Homilies

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July 26, 2015 - 17th Sunday in Ordionary 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."

1st Reading: 2 Kings 4: 42-44Psalm: 1452nd Reading: Eph. 4: 1-6Gospel: John 6: 1-22
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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!"

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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.

1st Reading: Amos 7: 12-15Psalm: Psalm 982nd Reading: Eph. 1: 1-23Gospel: Mark 6: 1
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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.

1st Reading: Wis. 1:13-15: 2: 22-24Psalm: 302nd Reading: 01 Cor. 8: 9:13-15 Gospel: Mark 5: 21-43
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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!

1st Reading: job. 38: 1, 8-11Psalm: 1072nd Reading: 1 Cor 5: 14-17 Gospel: Mark 4: 35-41
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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.

1st Reading: Exodus 24: 3-888Psalm: 1162nd Reading: Heb 9: 11-15Gospel: Mark 14: 12-16, 22-26
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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).

1st Reading: Dt. 4: 32-4. 39-40Psalm: 332nd Reading: Romans 8: 14-17Gospel: Matt. 28: 16-20
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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.

1st Reading: Acts 2: 1-11Psalm: 1042nd Reading: 1 Cor. 12: 3-13Gospel: John 15: 26-16: 15
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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.

1st Reading: Acts 1: 1-14Psalm: 472nd Reading: Eph1:15-23Gospel: Mark 16: 14-20
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May 10, 2015 - 6th Sunday after Easter

1st Reading: Acts 1 :15-26Psalm: 1032nd Reading: 1 Jn 4: 11-16Gospel: John 17: 11b-19
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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"

1st Reading: Isaiah Psalm: 962nd Reading: Col. 3: 12-15Gospel: John 15: 1-8
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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.

1st Reading: Acts 4: 8-12Psalm: 1182nd Reading: 1 John 3: 1-2Gospel: John 15: 1-17
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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.

1st Reading: Acts 3: 13-15 17-19Psalm: Psalm 42nd Reading: 1 John 2: 1-5Gospel: Luke 24: 35-48
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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.

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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.

1st Reading: Acts 10: 34 - 43Psalm: 1182nd Reading: Romans 6:3-11Gospel: Matthew 28:1-10
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April 4, 2015 - Easter Vigil

9 Anne Maura English - the Minor Prophers. Four "minor" Minor Prophets....

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April 4, 2015 - Easter Vigil

8 Michael Kelly Isaiah. The Book is filled with dire predictions of destruction and ineffable words of soothing comfort....

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April 4, 2015 - Easter Vigil

7 Nan Ascone- Jerimniah. "And now a word from the Potter's Clay."

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April 4, 2015 - Easter Vigil

Psalms 22, 23 & 24 prefigure the death and resurrection and ascension of Jesus....

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April 4, 2015 - Easter Vigil

Willie Loman in Death of a Saleman and 1 Kings (Adonijah & Solomonn). Three men who shared a common fate - and flaw.