August 16, 2015 - 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time
The second Sunday of the great Sermon on the Euchrist. It's structured the same as the first verse and it begins and ends wiht the same words only this is about the sacrament whereas last Sunday's was about the Word. The pastor recommends that the congregation use these verses as a "lectio divina" - a good place to start a meditation.
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August 9, 2015 - 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Theis the first Sunday of the great Sermon on the Eucharist. It is like the next verse - it is structured the same with the same opening and closing words. Only this is about the Word and the strength we can draw from it.
July 26, 2015 - 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time
It is the Sunday after vacation Bible School - a "Kid's lit Sunday." The Children enact the gospel - which is from John, the story of feeding the 5,000 with two fish and 5 barley loaves and collecting the left-overs in 12 wicker baskets. In ordinary thinking, we would call this a miracle. The homilist says, according to John, this is not a miracle, but a "sign."
July 19, 2015 - 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time
The gospel is the opening of John's gospel "In the beginning was the Word..." which shows to ALL creation came with the Word. The first reading is the covenant with Noah, the FIRST covenant, before the covenant with Abraham and the great covenant with Moses. We can embrace this covenant or turns our backs on it. We alone, as the conscious part of Creation, can trash this planet like no other species. The Holy Father, in his recent Encyclical, "Laudato Si", says "Stop that!"
July 12, 2015 - 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time
"We're all in this together." The homilist recommends that you find a duck, a fish, some part of nature - and watch it. Slow down the hectic pace we are living and it will tell you that we are all praising God who is loving us all into creation.
June 28, 2015 - 13 Sunday in Ordinary time
†he homilist choose to preach on the first reading - from the book of Wisdom which was written in Greek around 150 years before Christ (the "Appocrypha", books written in Greek, are on the left side of the tabernacle in Our Altar bible). It is an attempt to reconcile Jewish theology with Greek philosophy which was language and the reasoning of culture in those days. This particular passage deals with Death.
June 21, 2015 - 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Encyclical Sunday. The much-anticipated Encyclical on the Environment (Laudato Si') by Pope Francis was released this week. The pastor spends this homily praising the work and encouraging his listener to READ it- all 65 pages of it (it's on our website - www.stvchurch.org). According to the pastor (who has read the document) The Pope lapses into poetry on occasion as well as science (the document was thoroughly vetted by scientists before it was published.) It's not a "Summer read" - it's a do it NOW!
June 7, 2015 - Corpus Christi
The Body and Blood of Christ - the last of the post Easter-season feasts. According to some contemporary theologians Christ's Body is becoming the whole of creation - the whole universe is heading to an omega point.
May 31, 2015 - Feast of the Holy Trinity
Feat of the Trinity. The Trinity if a mystery. A mystery is not unknowable - it is infinitely knowable. Our God reveals Himself in Jesus, in the Scriptures, and in our World (if we pay attention to it).
May 24, 2015 - Pentecost
Pentecost. The Spirit comes upon us all. We thank you, O Lord, for the gift of your spirit - especially the gift of this church family which was founded 175 years ago.
May 17, 2015 - Ascension
The feast of the Ascension - Jesus is taken to new life with God - as are we - and, according to contemporary theologians, all of creation. The whole nine-yeards, grass-roots and all, are evolving toward a climax with God.
May 10, 2015 - 6th Sunday after Easter
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May 3, 2015 - 5th Sunday after Easter
Justice follows peace. It was Pius XII's (the forever pope) motto. On this first Eucharist Sunday, the homilist recommends that parents teach their children the connection between Justicej and Peace. "Let us live in Justice and pray for peace"
April 26, 2015 - 4th Sunday after Easter
The pastor relate the story of how he was arrested - briefly. This is in response to the events of Mr. Gray's arrest. It can still happen. We are called upon to make our city and our world a more just place - for all of us.
April 19, 2015 - 3rd Sunday after Easter
Jesus came and "stood in their midst." They thought he was a ghost. "Touch me and see. A ghost does not have flesh and bones as you can see that I have." What are we afraid of? Not that Jesus is a ghost. Not that he is not really alive. But perhaps our fear stems from our disbelief. Help us, Lord Jesus, believe in you.
April 12, 2015 - 2nd Sunday after Easter
Our guest is Rev. Ray Martin, Chaplin at Howard Co Hospital. His brother's name is Thomas. This Sunday's gospel is about "Doubting Thomas". Thomas was "reborn" at Pentecost by the breath of the Holy Spirit. He was longer a "doubter" but a doer. We can be too. All we have to do is give up what holds us back.
April 5, 2015 - Easter
"Come to Believe the Word" This is not easy because the Good News Of God is not easy to accept. It sounds too good to be true. God loves us unconditionally. This is the good news to we must spread.
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April 4, 2015 - Easter Vigil
9 Anne Maura English - the Minor Prophers. Four "minor" Minor Prophets....
April 4, 2015 - Easter Vigil
8 Michael Kelly Isaiah. The Book is filled with dire predictions of destruction and ineffable words of soothing comfort....