Your Sunday Sermon Notes

Was there a good point made during the sermon you heard for your Mass of Obligation this Sunday?

Let us know!

About Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

Fr. Z is the guy who runs this blog. o{]:¬)
This entry was posted in SESSIUNCULA. Bookmark the permalink.


  1. maryh says:

    Father spoke about how Christ didn’t just leave a community of a few followers, but actually instituted a Church, which is his body, and which continues his work through the sacraments.

  2. Mike says:

    Christ, through the shedding of His Precious Blood, cancelled a debt of bondage and replaced it with a debt of love: to offer ourselves wholly to God. If we do not accept the debt of love, we will be held liable for the debt of justice.

  3. Chatto says:

    ” ‘Jesus: Yes. Church: No’ is a slogan that many people, even amongst the baptised, have adopted. But to follow an individually constructed Jesus is to follow an illusion.” That was how today’s homily began. Good, strong stuff.

  4. hmf10 says:

    Where my family went to Mass this morning, a newly ordained priest courageously preached against SSM. He spoke from his heart and begged anyone to approach him with any questions afterward. He told us how important it was to have a rightly formed conscience. He wanted us to ask ourselves if we were letting Hollywood, celebrities, media, and popular culture form our conscience, or if we being formed by the teaching Church. He received a hearty round of applause at the end……..and this was in Connecticut! There is hope!

  5. grayma says:

    I was received into Holy Mother Church in 2006. Today is the first time I heard a priest directly address contraception. And he did so clearly and plainly; he called for obedience to the wisdom of the Church and read excerpts from Humane Vitae.

  6. Former Altar Boy says:

    After the gospel of the clever steward, our pastor (FSSP) told how the interpretation by one saint says that the clever steward is, in fact, Satan, who tempts people to sin by suggesting some sins aren’t as bad as others so we shouldn’t concern ourselves with them. He then used that as a springboard to same-sex marriage and how once the procreative aspect was negated in marriage with the use of artificial birth control, it wasn’t a big leap to accept the idea that if opposite sex couples are having sex only for its unitive purpose, what’s so wrong if same-same couples do the same thing.

  7. Chris Garton-Zavesky says:

    We should be as wise as the world false steward is: invest our time where we hope to spend eternity.

    It is our usual practice to play during Father’s procession to the pulpit and back to the altar. On the way to the altar, Father processed to an organ interlude on the Dies Irae.

  8. LuxPerpetua says:

    The main points of the homily were that bad priests and bad bishops are poor shepherds who scandalize the faithful, making them leave the Church rather than encouraging them in the faith. We should pray even for these shepherds to respond to their call with zeal. We should also pray for all of the good priests and bishops who are over-worked and on the verge of “burning out” to stay faithful and find rest.

  9. zag4christ says:

    I went to the “main” Mass at the Cathedral today. The Mass was celebrated N.O., by the newly appointed priest, one year ordained. He is solemn, his homily was spoken not read, but the most memorable aspect of the Mass was at the end. Following the Mass, it is time to make announcements. The new priest said we had one announcement. Our wonderful young orthodox priest, parochial vicar for the past 2 years, started a Marian prayer group, enrolled many of us as lay Carmelites, sprinted to the ambu, and in his cassock, declared that he had been blessed to witness a marriage the day before, and the newly married couple, rather than rush off to a honeymoon, were present at this Mass. He identified them and asked them to stand to be acknowledged. A resounding applause for the couple followed. I pray a extra decade of the rosary for this and all our priests, deacons, and bishops.
    Peace and God bless.

  10. Polycarpio says:

    Small insight about the image of the Good Shepherd and what a powerful image it was for Christ to use with people living in His time. Shepherds in Jesus’ time were still leading quasi-nomadic lifestyles, which required them to move their flocks to areas of good pasture, abundant water, etc. This would require knowledge of the region and of the climate through the year, but would also require them to be attentive to subtle indicators, changes, etc. Father wondered if young people today who live in an American city, who play video games and spend time on social networks, understand what it means to be a “Good Shepherd.”

  11. JonPatrick says:

    Preaching on the Epistle, Father spoke about obligations which often has a negative connotation because like the Pharisees in Jesus’ time we look at things legalistically instead of acting from the heart. “Putting to death the deeds of the body” – this is a constant struggle for us until we die. We must be especially aware of things that distract us from God, such as our “toys” e.g. computers and smart phones.

Comments are closed.