Sunday, September 28, 2008

26th Sunday in Ordinary Time 28 Sept 2008

This Homily (23 minutes) was given by Fr. Thomas Weise at the 11am Mass, using all three readings, yet focusing in on Paul's letter to the Philippians.  Paul gives us the secret to living in peace and harmony with everyone as we grow in holiness.  Do nothing out of selfishness or out of vainglory; rather humbly regard others as more important than yourselves, each looking out not for his own interests, but also for those of others.  Have in you the same attitude that is also in Christ Jesus.  Wow!  I know I fall way short of this, yet through Centering Prayer I am learning to empty myself so that God can live large in me.

Readings (Ezekiel 18:25-28, Psalm 25, Philippians 2:1-11, Matthew 21:28-32

Thursday, September 25, 2008

25th Sunday Ordinary Time 21 Sept 2008

This Homily (13 minutes) was given by Fr. Thomas Weise at the 11am Mass. In the parable of the vineyard owner all the workers are given the same daily wage no matter how late they came to work. This may get under our skin a little, but why are we envious of God's generosity. Should those who come late to the faith only get one eighth of salvation?

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Readings: Isaiah 55:6-9; Psalm 145; Philippians 1:20c-24, 27a; Matthew 20:1-16a

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Exaltation of the Holy Cross 14 Sept 2008

This Homily (18 minutes) was given by Fr. Thomas Weise at the 8:30 am Mass. Just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, so that all who look upon what injures them will be saved. Just like the alcoholic who admits they are powerless over alcohol in there life, seeks help from their higher power and joins AA receives freedom; when we look at what most injures us and invite Jesus in there no matter how shameful it may be we receive freedom and new life.

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Readings: Numbers 21:4b-9; Psalm 78; Philippians 2:6-11; John 3:13-17.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Parish Feast of the Nativity of Mary 7 Sept 2008

This Homily (14 minutes) given by Fr. Thomas Weise is a celebration of the Cathedral Parish Feast Day. We explore the real suffering and joy that Mary experienced as a young engaged mother, who gives birth to a son in a stable then flees her homeland with Joseph to protect their son as political refugees, who losses her child in the capital city, and finishes raising Jesus as a single mother after Joseph's death, then after following his public ministry closely to see him sentenced to death in his thirties. The intention is to make Mary and the Holy Family more available to us ordinary people.

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Readings: Micah 5:1-4a, Romans 8:28-30; Matthew 1:1-16, 18-23.