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BE PREPARED!

Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year A November 08 2020 – 10:30 AM Saint Cecilia Catholic Community Rev. David Justin Lynch Wisdom 6:6-12 | Psalm 63:2-8 I Thessalonians 4:13-19 | Matthew 25:1-13 +In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, AMEN. Many years ago, when I was a young teenager, I was a Boy Scout. Most of my memories of scouting are unpleasant, as I was always the victim of bullying and…

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A BLESSED COMMUNION IN HEAVEN AND ON EARTH

SOLEMNITY OF ALL SAINTS – YEAR A November 1, 2020 – 10:30 AM Saint Cecilia Catholic Community Deacon Sharon Kay Talley Revelation 7:2-4;9-14   | Psalm 24:1-6 I John 3:1-3 | Matthew 5:1-12 + In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, AMEN.  Today is All Saints Day, also known as All Hallows’ Day or Hallowmas’ the  Feast of All Saints and Solemnity of All Saints.  It is a Christian solemnity celebrated in honor…

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ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE

Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year A October 25, 2020 – 10:30 AM Saint Cecilia Catholic Community Rev. David Justin Lynch Exodus 22:20-25 | Psalm 18:2-4;47;51 I Thessalonians 1:5C-19 | Matthew 22:35-40 + In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen. With the hotly-contested nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court of the United States, the law has been all over the news lately. Judge Amy is a well-educated…

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TRICK QUESTIONS

Twenty-Ninth Sunday In Ordinary Time – Year A October 18, 2020, 10:30 AM Saint Cecilia Catholic Community Deacon Sharon Kay Talley Isaiah 45:1;4-6 | Psalm 96:1;3-10 I Thessalonians 1:1-5B | Matthew 22:15-21 + In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen. Have you ever been asked a trick question? A trick question is difficult to answer, because there is a trap in it, and usually the obvious answer is not the correct…

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CLOTHE YOURSELF WITH JESUS

Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year A October 11, 2020 – 10:30 AM Saint Cecilia Catholic Community Rev. David Justin Lynch Isaiah 25:6-10a | Psalm 23:1-6 Philippians 4:12-14;19-20 | Matthew 22:1-14        +In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, AMEN. Before the current pandemic, Deacon Sharon and I enjoyed inviting people to our home for dinner. On occasion, I’ve been disappointed when guests whom we’ve invited don’t show up and we…

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GOD’S VINEYARD IS FOR EVERYONE

Twenty-Seventh Sunday In Ordinary Time Year A October 04, 2020 – 10:30 AM Saint Cecilia Catholic Community Deacon Sharon Kay Talley Isaiah 5:1-7 | Psalm 80:9;13-16;19-20 Philippians 4:6-9 | Matthew 21:33-4 +In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, AMEN. Today we have another of Jesus’ parables about God’s vineyard, the one about the Wicked Tenants.  But this one is the saddest one of all.  Keep in mind that when we talk about…

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GOD LOVES THE WORST OF US

Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time September 27 2020 – 10:30 AM Saint Cecilia Catholic Community, Palm Springs CA Rev. David Justin Lynch Ezekiel 18:25-28 | Psalm 25:4-5;8-9;10,14 Philippians 2:1-5 | Matthew 21:28-32 + In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, AMEN. The conventional interpretation of the parable in today’s Gospel goes something like this. The audience Jesus was addressing were the Scribes and Pharisees who were constantly challenging him. The father is…

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EQUAL IN GOD’S SIGHT

Twenty-Fifth Sunday In Ordinary Time, Year A September 20, 2020   10:30 AM Saint Cecilia Catholic Community Deacon Sharon Kay Talley Isaiah 55:6-9 | Psalm 145:2-3;7-9;17-18 Philippians 1:20-24C;27 | Matthew 20:1-16A +In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen. Today’s Gospel from Matthew, one of Jesus’ parables, is one that is troublesome for many people, especially farmworkers and construction workers.  When the landowner pays all the workers the same wage, one denarius, equivalent…

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