David McKee’s Homily form February 28, 2021

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Second Sunday of Lent February 28, 2021 Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16 Romans 4:13-25 Mark 8:31-38 We are now about 10 days into Lent: our 40 days before the feast of Easter.  This number of days derives, of course, from the 40 days that Jesus spent alone in the desert after his baptism.   These 40 days, in turn, derive from the 40 years that Moses and the Israelites are said to have wandered in the desert after their exodus from slavery in Egypt and before their arrival in the Promised Land.  This is the period in the liturgical year in which self-denial …

Jerry Folk’s Homily from February 14, 2021

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Transfiguration (February 14, 2021) Holy Wisdom Monastery, Madison, WI Paul says in today’s reading from II Corinthians that the gospel is veiled to those who are perishing, because the God of this world blinds them to it. I understand Paul’s  phrase “God of this world” as a metaphor for the force or forces that block our awareness of the Transcendent and  confine our vision to what we might call the transactional world. I think this force is as real and as powerful today as it was when Paul wrote his letter and that this metaphor is a good name for …

Colleen Hartung’s Homily from February 7, 2021

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Homily, February 7, 2021 “You cannot be all things to all people. Be unique. Be different. Give to others what you want yourself. And do what you were made to do.” (a quote by Robert Kiyosaki – owner of a private financial education company called “Rich Dad”). “Strategy 101 is about choices: You can’t be all things to all people.” (a quote by Michael Porter – self help guru writing books about competitive advantages and strategies). “You can’t be all things to all people.” (attributed to Joseph Abboud – owner of the company “Joseph, Joseph” a purveyor of ultra-cool kitchen …

Rex Piercy’s Homily from January 31, 2021

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 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time – January 31, 2021 Mark 1:21-28 The Man with an Unclean Spirit They went to Capernaum; and when the Sabbath came, he entered the synagogue and taught. They were astounded at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes. Just then there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit, and he cried out, ‘What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are, the Holy One of God.’ But Jesus rebuked him, saying, ‘Be silent, and come out …

Leora Weitzman’s homily, Jan. 17, 2021

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2nd Ordinary Time  •   1 Sam 1:9b-18a, 20  •   1 Cor 6:12-20   •   Jn 1:35-51   •   Jan 17, 2021 You are in a cave-like holy place. Candles flicker in the stillness. Slowly, slowly, you let yourself sink down… through the layers of struts and scaffolding that held you up through the week so you could keep doing what you had to do… letting those fade away, letting yourself thaw and melt, letting feelings and longings re-emerge. That’s what the candles are for, one for each longing, many of which have no words. Let them in… let them in. And then, …

Patti La Cross’s Homily from the Baptism of Jesus, January 10, 2021

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How welcome today’s Genesis reminder that in the early telling of our ancient history with God, the people knew God in light and life, in order rather than chaos. I trust we share an eagerness for light’s return – as our days lengthen just perceptively, and as we long to see our nation move forward in truth and order, towards justice. I am grateful that today and for this liturgical year Mark is the Gospel we are given to break open. We began Advent with Mark, chapter 13, heard the opening verses the next week, and now return to it. …

Patti La Cross’ Homily from December 13, 2020

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Lest there be any doubt- as it is yet 2020- it is my privilege and purpose to announce that we areliving in the time of God’s favor! This Day it is thus incumbent upon us, with the power of the Holy Spirit, to bare out God’s desire that we bring Good News to the oppressed; uphold the brokenhearted;  comfort the many mourning, and – for God’s sake! -release the prisoners …especially now,  in this Covid surge. This is the work of the Spirit of God, and our charge! Happily, we have a full communion of saints to take point from. …

Rex Piercy’s Homily from December 6, 2020

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Rex Piercy A Meditation for the Second Sunday of Advent, December 6, 2020 Preached at Sunday Assembly of Holy Wisdom Monastery, Middleton, WI I have always considered Advent to be a season for the church insider. Out there beyond these doors it’s just December and the rush to Christmas. Outside the church Advent is little known and pretty much ignored. Out there these days from Black Friday and Cyber Monday to Christmas are often just a mad flurry of “to dos”: buy presents, even if online; write Christmas cards, or draft a single email to mass mail to your address …

Joseph Wiesenfarth’s Homily from November 29, 2020

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Joseph Wiesenfarth 29 November 2020 Isaiah 64:1-9, 1 Corinthians 3-9, Mark 13:24-37 In these fraught times, I am thinking about something they remind me of in the  past.  Once upon a time when I was about half of my present age,  I was editing a notebook of George Eliot’s with entries in seven languages, many of which were in                   German.  So I took myself off to a Goethe-Institut in Blaubeuren, then West Germany.  Classes were six hours a day, five days a week for a month.  Now Blaubeuren was famous for a large pool of very blue waters, but not …

Terry Larson’s Homily from November 22, 2020

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Sunday of the Fulfillment Sunday Assembly, Holy Wisdom Monastery, Matthew 25:31-46 November 22, 2020              In our Gospel Jesus tells us that when ‘the Son of Man’ returns and is sitting on his throne in glory …  “All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.”        The sheep are gathered on the right side of Christ—the side of approval and honor, and the goats on the left side—for condemnation.And the standard for judgment:  Christ does not ask anyone about their creeds or their …