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CONFLICT RESOLUTION BY THE JESUS METHOD

Twenty-Third Sunday  In Ordinary Time, Year A September 6, 2020 – 10:30 AM Saint Cecilia Catholic Community, Palm Springs, CA Deacon Sharon Kay Talley Ezekiel 33:7-9 | Psalm 95:1-2;6-9 Romans 13:8-10 | Matthew 18:15-20 +In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen. The famous outburst from King Henry II, “Will no one rid me of this meddlesome priest?”  –referring to Thomas Becket, the Archbishop of Canterbury in 1170, was one of the…

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GET BEHIND JESUS

Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time August 30, 2020 – 10:30 AM Saint Cecilia Catholic Community Rev. David Justin Lynch Jeremiah 20:7-9 | Psalm 63:2-6;8-9 Romans 11:1-2 | Matthew 16:21-27 + In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, AMEN. Last Sunday, Deacon Sharon gave us a very good description of the relationship between Jesus, the Apostle Peter, and the Church. Last Sunday’s Gospel had Peter recognizing Jesus as the Messiah. Jesus rewarded him…

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JESUS, OUR FOUNDATION

 Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year A August 23, 2020 – 10:30 AM Saint Cecilia Catholic Community, Palm Springs, CA Deacon Sharon Kay Talley Isaiah 22:19-23 | Psalm 138:1-3;6,8 Romans 11:33-36 | Matthew 16:13-20 The theme of all of today’s readings from the Gospel of Matthew, Isaiah, and Romans is the Church.  In fact, Matthew 18:15-17 is one of only three places in the Gospels where the word “church” is actually mentioned. In our current time, aside from the…

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CANAANITE LIVES MATTER

Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year A August 16, 2020 – 10:30 AM Saint Cecilia Catholic Community Rev. David Justin Lynch Isaiah 56:1;6-7 | Psalm 67:2-3;5-6;8 Romans 11:13-15;29-32 | Matthew 15:21-28 + In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, AMEN. The past several election news cycles have focused on what’s called “identity politics.” What that means is that people of a particular gender, sexual orientation, religion, race, nationality, occupation, or social…

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TRUSTING IN JESUS

Nineteenth Sunday In Ordinary Time, Year A August 9, 2020 10:30 AM Saint Cecilia Catholic Community, Palm Springs, CA Deacon Sharon Kay Talley I Kings 19:9A;11-13A | Psalm 85:9-14 Romans 9:1-5 | Matthew 14:22-33 In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, AMEN.       In today’s Gospel from Matthew, we are presented with more examples of Jesus’ divinity when he walks on water and commands the winds and waves. But we also see…

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FOOD IS A HUMAN RIGHT

Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year A August 02, 2020 – 10:30 AM Saint Cecilia Catholic Community Rev. David Justin Lynch Isaiah 55:1-3 | Psalm 145:8-9;15-18 Romans 8:25;37-38 | Matthew 14:13-21 +In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen. As I stand here preaching today, over thirty-seven million people in the United States, eleven million of whom are children, are hungry.  Simply put, they are hungry because they don’t have enough…

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SEEK THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN

Seventeenth Sunday In Ordinary Time, Year A July 26, 2020 – 10:30 AM Saint Cecilia Catholic Community Deacon Sharon Kay Talley I Kings 3:5,7-12 | Psalm 119:57,72,76-77;127-130 Romans 8:28-30 | Matthew 13:44-52 +In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen. There is a story I’d like to share with you today about a wise woman who was traveling in the mountains.  She stumbled upon a precious stone in a stream.  The next…

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GOD DOES NOT CANCEL US

Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time July 19, 2020 – 10:30 AM Saint Cecilia Catholic Community Rev. David Justin Lynch Wisdom 12:13;16-19 | Psalm 86:5-6;9-10-15-16 Romans 8:25-27 | Matthew 13:24-30 +In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, AMEN. You’ve probably heard the aphorism, “Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater,” which means that something good is eliminated when trying to get rid of something bad, or in other words, rejecting the favorable…

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