Wayne Sigelko’s Homily from September 19, 2021

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Homily for Sep 19, 2021 Today’s gospel is strikingly similar to last Sunday’s.  The setting is the time after a series of stunning events-feedings of impossible numbers, healings, walking on water and for Peter, James and John, witnessing the brilliance of the transfiguration. The disciples are, to say the least, VERY impressed. They begin to understand that this Jesus is not just some rustic preacher proclaiming a message of repentance. They are beginning to suspect…even believe that they have fallen in with the long-awaited messiah, the savior of the Jewish nation prophesied by Scriptures. And they begin to “discuss” among …

Roberta Felker’s Homily from September 5, 2021

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Holy Wisdom Monastery 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time September 5, 2021 Wisdom 10: 15-18, 20-21; 11: 1-5; James 2:1-10, 14-17; Mark 7: 24-37 “Listen … and attend with the ear of your heart.” ~ Benedict of Nursia, Prologue to the Rule of Benedict The wisdom literature that is the sixth century Rule of Benedict deals with “answers to the great questions of the human condition,” as our favorite modern-day Benedictine, Joan Chittister tell us.  Listening with the ear of our heart is about listening even when we would rather not hear; it challenges us to “hear in the tongue of …

Paul Knitter’s Homily from August 29, 2021

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Hearing and Doing (Deut. 4: 1-2,6-9; James 1: 17-27; Mark 7: 1-8, 14-15, 21-23) 29 Aug 2021 As I intimated in my introductory comments, the readings today can be a homilist’s worst nightmare. Not only are they really different, they  also seem to contradict each other.   Did you notice? The author of Deuteronomy tells us: You’ve got to follow tradition! “give heed to these statutes and ordinances…neither add to or subtract from them…observe them diligently…don’t let them slip from your mind…make them known to your children and your children’s children.” But Jesus in Mark’s Gospel makes clear that Tradition is …

Colleen Hartung’s Homily from August 1, 2021

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John 6: 24-35 Homily by Colleen D. Hartung Bread and its importance to the wellbeing of human communities is a dominant image in today’s readings.  In an iconic episode from Exodus, Yahweh “rains [lifesaving] bread from heaven for the [hungry] Israelites.”  In the Gospel of John, Jesus tells the crowd who pursued him after they had eaten “their fill of loaves” when he feed the 5000, “I am the bread of life.” The actions of the people in these stories underscore the significand of bread to human life.  In fact, there is no food more universal or more essential than …

Leora Weitzman’s Homily from July 25, 2021

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17th Sun in Ordinary Time • 2 Kings 4:42-44 • Ephesians 3:14-21 • John 6:1-21 • July 25, 2021 Once upon a time there was a mighty prophet who led his people to safety right through the sea, even though it was impossible. Later he went up a mountain and brought back a just and honorable way of life. Many generations later, people told with wonder how another prophet made a little food go a long way—although mothers and cooks have been doing that since the beginning, so maybe the miracle was how well it was done by a man …

Lynne Smith’s Homily from July 11, 2021

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Solemnity of Benedict and Scholastica – July 11, 2021                        Lynne Smith, OSB Proverbs 4:7-13                                Acts 2:42-47                                      Matthew 23:8-12             The readings for today were selected especially for the Solemnity of Benedict and Scholastica. Each of them provides some background for monastic life. The Rule of Benedict, written by Benedict of Nursia, Italy, belongs to wisdom literature as does the book of Proverbs. Wisdom literature, found in many cultures, reflects on the nature of life and offers teaching and advice for living a good life. According to one commentator on Proverbs, “human wisdom is a love of reality, …

Colleen Hartung’s Homily from June 20, 2021

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Whirlwinds and Liminal crossings Mark 4: 35-41 Colleen D. Hartung Our readings today start with God speaking from the heart of a mighty whirlwind and end with Jesus calming a storm that threatens to swamp the disciple’s boat and end their lives before their ministry even begins.  In both cases, for Job and the disciples, the storm is disorienting and meant to signal the possibility of some transformation or reordering that might allow the protagonists in these stories to see their lives, their relationships, their faith and their ways of being in new ways.  As a way of considering the …

Jim Penczykowski’s Homily from June 13, 2021

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With apologies to anyone listening who knows anything about civil engineering, I  begin today reflecting on bridge-building. A bridge can take us from the known to the unknown, across ravines of misunderstanding to the firm ground of mutual appreciation for another’s perspective and vision. The Greek speaking world of St. Paul in his missionary travels put a lot of stock in persuasion. In the culture of Western Europe and North America we are accustomed to persuading others to our point of view. You can see how well that is working on our political landscape. In the culture of the Jews …

Roberta Felker’s Homily from the Feast of the Holy Trinity, May 30, 2021

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Feast of the Holy Trinity Holy Wisdom Monastery May 30, 2021 Isaiah 6:1-8; Romans 8:12-17; John 3:1-17 Roberta M. Felker “What do we pray for but the equation that helps us make sense of what happens in our daily lives? What do we believe in if not that which tells us we’re alive? “ ~ A. Van Jordan These two lines from the American poet, A. Van Jordan’s splendid collection bookend today’s reflection. What do we pray for but the equation that helps us make sense of what happens in our daily lives?  What do we believe in if not that …

Leora Weitzman’s Homily from Pentecost, May 23, 2021

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Pentecost • Acts 2:1-21 • Rom 8:22-27 • Jn 15:26-27,16:4b-15 • May 23, 2021 Alison Long’s homily right after Easter made an impression on me. Why, indeed, were most of the disciples still locked in fear in the upper room even after the news of the resurrection? Why, for that matter, am I holed up at home, now that local pandemic conditions have eased and I’m vaccinated? I think it’s because recovering from trauma takes time, and faith needs the soil of healing to take root. So here we are, weeks after the Resurrection, celebrating Pentecost. Pentecost was the Greek …