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RELIGION IS ABOUT LOVE, NOT LAW ENFORCEMENT

TWENTY-SECOND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIMEAugust 30, 2015Saint Cecilia Catholic CommunityRev. Dcn. David Justin LynchDeuteronomy 4:1-2:6-8 Psalm 15:2-5 James 1:17-18;21b-22;27 Mark 7:1-8;14-15;21-23 + In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, AMEN.        What is religion? Is it a set of rules? Is it ritual? Is it what’s in a particular book or books? The short answer is, all of the foregoing. Whether one is Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, Confucian, or even if…

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CLOSED COMMUNION IS NOT HOLY COMMUNION

TWENTIETH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR B August 16, 2015 Saint Cecilia Catholic Community Rev. Dcn. David Justin Lynch Proverbs 9:1-6 Psalm 34:2-7 Ephesians 5:15-20 John 6:51-58 +In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, AMEN.        Receiving communion has always been the most important thing I do.  Throughout my life, I have almost never missed Mass. I have often gone to great lengths to get to Mass. When I was a…

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JESUS: HUMAN AND DIVINE! HOW INCREDIBLE!

NINETEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR BAugust 09 2015 Saint Cecilia Catholic Community Rev. Dcn. David Justin Lynch 1 Kings 19:4-8 Psalm 34:2-9 Ephesians 4:30-5:2 John 6:41-51 + In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, AMEN. Sometimes we hear incredible statements that astound us, that are simply not believable based on what we know. We react by thinking the person who made the statements knows more than we do, or is…

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YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT

EIGHTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME  YEAR B August 02, 2015 Saint Cecilia Catholic Community Rev. Dcn. David Justin Lynch Exodus 16:2-4;12-15  Psalm 75:3-4;23-25;54 Ephesians 4:17-24  John 6:24-35 + In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, AMEN. Have you ever made bread? I have. One mixes together flour, water, salt, sugar, oil, and yeast to make the dough. One then kneads the dough, shapes it into a loaf, and puts it into a…

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THE MEANING OF THE STORY IS WHAT’S LITERALLY TRUE

SEVENTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME July 26, 2015 Saint Cecilia Catholic Community Rev. Dcn. David Justin Lynch 2 K Kings 4:42-44 Psalm 145:10-11;15-18 Ephesians 4:1-6 John 6:1-15 + In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, AMEN.               We have all been hungry at one time or another. Every living being has experienced hunger. I am usually very hungry after Mass.  Those of us with dogs and cats as part…

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LESSONS FROM JESUS IN LEADERSHIP

SIXTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR B July 19, 2015 Saint Cecilia Catholic Community Rev. Dcn. David Justin Lynch Jeremiah 23:1-6 Psalm 23 Ephesians 2:13-18 Mark 6:30-34 + In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, AMEN.         We’ve heard relentlessly from preachers, sociologists and psychologists that humans are social animals, that we are meant to live in communities, and that aloneness is pathological. People who’ve been single for many years past…

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LEAVE YOUR EXCESS BAGGAGE BEHIND

FIFTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR B July 12, 2015 Saint Cecilia Catholic Community Palm Springs, California Rev. Dcn. David Justin Lynch Amos 7:12-15 Psalm 85:9-14 Ephesians 1:3-14 Mark 6:7-13 + In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, AMEN.         Beeper and I recently got back from a vacation that took us to Emeryville, California, Denver, Colorado, Keystone, South Dakota (where we saw Mount Rushmore), Chicago, Illinois, and Saint Louis, Missouri….

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SAFE CHURCH IS JOB ONE FOR EVERYONE

TWELFTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME June 20, 2015Church of the Beloved, Northglenn, ColoradoRev. Dcn. David Justin Lynch Job 38:1; 8-11 Psalm 107:23-26; 28-31 2 Corinthians 5:14-17 Mark 4:35-41        + In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.        For those of you who don’t know me, I am the Pastor of Saint Cecilia Catholic Community in Palm Springs, California, a place with triple-digit temperatures, very little rain, and no snow, ever….

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