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BE A MONSTRANCE TO THE WORLD!

FEAST OF CORPUS CHRISTI June 07, 2015 St. Cecilia Catholic Community Rev. Dcn. David Justin Lynch Exodus 16:2-15;31-34. Psalm: 105:23-24;37-42 Cor: 10:16-17. Gospel: John 6:41-56 + In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, AMEN. A few years ago, right here in Palm Springs, I had an encounter with a sidewalk  evangelist who saw the cross on my shirt-collar and asked if I was a Christian. I said “Yes”. He then asked me,…

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THE TRINITY EXPLAINED – IN ORDINARY EARTHLING LANGUAGE

TRINITY SUNDAY – YEAR B May 31, 2015 Saint Cecilia Catholic Community Rev. Dcn. David Justin Lynch Deuteronomy 4:32-34; 39-40 Psalm 33:4-6; 9; 18-20; 22 Romans 8:14-17 Matthew 28:16-20        + In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.        That sounds very appropriate for Trinity Sunday, doesn’t it? I begin my homilies that way because being a Trinitarian Christian is important to me.  Not all Christians are Trinitarian. Our Unitarian sisters…

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THE HOLY SPIRIT IS FEMALE!

PENTECOST May 24, 2015 Saint Cecilia Catholic Community, Palm Springs, CA Rev. Dcn. David Justin Lynch Acts 2:1-11 Psalm 104:1, 24, 29-31, 34 Galatians 5:16-25 John 15:26-27; 16:12-15 + In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, AMEN. The Greek New Testament uses the word “pneuma” hundreds of times. Its usual meaning is “spirit”, but it can also mean “breath” or “wind.” That is what Jesus was describing when He said that the apostles…

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JESUS ASCENDED BUT IS STILL WITH US

SOLEMNITY OF THE ASCENSION May 17, 2015 Saint Cecilia Catholic Community Reverend Deacon David Justin Lynch Acts 1:1-11 Psalm 47:2-3;6-9 Ephesians 1:17-23 Mark 16:15-20         +In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.         In the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries, a debate raged within the Church of England over whether Jesus was present in the Bread and Wine at the Eucharist. To give you some background, the Church of England, also known as…

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THE STRENGTH OF A MOTHER’S LOVE

SIXTH SUNDAY OF EASTER – MOTHER’S DAY May 10, 2015 Saint Cecilia Catholic Community, Palm Springs, CA Reverend Deacon David Justin Lynch Wisdom 3:1-9 Psalm 27:1-6 I John 4:7-10 John 15:9-17          + In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, AMEN.          Mother’s Day is a challenge for preachers. Not only is it not a feast in the liturgical calendar, but it raises pastoral issues. Some people…

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JESUS THE VINE, WE THE BRANCHES TO BEAR THE FRUIT OF LOVE

FIFTH SUNDAY OF EASTER May 03, 2015 Saint Cecilia Catholic Community Reverend Deacon David Justin Lynch Acts 9:26-31 Psalm 22:26-28, 30, 31-32 I John 3:18-24 John 15:1-8 + In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, AMEN. About three weeks ago, I talked about how difficult evangelism is for people of the Catholic or Anglican tradition. It just seems that it’s not in our DNA to talk to other people about our faith…

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THE RISEN CHRIST IS A REALITY IN OUR LIVES

THIRD SUNDAY OF EASTER Saint Cecilia Catholic Community Palm Springs, California Rev. Dcn. David Justin Lynch Acts: 3:13-15;17-19 Psalm 4:2;7-10 1 John 2:1-5 Luke 14:35-48 + In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, AMEN.        We usually associate ghosts with Halloween. But believe it or not, sometimes Halloween and Easter get mixed up, like in today’s gospel, when the disciples thought they had seen a ghost when the risen Lord appeared to…

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SECOND SUNDAY OF EASTER – DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY April 12, 2015 Rev. Dcn. David Justin Lynch Saint Cecilia Catholic Community Acts 4:32-35 / Psalm 118:2-4;13-15;22-24 / 1 John 5:1-6 / John 20:19-31 + In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, AMEN.              {Sing, plainsong} “The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone.”  I couldn’t have had a better set of scripture lessons on which to…

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