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JESUS REIGNS WITH LOVE

Feast of Christ the King November 21, 2021 – 10:30 AM Saint Cecilia Catholic Community Rev. David Justin Lynch Daniel 7:13-14 | Psalm 93:1-2;5 Revelation 1:5-8 | John 18:33B-37 +In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen. Patriarchy, Lordship, and Clericalism have received considerable negative attention in ecclesiastical circles over the past few years.  Some of our “progressive” sisters and brothers want to do away with speaking of the Kingdom of God…

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THE TWO GREAT COMMANDMENTS

Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time October 31, 2021 10:30 AM Saint Cecilia Catholic Community Deacon Sharon Kay Talley Deuteronomy 6:2-6 Psalm 18:2-4;47-51 Hebrews 7:23-28 Mark 12:28B-34 + In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, AMEN. Of all the professions today, the one that is typically viewed as the most unscrupulous is that of lawyers or attorneys. Fr. David is a retired attorney and he will attest to the contempt he received during…

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CHOOSING YOUR VALUES

Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year B October 10, 2021 – 10:30 AM Saint Cecilia Catholic Community Rev. David Justin Lynch Wisdom 7:7-11 | Psalm 90:12-17 Hebrews 4:12-13 | Mark 10:17-30 +In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen. Today, as Jesus proceeds on his journey through Judea toward Jerusalem, his message regarding the kingdom of God and discipleship becomes increasingly relevant, critical, and challenging. Crowds gather around him as he…

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WHAT GOD HAS JOINED LET NO ONE SEPARATE

Twenty-Seventh Sunday In Ordinary Time – Year B October 3, 2021 – 10:30 AM Saint Cecilia Catholic Community Deacon Sharon Kay Talley Genesis 2:18-24 | Psalm 129:1-6 Hebrews 2:9-11 | Mark 10:2-12  +In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen. Throughout the world, in the past five decades between 1970 and 2020, the divorce rate has more than doubled.  The divorce rates for Northern Europe and Western Europe, including the Scandinavian countries…

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AM I AUTHORIZED?

AM I AUTHORIZED? Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year B September 26 2021 – 10:30 AM Saint Cecilia Catholic Community Rev. David Justin Lynch Numbers 11:25-29 | Psalm 19:8;10;12-14 James 5:1-6 | Mark 9:38-41 +In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. We live in a credentialed world.  Like many people, I have a Driver’s License. However, I also hold a Real Estate Broker’s License, and I am a licensed attorney,…

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TO BE RIGHTEOUS IS NOT EASY

TO BE RIGHTEOUS IS NOT EASY Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year B September 19 2021 – 10:30 AM Saint Cecilia Catholic Community Rev. David Justin Lynch Wisdom 2:12;17-20 | Psalm 54:3-6:8 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. Many people place a high value on avoiding criticism from others. But doing that has its price. The desire to have other people like you rather…

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WHAT’S IN IT FOR ME?

Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year B September 12 2021 – 10:30 AM Saint Cecilia Catholic Community Deacon Sharon Kay Talley Isaiah 50:5-9a | Psalm 116:1-5;8-9 James 2:14-18 | Mark 8:27-35 In this name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen. Today’s Gospel is one of the most challenging ones for me, and that’s probably why Father David always seems to assign it to me (as he did last year!) Shortly after Peter,…

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MUSIC, THE FOOD OF LOVE

Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year B September 05 2021 – 10:30 AM Saint Cecilia Catholic Community Rev. David Justin Lynch Isaiah 53:4-7a | Psalm 146:6-10 James 2:1-5 | Mark 7:31-37 +In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen. Imagine being deaf, unable to hear any sounds. As most of you know, I have been involved with church music most of my life, as a singer, composer, and now a priest….

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