Your Sunday Sermon Notes

Was there a good point made in the sermon you heard for your Mass of Sunday obligation?

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9 Responses to Your Sunday Sermon Notes

  1. Glennonite says:

    It was a good homily. I liked the mention that the gospel reading from last week focused upon the beginning of Our Lord’s ministry, and this week focused upon the end of His ministry (before entering Jerusalem for His Crucifixion). Also that all three persons involved (Jesus, Moses, and Elijah) underwent 4o-day fasts.

  2. Adaquano says:

    Our pastor talked about the danger of being scandalized by the Cross and how that can cause us to treat the things of God casually. He encouraged us to be strengthen by Eucaristic Adoration and frequent use of the Sacrament of Reconciliation

  3. iPadre says:

    We need to have an experience of the divinity of Our Lord through intimate communion with Him so we don’t run from the scandal of the cross in our own lives.

  4. In the Ordinary Form, the readings included the episode when Abram (Abraham) cut up animals and laid them out, and a “smoking firepot and flaming torch” passed between them, and the Gospel was the transfiguration of our Lord.

    My homily keyed off the Gallup poll, discovering that substantial numers of American Catholics have considered leaving. I talked about that, and then the first reading, explaining that the torch passing between the carcasses meant God was pledging he would die if he broke his word to Abraham. Then I talked about the cross, where God DID die, despite having kept his word to Abraham. I connected this to the Mass and the Eucharist, which are reasons to stay Catholic. I talked about the needed purification of the Church, and our role, which is to grow in holiness. The laity can do a lot, including help bishops and priests grow in holiness.

  5. mikeinmo says:

    Just as Jesus was seen in different light in the Transfiguration, we should should strive to transfigure ourselves from our sins to a life which imitates Jesus.

    The Sanctus (in Latin!) was led robustly by the priest and the choir. The choir led the Agnes Dei, also in Latin.

  6. jameeka says:

    Thank you, Father Fox.

  7. Sword40 says:

    Our parish is an FSSP parish. Our priest gave us a polite but firm lesson in how to receive communion. We are growing so fast (so many new folks with large families), Father said that most of us either forgot how to receive OR never learned in the first place. He reminded us that it was a “team effort”. The priest had certain responsibilities and so did the parishioner. He said “tilt your head back, close your eyes, open your mouth and extend your tongue slightly”. He said to practice at home with potato chips. He reminded us that the altar boy sometimes had trouble putting the paten under the chin of certain folks. He said “don’t worry the paten is NOT a weapon”. Father, also talked about our duty to control children’s hands if we brought them up with us. All in all it was a great catechetical instruction. The Sermon was also SUPER. He spent quite some time on the Transformation.

  8. Sue in soCal says:

    Our deacon, who was trained in a VERY liberal seminary and who often is off the mark on sermons {he has commented to me that he knows he’s missed badly when I look down and put my hand to my forehead :)}, today hit a home run. He concentrated on the three apostles at the Transfiguration, especially Peter, who often didn’t get things right, and tied it to a quote he attributed to C. S. Lewis (I’ve not been able to verify that this is a Lewis quote); “You cannot go back to change the beginning, but you can start now to change the ending.” Our deacon did a great job outlining the failures of Peter even after he witnessed the Transfiguration but still became a great saint and how we all can do the same.

  9. ajf1984 says:

    Gospel of the Transfiguration. Father pointed out a parallel between Mary’s directive at the Wedding Feast of Cana to “Do whatever He tells you” and the Father’s directive on Mt. Tabor to “Listen to Him [Jesus].” Obedience to Christ, at the start of His public ministry and when Peter, James, and John catch this glimpse of the glory of His Resurrection.