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HUMAN SOLIDARITY THROUGH THE BLOOD OF JESUS

CORPUS CHRISTI Saint Cecilia Catholic Community, Palm Springs, CA June 03, 2018 – 10:30 AM Exodus 24:3-8 Psalm 116:12-13;5-18 Hebrews 9:11-15 Mark 14:12-16;22-26             + In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, AMEN.             Today is the feast of Corpus Christi, a Latin expression that means, “Body of Christ.” In many churches, the people will hear homilies on Eucharistic adoration, the image…

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CHRISTIANITY IS ALL ABOUT LOVE

Sixth Sunday of Easter May 06, 2018 10:30 AM Saint Cecilia Catholic Community Rev. David Justin Lynch Acts 10:25-26;34-35;44-48  Psalm 98:1-4 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.        I came of age in the free-love 1960s, which was widely understood to mean, free sex. In particular, I remember 1967, known as the Summer of Love. It was a social phenomenon, characterized…

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RISING TO NEW LIFE

EASTER SUNDAY Saint Cecilia Catholic Community Rev. David Justin Lynch April 1, 2018 10:30 AM Acts 10:34A;37-42 Psalm 118:1-2;16-17;22-23 Colossians 3:1-4 John 20:1-9        + In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, AMEN.        What exactly do we celebrate on Easter Sunday? In the secular world, we associate Easter with the season of Spring. We have Easter bunnies, Easter chicks, Easter baskets full of colored hardboiled eggs, and children hunting eggs. What…

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CAPITAL PUNISHMENT DEGRADES HUMANITY

GOOD FRIDAY March 30, 2018 – 7:00 PM Saint Cecilia Catholic Community Rev. David Justin Lynch Isaiah  52:13-53:12 Psalm 31:2;6;12-13;15-16;17;25 Hebrews 4:14-16;5:7-9 John 18:1-19:42 + In the name of the Father and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, AMEN. Today, we commemorate the day when evil people did a bad thing to Jesus. They killed him, pure and simple.  Jesus was a victim of capital punishment. Today, I will explain to you why the death penalty is wrong,…

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WHICH PROCESSION WILL YOU JOIN? TRUMP’S MILITARY PARADE OR THE ANTI-GUN MARCH?

Palm Sunday – Saint Cecilia Catholic Community March 25, 2018 – 10:30 AM Rev. David Justin Lynch Mark 11:1-10 Isaiah 50:4-7 Psalm 22:8-9,17-20, 23-24 Philippians 2:6-11 Mark 15:1-47        + In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, AMEN.        Everyone loves a parade. It’s a time to march around to be seen by others for a purpose. Yesterday, my wife, Sharon, and others from our parish and I participated in a parade…

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LEGALISM AND THE CHURCH

By Rev. David Justin Lynch Philippians, Galatians and Romans have Paul concerned about the Judaizers, those who believed that Gentiles, that is, non-Jews, who wanted to follow Jesus should be required to observe the Jewish law. The Judaism of Paul’s time looked to the Old Testament with its 613 very detailed commandments that controlled many aspects of daily life as defining how one appears in God’s sight. The message was that to make things right with God, one has to…

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GOD’S GRACE RESCUES HUMANITY

FOURTH SUNDAY IN LENT (Laetare) March 11, 2018 10:30 AM Saint Cecilia Catholic Community Rev. David Justin Lynch 2 Chronicles 36:14-16;19-23  Psalm 137:1-6 Ephesians 2:4-10 John 3:14-21        +In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, AMEN.        The news this year has featured many rescue stories.  First responders, and even ordinary citizens, have heroically saved many lives — human, canine and feline — from fires and floods. My wife, Sharon, and I…

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JESUS, THE DISRUPTOR

THIRD SUNDAY IN LENT March 04 2018 10:30 AM Saint Cecilia Catholic Community Rev. David Justin Lynch Exodus 20:2-3;7-8;12-17 Psalm 19:8-11 I Corinthians 1:22-25; John 2:13-25 + In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, AMEN.  Imagine a major “boiler room” operation in Palm Springs, where telephone solicitors are sitting in cubicles dialing for dollars, victimizing people out of their life savings selling vacant land. Imagine further that our police received enough complaints,…

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