Sunday, October 19, 2008

29th Sunday Ordinary Time 19 October 2008

This Homily (18 minutes) was given by Fr. Thomas Weise at the 11 am Mass.  "Thus says the Lord to his anointed, Cyrus..." says Isaiah about the king of Persia.  Cyrus sent the Israelites home from Babylon to Jerusalem.  He did God's will even though he was not Jewish.  Who have we discounted because they are not one of us?  "Repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God."  We understand that the Government printed the money so it is clearly not ours, but what is not God's.  Everything that I have and everything that I am is God's.  Let us instead live the Gospel with power and the Holy Spirit.

Readings: Isaiah 45:1, 4-6; Psalm 96; 1 Thessalonians 1:1-5b; Matthew 22:15-21

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

28th Sunday in Ordinary Time 12 Oct 2008

This Homily (13 minutes) was given by Fr. Thomas Weise at the 8:30 am Mass.  Let's not sing the theme song they sing in Hell, "I did it My Way."  Instead let us learn to cooperate with the building up of the Kingdom which involves being satisfied when we are well provided for or when we are in want, because "I can do all things in Christ who strengthens me," teaches Paul.

This Homily (16 minutes) was given by Deacon Charles Rohrbacher at the 11 am Mass.  Are we ready to accept the invitation of God to come to the Feast, or are we busy with other things.

Readings: Isaiah 25:6-10a; Psalm 23; Philippians 4:12-14, 19-20; Matthew 22:1-14.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

27th Sunday in Ordinary Time 5 October 2008

This Homily (22 minutes) was given by Fr. Thomas Weise at the 11 am Mass.  We are called to produce and abundant harvest in the Vineyard of the Lord.  We are reminded that we are but tenant farmer, stewards of God's bounty, not owners and we need to learn to share.  St. Paul says "Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God."  When we can live free from anxiety we are truly available to build the Kingdom of God.  Paul continues by recommending that we focus our attention and efforts on the good, the true, and the beautiful.  

Homework:  For one week, before going to bed make a list of the ten things you are grateful for each day.  I have been doing this for several years and it really helps me live free from anxiety.

Readings:  Isaiah 5:1-7; Psalm 80; Philippians 4:6-9; Mathew 21:33-43