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ON CHRISTMAS EVE, JESUS, MARY AND JOSEPH WERE REFUGEES

CHRISTMAS EVE – YEAR C December 24, 2015 Saint Cecilia Catholic Community Palm Springs, CA Rev. David Justin Lynch Isaiah 9:1-6 Psalm 96:1-3;11-14 Titus 2:11-14 Luke 2:1-14           + In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, AMEN.           Refugees have received lots of publicity over the past few months. One or more of the political candidates have particularly called out those arriving from Syria and applied negative and inaccurate stereotypes to them. …

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TWO WOMEN SHARE HISTORY IN THE MAKING

FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT – YEAR C December 20, 2015 Saint Cecilia Catholic Community Rev. David Justin Lynch Micah 5:1-4A Psalm 80:2-3;15-16;18-19 Hebrews 10:5-10 Luke 1:39-45        + In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, AMEN.        Businesses, churches, and families have meetings from time to time to talk about what’s important to them. Many people, however, see meetings as wasting time that could be used getting stuff done. That is true…

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THE JOY OF REPENTANCE

THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT – YEAR C December 13, 2015Saint Cecilia Catholic Community, Palm Springs, CA Rev. David Justin Lynch Zephaniah 3:14-18 Isaiah 12:2-6; Philippians 4:4-7 Luke 3:10-18        + In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, AMEN.        Occasionally, I go to the movies. Prior to the featured film, the theaters typically show a series of trailers with excerpts from upcoming movies in the near future. The idea is to give…

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CHURCH MUST OPPOSE RELIGIOUS EXTREMISM

SECOND SUNDAY IN ADVENT – YEAR C December 06, 2015 10:30 AM Saint Cecilia Catholic Community Rev. Dcn. David Justin Lynch Baruch 5:1-9 Psalm 1:1-6 Philippians 1:4-6; 8-11  Luke 3:1-6           + In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, AMEN.           When I was in college, one of my many occupations was that of news reporter for a radio station in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Among my duties was to cover the Presidential candidates in the…

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SECOND COMING = JUSTICE AND COMPASSION

FIRST SUNDAY IN ADVENT – YEAR C November 29, 2015 Saint Cecilia Catholic Community Rev.Dcn. David Justin Lynch Jeremiah 33:14-16 Psalm 25:4-5;8-10;14 I Thessalonians 3:12-4:2 Luke 21:25-28;34-36 + In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, AMEN.        Happy New Year! No, I am not bestowing on you an early wish for a happy two thousand sixteen. I’m wishing you a happy Church New Year. Today is the First Sunday in Advent. The…

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JESUS, THE SERVANT KING

FEAST OF CHRIST THE KING – YEAR B November 22, 2015 Saint Cecilia Catholic Community Palm Springs, CA Rev. Dcn. David Justin Lynch II Chronicles 5:1-2;11-14 Psalm 150 Colossians 3:12-17  John 18:33b-37 +In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, AMEN.        When we think of kings, we think of sovereign rulers, someone in charge of a country who rules autocratically by decree. Living in a country where there is a king gives…

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“SON OF MAN” AND APOCALYPTIC LITERATURE, EXPLAINED

THIRTY-THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR B November 15, 2015 Saint Cecilia Catholic Community Rev. Dcn. David Justin Lynch Daniel 12:1-3 Psalm 16:5;5-11 Hebrews 10:11-14;18 Mark 13:24-32 + In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, AMEN.        Today’s Gospel reading is a bit scary. It’s what’s called an apocalypse, what the dictionary describes is a destruction of the world on a truly catastrophic scale.  Imagine the wind and water of Hurricane…

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GENEROSITY AND TRUST IN GOD

THIRTY SECOND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR B November 08, 2015 Saint Cecilia Catholic Community Rev. Dcn. David Justin Lynch 1 Kings 17:10-16 Psalm 146:7-10 Hebrews 9:24-28 Mark 12:38-44 + In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, AMEN.        Today’s readings are about generosity and trusting God. Western  Christianity,  both  Catholic  and  Protestant,  share  a  two thousand year history in liberating humanity from the oppression of poverty which remains a work…

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