July 20, 2014 - 3rd of Summer Series
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July 13, 2014 - Second of Summer Series
July 6, 2014 - First of the Summer Series
June 22, 2014 - Corpus Christi Sunday
The Feast of the body and blood of Christ - Corpus Cristi Sunday. The homilist points out three dementions of this feast - the sacramental, the ecclesiastical, and finally the estacalogical dimension. We share in the, are are going to share in the fullness of Christ's divinity as he shares our humanity,
June 15, 2014 - Trinity Sunday
The God we see in Jesus is the Jesus who pours himself out - in steadfast faithfulness to the Father, in his love for all humanity, including us. God is three persons outpouring love for one another and for us.
June 8, 2014 - Pentecost Sunday
This is the fest of Pentecost - 50 days after Easter. As the giving of the Torah was celebrated 50 days after Passover, so the giving of the Spirit is celebrated 50 days after Easter. And although we tend to see it as a commemorative event (we celebrate what God did the PAST), it should be seen as an active celebration - God is giving the Spirit to us NOW. And keeps giving.
June 1, 2014 - Ascension
This feast recognizes and celebrates the Ascension of the Lord, but it is more of a commissioning feast than anything else. “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit…” But Jesus did not leave the apostles empty handed, “Behold I am with you always – until the end of the age.”
May 18, 2014 - 5th Sunday of Easter
Lots of lists – which do you prefer? Which command is broken most? Which do you break the most? The homilist votes for the one in today’s gospel reading: Do not let your hearts be troubled; have faith in God, and also in me.
April 27, 2014 - 2nd Sunday of Easter
April 6, 2014 - 5th Sunday of Lent
Lazarus was “pissed.” But not as pissed as he could have been had he imagined what kind of life he could have had had he not been brought back to the life he knew. The three stories in Matthew during Lent are about people who failed to think big enough.
March 16, 2014 - 2nd Sunday of Lent
The banner “What? So what? Now what?
March 2, 2014 - 8th Ordinary Sunday
2/3rds of the Sermon on Mount. The homilist recommends that we read it – Luke 5,6,7. The whole sermon. Especially this passage – God cares for us and knows what we need. Why worry about other things…
February 23, 2014 - 7th Ordinary Sunday
Some “hard to put into practice” laws Jesus gives us (in the Sermon on the Mount). “Be perfect as my heavenly father is perfect” It’s difficult because we automatically interpret the rubric as if it were English Common Law, not Covenant Law, which has mandatory maximum – to which we are to strive, even if we are not there yet…
February 16, 2014 - 6th Ordinary Sunday
"You've heard it said to our ancestors" – a circumlocution for "God said" (for instance in the 10 commandments) "but I say..." Ponder that for a while. Jesus came not to dispose of the law but to fulfill it. So that the calling is "not how much can I get away with" but "what can I accomplish."
February 9, 2014 - 5th Ordinary Sunday
"I am Matthew." The homilist assumes the role of Matthew and tells his audience about his community (who he is writing for) and about the gospel he is putting together.
February 2, 2014 - 4th Ordinary Sunday
Matthew Chapter 5 (6 & 7), the "Sermon on the Mount" – the first, longest, and perhaps the most important of the five sermons Matthew organizes his gospel around. Bless are the "poor in spirit" – what does that mean? The homilist suggests we read it, pray it, and think about it for the week.
January 26, 2014 - 3rd Ordinary Sunday
The homilist uses today to give us an outline a Matthew’s gospel – since we are going to spend the year reading this text. After the introductory narrative and the closing passion narrative, it’s divided into five books as are the five book of the Torah. The five books (sermons) are divided by five narratives common to Mark and Luke.
January 19, 2014 - 2nd Ordinary Sunday
"Behold the Lamb of God," declares John the Baptist. The Lamb of God was slain at the exact hour that the lambs were slain for the seder dinner. The "Lamb of God" also takes away the Sin of the World – which, according to the homilist, is lack of relationship – going thru the world as a monad. The solution? Relationships – especially the covenant "You will be my people and I will be your God."
January 12, 2014 - Baptism of the Lord
The homilist tries to piece together what happened to Jesus because of the baptism of John using information from all FOUR of the gospels. He concludes that something profound happened to Jesus = he begins to see that God wants him to do something besides being a good Nazarene. He doesn't know what yet, he he must do it.
January 5, 2014 - Epiphany of the Lord
The Epiphany is when God announces to the world (and to us) that ALL are welcome in His kingdom. The Magi (who come to Nazareth two years after the birth in Bethlehem) represent all of the gentiles that wanted to enter the church.