitude toward the Reign …

David McKee’s Homily from August 28, 2022

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22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time August 28, 2022 Proverbs 25:6-7 Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16 Luke 14:1, 7-14 While wrestling with today’s readings over the last few weeks, it suddenly hit me that Jesus went to a lot of dinner parties.  From the accounts given us in the gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke, he appears to have been a very social guy.  He was constantly getting invited to some meal or other, and quite often by people who were not too keen on him and his message; which is curious, to say the least.  And it is equally curious that he …