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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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FORGIVENESS MAKES LIFE HAPPEN

Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year A September 13 2020 – 10:30 AM Saint Cecilia Catholic Community Rev. David Justin Lynch Sirach 27:30-28:7 | Psalm 103:1-4;9-12 Romans 14:7-9 | Matthew 18:21-35 +In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen. Last Sunday’s excellent homily by Deacon Sharon dealt with how we should handle people who sin against us. First, you go to that person directly and try to resolve the problem. If…

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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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