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ANIMALS TEACH HUMILITY AND UNCONDITIONAL LOVE

Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time / Feast of Saint Francis October 01 2017 10:30 AM Saint Cecilia Catholic Community Rev. David Justin Lynch Ezekiel 18:25-28 Psalm 25:4-9 Philippians 2:1-11 Matthew 21:28-31        + In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, AMEN.        Humility. That’s a very, very, difficult, extremely difficult, concept for humanity generally, particularly in the United States of America. Our culture communicates a message that sounds like this. “Be a…

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THE DIGNITY OF HUMAN WORK

LABOR DAY CELEBRATION September 03, 2017 Saint Cecilia Catholic Community, Palm Springs CA Rev. David Justin Lynch Sirach 38:27-32A  Wisdom 10:15-19, 20b-21 1 Corinthians 3:10-14 Matthew 6:19-24        + In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, AMEN. When I meet someone new, one of the first questions I ask is, “what sort of work do you do?” I ask that because more than anything else, our work, or lack of it, at…

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LIVING OUT OUR LOYALTY TO JESUS

August 27, 2017 Emmaus Community, Olympia, WA Rev. David Justin Lynch Isaiah 22:19-23 Psalm 138:1-3;6-8 Romans 11:33-36; Matthew 16:13-20             +In the name of God, our Father and Mother, Jesus our Redeemer, and the Holy Spirit, AMEN. At least a few of you may have come to church expecting an excoriation of the Roman Catholic Church about the mischief of Petrine Primacy.  I’m not going to go there. Instead, I will look at today’s readings on a much deeper level….

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FLESH AND SPIRIT

Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time July 09, 2017 Saint Cecilia Catholic Community, Palm Springs CA Rev. David Justin Lynch Zechariah 9:9-10  Psalm 145:1-2;8-10;14-15 Romans 8:9-11;13  Matthew 11:25-35 This past week, we celebrated the Fourth of July. For many, that was a joyous occasion to celebrate the founding of the United State of America, a time to “Rejoice greatly”. Many of you may already be familiar with at least some of the words in today’s First Reading, as you might recall…

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BE NOT AFRAID

TWELFTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME June 25, 2017 Saint Cecilia Catholic Community, Palm Springs, CA Jeremiah 20:10-13  Psalm 69:8-10,14,17,33-45  Romans 5:12-15 Matthew 10:26-33 Rev. David Justin Lynch BE NOT AFRAID Today’s reading are about fear, and how we deal with it. What exactly is fear? According to the magazine Psychology Today, fear is an emotional response induced by a perceived threat, which causes a change in brain and organ function, as well as in behavior. Fear can lead us to hide, to run…

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EASTER: THE ULTIMATE LIBERATION

Easter Sunday – Year A  April 16, 2017  Saint Cecilia Catholic Community Palm Springs CA   Acts 10:34A; 37-34 Psalm 118:1-2;6-7;21-23 Colossians 3:1-4 John 20:1-9  Rev. David Justin Lynch  + In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.  When I was growing up in the 1960’s and 70’s, the news reports were full of all kinds of reports about “liberation”. Women’s Liberation. Black Liberation. Asian Liberation. Native American Liberation. Mexican Liberation. Even Men’s…

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CHURCHES AND SECULAR POLITICS

        Some people have told me that “church should not be involved in politics”. By that, they often mean that clergy should not address controversial economic issues from the pulpit or in conversation with parishioners.  They want church to be a sterile place, devoid of anything that might disturb their ideological comfort zone. In a Christian church of any denomination, however, that is not an option. One cannot explicate the teachings of Jesus without addressing public policy issues, simply because…

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THE SAINT CECILIA CATECHISM

1. Human Nature   “What does it mean to be a human being?”  This question is followed by the personal question, “Who am I in this world?”  We ask this again and again.  And we hear a voice from deep inside us that tells us that we are more than we see.  We are part of the glory of the universe, and within the fabric of the universe there is a presence we call “God.”  God is not simply a force,…

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