Winton Boyd’s Homily from June 12, 2022

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Trinity Sunday  June 12, 2022 Winton Boyd  Holy Wisdom Monastery Sunday Assembly  I am grateful for the chance to offer a homily today.  For all of my 23 years in Madison I have been encouraged and inspired by the ministry of Holy Wisdom.   Through retreats, events, projects and hospitality of quiet and beautiful space, this place, you sisters and the mission of this community of communities has been deeply encouraging. It is a bit unnerving to have this theme of the Holy Trinity and this text on Lady Wisdom from Proverbs on my first Sunday.   Maybe not as …

Rex Piercy’s Homily from June 5, 2022

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A Homily for the Day of Pentecost – Sunday, June 5, 2022 – Preached at Sunday Assembly of Holy Wisdom Monastery, Middleton, WI Text – Acts 2:1-21 and by proxy Genesis 11:1-9 So let me tell you a story. In some ways it’s sort of “the elephant in the room” story for today. We didn’t actually “hear” it today because in the season after Easter a reading from the book of Acts “bumps” a Hebrew Scripture passage as the first reading for each Sunday. But it really should be heard. It’s that important. Now I must confess that this story …

 Patricia La Cross’s Homily from May 15, 2022

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It is a special joy and privilege for me when the scriptures I’m assigned were inspired by encounters with the Holy Spirit. Soon after Easter I eagerly await the gift and power of Pentecost. I need to be reminded that wherever truth and love break through, freedom and healing become a possibility. No matter how things seem.  I wish for each of you present today – seated here or streamed- a full share of joy in savoring this good news. Joy is never inappropriate. We must admit that Peter’s vision is a vivid one: a lowered sheet reveals a menagerie …

David McKee’s Homily from May 8, 2022

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Fourth Sunday of Easter May 8, 2022 Acts 9:36-43 Revelation 7:9-17 John 10:22-30 Two fragments from today’s gospel: …you do not believe, because you do not belong to my sheep. My sheep hear my voice. and God and I are one. Spoken by John’s Jesus to the religious authorities, these two proclamations have been arising, persisting, and fading away in my mind, over and over in the last several weeks. What I have to say this morning, for what it’s worth, is my own thinking out loud about what they mean to me, and how I see them as related …

Alison Long’s Homily from May 1, 2022

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This is a story about Peter. And as it turns out, our story actually starts several weeks before we find Peter fishing – standing outside the courtyard of a high priest on the night Jesus has been arrested. Peter stands, warming himself at a charcoal fire among the guards and slaves of the high priest. Three times that night, he is asked whether he is a disciple of Jesus. And – we know the story – three times he denies his role as a disciple – his place in the community. From there, things unfold so quickly we sort of …

Lynne Smith’s Homily, April 30, 2022

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Holy Wisdom Monastery  Memorial Service for R. Richard (Dick) Wagner  April 30, 2022, 3 pm  Homily by Lynne Smith, OSB It won’t surprise you to know that Dick made detailed plans for his memorial service. He chose the readings and the music. He chose the pictures to be displayed and the people he wanted involved if they were available. He planned for refreshments after the service and the portrait he wanted on the program cover. As the consummate and elegant host that he was, he planned this, his final gathering, to provide for us that we might remember him and …

Jim Penczykowski’s Homily from April 24, 2022

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Most of our sisters and brothers in the Eastern Churches celebrate Easter today.  Let us be mindful of them, many of whom suffer spiritual turmoil along with physical deprivations and separation from loved ones. Our faith depends on the testimony of the first believers, Mary Magdalene, the other women, then Peter, James, and John, and others. In our passage today we hear the Gospel writer’s attempt to mark the transition from the last to see, to the rest of us. Attempts to squelch or squash or re-direct that testimony as we see in our first reading from the Acts of …

Rex Piercy’s Homily from Holy Thursday, April 14, 2022

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I’m not exactly sure why this night requires a homily because tonight is not so much about “words” as it is about “signs.” In some ways the whole service is a sign. Our readings point us in this way. Exodus spoke about the blood on the doorposts being a “sign” of God’s passing over and sparing the enslaved Hebrews from the wrath descending on the land of Egypt. In Paul’s simple words to the Corinthians we have the earliest reference in the New Testament to what we now call the “Eucharist” or “Holy Communion” and learn that bread and cup …

Steve Zwettler’s Homily from Palm Sunday, April 10, 2022

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The Cross:  A Way of Transformation Palm Sunday:  2022 By:  Steve Zwettler Each year —when the rains come—and winter reluctantly gives way to Springtime—we hear the same Mysterious and Life-giving Story.  We know it so well.  We come face to face with the brutal and bloody death of Jesus by Roman Crucifixion.  A moment in History which continues to challenge and amaze, inspire and intrigue all who take the time to look deeply. So……..What Does It Matter?  What does it mean for us Believers & Seekers right here and now?                 On a personal level……speaking just for my own spiritual …

Patti LaCross’s Homily from April 3, 2022

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The1982 German film The White Rose is set in the early 1940’s; it covers the final five days in the shining life of 21-year-old Sophia Magdalena Scholl, and her brother, Hans. Raised in a spirited Lutheran family; their father had earlier been detained for denouncing the Nazis. Hans was a popular leader in the Hitler Youth. After a stint of national service, he entered medical school at the University in Munich, and Sophie joined him. Their shared friends circle- all immersed in philosophy and theology- were outraged by the mass murders in Poland and Russia, and hearing of the rounding …