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November 23, 2014 - Christ the King

The last Sunday of the year - the Feast ofChrist the King.   "I was hungry and you gave me food. I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you gave me gave me welcome, I was naked you gave me clothing... Lord when did we see you hungry or thirsty or naked or a stranger?  What you do for the least of my  brethren, you do for me..."  These are the disciples of Christ.

1st Reading: Ezekiel 34:11-17Psalm: 232nd Reading: 1 Corinthians 15:20-28Gospel: Matthew 25:31-46
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Video thumbnail click to play video of November 16, 2014 - 33rd Sunday Ordinary

November 16, 2014 - 33rd Sunday Ordinary

Fr. Robert Hamm substituted for the pastor who was ill today.  The gospel continues to be from Matthew - the parable about the king going on a jouney and who gives his  vassals for safe keeping 5 and 2 and 1 talents each.  The one who got five, traded and got five more; the one who got two, did a thing and got two more; the one who got one, buried his talent and gave it back intact to the master on his return. "Take the talent from him and give it to the one who has ten - and cast this man out into the darkness where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth."

1st Reading: Proverbs 31:10-31Psalm: 1282nd Reading: 1 Thessalonians 5:1-6Gospel: Matthew 25:14-30
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November 9, 2014 - 32nd Sunday Ordinary

The gospel today is the parable about the 10 virgins who waited for the bridal party - 5 wise, and 5 unwise.  The wise took care to plan ahead; the unwise did not.  So how do we stack up? Are we wise or unwise?

1st Reading: Wisdom 6:12-16Psalm: 632nd Reading: 1 Thessalonians 4: 13-18Gospel: Matthew 25: 1-13
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November 2, 2014 - All Saints/Souls

We pray for and to and with the canonized saints as well as for our loved ones who have precede us to the Lord's house.  As someone who is in authority recently said "How do I know" whether someone is in still in purgatory or is in heaven.

1st Reading: Wisdom 3:1-9Psalm: 242nd Reading: Romans 5:5-11Gospel: Matthew 5:1-12a
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October 26, 2014 - 30th Sunday Ordinary

Jesus said, "The greatest commandment is  'Love thy God with thy whole soul and mind. AND THE SECOND IS LIKE IT   'Love thy neighbor as thyself.' "  Thru a long exegesis of corresponding texts, we have confidence that this is JESUS SPEAKING.

1st Reading: Exodus 22:20-26Psalm: 182nd Reading: 1 Thessalonians 1:5c-10Gospel: Matthew 22:34-40
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October 19, 2014 - 29th Sunday Ordinary

The classic "Render to God what is God's and t0 caesar what is Caeser's," the alleged core of the doctrine of the separation of church and state. Except this isn't about church and state.  This line is a dismissal of the Pharisees and Herodians who were trying to trap Jesus   with his teaching.

1st Reading: Isaiah 45:1-6Psalm: 962nd Reading: 1 Thessalonians 1:1-5aGospel: Matthew 22:15-22
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October 5, 2014 - 27th Sunday Ordinary

The parable of the landowner whose vineyard was not doing well under the current tenants.  This parable, according to the homilist, has been universal misinterpreted and misapplied to do cruel things to the jewish people.  All of the repressive practices (except the halocaust) that forced the jews to identify themselves have their origin in Canon Law of the church.  As St. Francis of Assisi said, "This ain't right.  This isn't showing God's compassion like it ought."

1st Reading: Isaiah 5:1-7Psalm: 802nd Reading: Philippians 4:6-9Gospel: Matthew 21:33-43
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September 28, 2014 - St Vincent Feast

Today is the feast of our patron, St Vincent de Paul.  St. Vincent live from 1581 to 1660 - the years of pre-revoluition France.  It was a place very unlike our own but very pre-Revolutuion like it was well.  The rich got richer and the poor got poorer - just like today.  The French had a violent revolution about 100 years after Vincent lived.  The homilist thinks we are are verge of another revolution - like the French had - and just as violent - only this time we will not call each other names - we can toss Molotov cocktails and H Bombs at one another. Unless we take the radical steps that Jesus suggested - of looking at the poor and listening to His Words.

1st Reading: Ezekiel 18:25-32Psalm: 252nd Reading: Philippians 2:1-11Gospel: Matthew. 21:23-32
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September 21, 2014 - 25th Sunday Ordinary

The parable of the Landowner who hires worker thru out the day - and pays them all the same - the daily wage that he promised the first workers.  Is that fair - no it is not fair, but it is the way God is: He gives us each what we need, and not  what we've earned or what we deserves.

1st Reading: Isaiah 55:6-9Psalm: 1452nd Reading: Philippians 1:18b-30Gospel: Matthew 20:1-16
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September 21, 2014 - 25th Sunday Ordinary

1st Reading: Isaiah 55:6-9Psalm: 1452nd Reading: Philippians 1:18b-30Gospel: Matthew 20:1-16
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September 14, 2014 - 24th Sunday Ordinary

Sirac tells us that forgiveness is a virtue - as does Paul in his sermon to the Romans.  Jesus uses a parable to drive home a similar point -  of the forgiven servant who was not forgiving of his fellow servant.    The homilist tell us that we have two people inside us that millitant against this viture - both of whom should be stomped out.

1st Reading: Sirach 27: 30-28:9Psalm: 1032nd Reading: Romans 15: 1-13Gospel: Matthew 18: 21 - 19:1
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September 7, 2014 - 23rd Sunday Ordinary

"Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven."  There words were heard several weeks ago - but then they were addressed to Peter.  This time they are addressed to "the disciples", the larger group, the church, to us. The homilist makes a distinction between the "teaching church" and the "learning church."  But, he says, they are both us - we have both of these roles to play.

1st Reading: Ezekiel 33:7-16Psalm: 952nd Reading: Romans 13:8-10, 14:8-19Gospel: Matthew 18:15-20
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August 31, 2014 - 22nd Sunday Ordinary

"Who do you say I am".  The homilist, Fr. Mark from Nigeria, suggest that it is love that keeps us going and brings us closer to God.  That's who we think you are.....

1st Reading: Jeremiah 20:7-9Psalm: 632nd Reading: Romans 12:1-21Gospel: Matthew 16:21-27
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August 24, 2014 - 21st Sunday Ordinary

"Thou art Peter, and upon the rock I will build my church..."  A saying characteristic of Matthew who has a special affinity for Peter's ministry.  So what does it have to do which us? is there room for a Peter on this day of advanced theology?  The homilist suggests that we could do with a lost less vatican and a lost more Peter(pope).

1st Reading: Isaiah 22:15, 19-23Psalm: 1382nd Reading: Romans 11:33-36Gospel: Matthew 16:13-20
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August 17, 2014 - 20th Sunday Ordinary

Jesus is bested in debate - by a Canaanite woman.  "Even the dogs eat  of the scraps of the master's table"  "Oh great is thy faith, woman. Go. Let it be done as you have said."    

1st Reading: Isaiah 56:1,6-7Psalm: 672nd Reading: Romans 11:13-32 Gospel: Matthew 15:21-28
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August 10, 2014 - 19th Sunday Ordinary

Jesus walks on the Sea of Galalie; Elijah hears God in the quiet murmuring of the breese - two of the most dramatic stories in the Bible.  The homilist recommends that we think about/pray/imagine these stories during the week - what does the water feel like, is there a spray from the water, what are I looking at?  "Oh ye of little faith - why did you doubt?"

1st Reading: 1 Kings 19:9b-14Psalm: 852nd Reading: Romans 9:1-5Gospel: Matthew 14:22-33
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August 3, 2014 - 18th Sunday Ordinary

    We hear today  about Jesus" feeding the 5,000.  There was 12 baskets of bread left over. 12 baskets?!  That's a lot of left overs. What does it mean?  The homilist suggests that it means the God is so "with us". so absolutely for us, that He doesn't know when to quit  

1st Reading: Isaiah 55:1-3Psalm: 1452nd Reading: Romans 8:31-39Gospel: Matthew 14:13-21
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July 27, 2014 - 17th Sunday Ordinary

This is the end of the third sermon (out of five) in Matthew - the Sermon of Parables. Parables (stories) were Jesus' preferred manner of teaching.  Parable make us think, stretch to find the meaning.  What do these parable tell us today?

1st Reading: 1 Kings 3:5-12Psalm: 1192nd Reading: Romans 8:28-30Gospel: Matthew 13:44-53
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July 20, 2014 - 3rd of Summer Series

1st Reading: Genesis 2: 1-14Psalm: 1102nd Reading: 1 Peter 1:1-10Gospel: John 17:1-1
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July 13, 2014 - Second of Summer Series

1st Reading: Isaiah 61:1-3Psalm: 652nd Reading: Phillipians :1-11Gospel: John 13: 12-17