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SAYING “NO” WHEN SATAN TEMPTS US

FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT February 22, 2015 Catholic Church of the Holy Trinity ECC, Long Beach CA Rev. Dcn. David Justin Lynch Genesis 9:8-15 Psalm 25:4-5,6-7,8-9 1 Peter 3:18-22 Mark 1:12-15 A SHORT HOMILY ADDRESSED TO CHILDREN ABOUT LENT + In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, AMEN.       Earlier this week, the Church observed Ash Wednesday. Lent is a time when we look at who we are and where…

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JESUS CONFRONTS THE PURITY CODES

SIXTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR B St. Thomas Independent Catholic Church Rev. Dcn. David Justin Lynch Leviticus 13:1-2;44-46  Psalm 32:1-2,5,11 I Corinthians 10:31-11:1 Mark 1:40-45 + In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, AMEN.        Humans are social beings.  That undisputed fact really comes home to us when we are sick. We look to other people to comfort and take care of us. Even terminal illnesses, which remind us that…

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BAPTISM EMPOWERS US TO CARRY OUT GOD’S MISSION

 FEAST OF THE BAPTISM OF JESUS January 11, 2015 Rev. Dcn. David Justin Lynch Ecumenical Catholic Church of the Holy Trinity, Long Beach, CA Isaiah 55:1-11 Psalm 29:1-2;3-4;9-10 Acts 10:34-38 Mark 1:7-11 + In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, AMEN.         Many of you were baptized as infants and can’t remember a thing about it. Others of you were baptized when you were older, and remember it clearly as an important…

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TIME, TALENT AND TREASURE = MYRRH, FRANKINCENSE AND GOLD

FEAST OF THE EPIPHANY Rev. Dcn. David Justin Lynch January 04, 2015 All Saints American Catholic Church, Vista, CA Isaiah 60:1-6   Psalm 72:1-2;7-8;10-13 Ephesians 3:2-3;5-6  Matthew 2:1-12 + In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, AMEN.        It’s hard to talk about gifts at this time of year. All of us are, at this point in time, probably suffering from Christmas Fatigue. We’ve shopped until we dropped, in the stores and online….

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ALL THE CHILDREN OF ABRAHAM ARE ALL ONE HOLY FAMILY

FEAST OF THE HOLY FAMILY Rev. Dcn. David Justin Lynch St Matthews Ecumenical Catholic Church, Orange CA Genesis 15:1-6;21:1-3    Psalm 105:1-2;3-4;5-6;8-9 Colossians 3:12-17  Luke 2:22-40 + In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, AMEN.        Those of you who are choral evensong fans will recognize that as part of the Magnificat, the canticle sung after the first lesson. You’ll recall it as part of the Song of Mary which Our Lady sang…

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MARY, THEOTOKOS AND THE FIVE MARKS OF MISSION

FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT Rev. Dcn. David Justin Lynch December 21, 2014 St. Thomas Independent Catholic Church, San Diego, CA 2 Samuel 7:1-5;8-12;14,16   Luke 1:46-55 Romans 16:25-27 Luke 1:26-38        + In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen. My wife, Beeper, and I were married at Saint Michael’s Episcopal Church in Anaheim, California in April, 1996. The rector at the time, who married us, was Father Adam McCoy. At that time,…

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INDEPENDENT CATHOLICS ARE JOHN THE BAPTIST TO THE WORLD

THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT Rev. Dcn. David Justin Lynch December 14, 2014 St. Thomas Independent Catholic Church, San Diego, CA Isaiah 61:1-2;10-11    Luke 1:46-48;49-50;53-54 I Thessalonians 5:16-24     John 1:6-8;19-28 + In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen. (Sing) “Joy to the world, the Lord is come, let earth receive her king.” Now, I know that’s a bit premature. We all know that Christmas is a joy-filled holiday, or at least, it’s…

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