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BE MERCIFUL – YOU, TOO, CAN BE A SAINT

ALL SAINTS DAY November 01, 2015 Saint Cecilia Catholic Community Rev. Dcn. David Justin Lynch Revelations 7:2-4, 9-14 Psalm 24:1-6 1 John 1:1-3 Matthew 5:1-12A        +In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, AMEN. If you ask many people who were not raised in some variation of the Catholic tradition, what All Saints Day is, you’d likely be asked, “What’s that?” The short answer is, today is the day we honor those…

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LET JESUS OPEN YOUR EYES

THIRTIETH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR B October 25, 2015 Saint Cecilia Catholic Community Rev. Dcn. David Justin Lynch Jeremiah 31:7-9 Psalm 126:1-6 Hebrews 5:1-6 Mark 10:46-52 + In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, AMEN.        When my wife, Beeper, and I sit in front of the television watching a baseball game or the news, which is most of what we watch together, one of us may want to change the channel…

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INDEPENDENT CATHOLICS SHOULD NOT IMITATE ROMAN AUTHORITARIANISM

TWENTY-NINTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR B October 18, 2015 Saint Cecilia Catholic Community Rev. Dcn. David Justin Lynch Isaiah 53:10-11 Psalm 33:4-5;19-22 Hebrews 4:14-16 Mark 10:35-45        + In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, AMEN.        Those of us who become clergy do so for a variety of reasons. We are human. We are sinners. Because of that, not unexpectedly, some of us seek a career in the church…

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DIVORCED AND REMARRIED? JESUS DIDN’T EXCLUDE YOU FROM COMMUNION!

TWENTY-SEVENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR B October 04, 2015 Saint Cecilia Catholic Community Rev. Dcn. David Justin Lynch Genesis 2:18-24  Hebrews 2:9-11 Psalm 128 Mark 10:2-12        + In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, AMEN.        This week’s lectionary is very tempting for a preacher to condemn divorce and justify the traditional position of the Roman Church that those who divorce and remarry should not receive Holy Communion. It…

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ANGELS AMONG US

FEAST OF SAINT MICHAEL & ALL ANGELS September 27, 2015 (transferred from September 29) Saint Cecilia Catholic Community Rev. Dcn. David Justin Lynch Revelation 12:7-12 Psalm 138:1-5 Colossians 1:9-20 John 1:47-51 + In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. AMEN.        Angels are everywhere. In the Bible, angels are ubiquitous from beginning to end, from Genesis to Revelation. You may recall that when Adam and Eve left Eden, God placed an angel…

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WHO’S THE GREATEST DOESN’T MATTER. HOW YOU TREAT PEOPLE DOES!

TWENTY-FIFTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR B September 20, 2015 Saint Cecilia Catholic Community Rev. Dcn. David Justin Lynch Wisdom 2:12;17-20 Psalm 54 James 3:16-4:3 Mark 9:30-37        +In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, AMEN. Today’s gospel reading is the second of three “passion predictions” in Mark – we heard the first one last week. Jesus again said he was going to suffer and die, and like His previous prediction,…

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SCAPEGOATERS LOSE, SCAPEGOATS WIN!

TWENTY-FOURTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME September 13, 2015 Saint Cecilia Catholic Community Rev. Dcn. David Justin Lynch Isaiah 50:4-9 Psalm 116:1-9 Philippians 2:5-8 Mark 8:27-35        + In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.        Usually when we talk about the cross, it is during Lent, in the context of the approaching death of Jesus on Good Friday, to be followed by His resurrection on Easter Sunday. Tomorrow is the Feast…

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A CELEBRATION OF THE DIGNITY OF HUMAN WORK

LABOR DAY September 06, 2015 Saint Cecilia Catholic Community Rev. Dcn. David Justin Lynch Proverbs 22:1-9 Psalm 125 James 5:1-11 Matthew 20:1-16        +In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, AMEN.        Labor Day is not a liturgical holiday. It’s not on the calendar of any church. So why are we celebrating a Mass to honor it? Catholicism is based on the dignity of the human person, which includes a calling to…

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