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ADVENT IS UNIQUELY ADVENT

Advent 1A – December 01 2019 Saint Cecilia Catholic Community Rev. David Justin Lynch Isaiah 2:1-5 | Psalm 122:1-9 Romans 3:11-14 | Matthew 24:37-44       + In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, AMEN.        Happy New Year! No, I am not bestowing on you an early wish for a happy two thousand twenty. I’m wishing you a happy Church New Year. Today is the First Sunday in Advent. The…

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ANIMALS SHOW US HOW TO INCREASE OUR FAITH

SAINT FRANCIS DAY CELEBRATION Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time October 06, 2019 – 10:30 AM Saint Cecilia Catholic Community, Palm Springs, CA Rev. David Justin Lynch Habakkuk 1:2-3;2:2-4 | Psalm 95:1-2;6-9 2 Timothy 1:6-8;13-14 | Luke 17-5-10 + In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen. We live in an absolutely crazy world. People are fighting wars in Yemen, Afghanistan, and elsewhere. Others are engaging in street violence, like that happening in…

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DISCIPLESHIP IS NOT FOR PROFIT

Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year C September 08 2019 – 10:30 AM Saint Cecilia Catholic Community Rev. David Justin Lynch Wisdom 9:13:18B | Psalm 90:3-6;12-14;17 Philemon 9-10;12-17 | Luke 14:25-33             +In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, AMEN. This week, I was asked to make time at today’s Sunday Mass for the commissioning of a Protestant layperson to officiate at weddings and funerals for personal…

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IMMIGRANTS ARE GOOD!

    LABOR DAY CELEBRATION Saint Cecilia Catholic Community Palm Springs, California September 01, 2019 – 10:30 AM Rev. David Justin Lynch Genesis 23:1-6 | Song of Wisdom 1 Corinthians 3:10-13 | Matthew 25:31-46 + In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, AMEN.        When we think of Labor Day, we commonly think of unionized workers celebrating victories over oppressive employers. Those workers are certainly to be commended for their courage, their…

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THE IN-CROWD MAY BECOME THE OUT-CROWD

Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time August 25th, 2019 11:00 AM Saint Anthony’s Cathedral, Detroit, MI Rev. David Justin Lynch Isaiah 66:18-21 | Psalm 117:1-2 Hebrews 12:5-7;11-13 | Luke 13:22-30  + In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, AMEN.            From nineteen sixty-eight to nineteen seventy, I was a student at Greenwich High School in Greenwich, Connecticut, where I grew up. At that school, there was a clique of…

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MONEY ISN’T EVERYTHING

Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year C August 04, 2019 – 10:30 AM Saint Cecilia Catholic Community, Palm Springs, CA Rev. David Justin Lynch Ecclesiastes 1:2;2:22-23 | Psalm 90:3-6;12-17;17 Colossians 3:1-5;9-11 | Luke 12:13-21        + In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, AMEN. On our recent train trip home from New Orleans to Los Angeles, Deacon Sharon and I were almost eight hours late because our passenger train had to…

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COMMITMENT

Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C June 30, 2019 – 10:30 AM Saint Cecilia Catholic Community Rev. David Justin Lynch I Kings 19:16B;19-21 | Psalm 16:1-2;5;7-11 Galatians 5:1;13-18 | Luke 9:51-62        + In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, AMEN.        God works, moves, and speaks in myriad and divers ways, too many to count, and in new variations revealed to us every minute. The vastness of God is too…

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RELIGION NEEDS SCIENCE

SOLEMNITY OF THE ASCENSION June 02, 2019  10:30 AM Saint Cecilia Catholic Community Rev. David Justin Lynch Acts 1:1-11 | Psalm 47:2-3;6-9 Ephesians 1:17-23 | Luke 24:46-53        + In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, AMEN.        When I was a child, the Space Program of the United States Government, known as NASA, an acronym for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, was quite fascinating to me.  I can recall that…

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