Your Sunday Sermon Notes

Was there a good point – even more than one – in the sermon you heard at your Mass of Sunday obligation?

Let us know.

NB: I do mean what I wrote: a good point… in the sermon.  Yes, you can call it homily.

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  1. LarryW2LJ says:

    Father made the point that when we are called to enter into the Baptism of the Lord, we are called to be full-fledged Catholics. Not “sugar-coated” (the term he used) Catholics who pick and choose. This is not verbatim, but close ….. “As soon as you say, “I’m a Catholic, but I don’t believe in …….”, then you are no longer a Catholic. If you are a Catholic, you follow the Magisterium and the teachings of the Church. If you don’t, then basically, you’re a poser.” And he followed this by saying, “I see some of you rolling your eyes out there, but I am speaking the Truth. If you follow the Lord, you follow him ENTIRELY.” He then came right out and said that if you don’t follow the Lord entirely, then you’re not following the Truth.

  2. Adaquano says:

    Our transitional deacon spoke about how Jesus’ humility in allowing John to baptize him, and made a final point about how when we bless ourselves with holy water that we should remember our own baptism and how Christ calls us to follow him through that.

  3. geologus petrolei says:

    Father spoke of St. Louis IX, King of France, who called himself the “lieutenant of God on earth”, and who considered his own baptism so important that he often called himself “Louis of Poissy” in his private letters instead of “King Louis IX”. When asked why, he answered, “Poissy is the place where I was baptized. That is more important to me than the Cathedral of Rheims, where I was crowned. It is a greater thing to be a child of God than to be ruler of a kingdom: this last I shall lose at death; but the other will be my passport to everlasting glory.”

  4. wanda says:

    Our parish has been blessed beyond my wildest dreams. Recently we’ve had the joy of having Msgr. Jeremiah F. Kenney come occasionally to celebrate Mass. His sermon included assuring us that nothing has changed about the Church’s teachings. (He was referring to the synod.) We have also heard such shocking talk as ‘living in sin’ (gasp) and helping to bring our children ‘back into the Church where they belong’. Thank God in Heaven for so great a gift as Msgr. Kenney.

  5. Adaquano says:

    Wanda, is Msgr. Kenney still assisting at Immaculate Conception?

  6. wanda says:

    Adaquano, I am not sure about Immaculate Conception. Msgr. Kenney has been helping out at our ‘clustered’ 3 parishes. Church of the Crucifixion, Good Shepherd and Holy Trinity. He rotates among the 3 on Saturdays for vigil Masses. He is a treasure. One time he brought a zuchetto that belonged to Bishop Sheen, he passed it among the congregation for us to venerate if we so chose to do so.

  7. templariidvm says:

    Father devoted a good portion of his sermon to prayer – what prayer is. One of his major points was that during Mass, active listening is prayer. He made it clear that we don’t have to be physically moving, talking or singing to participate in the prayer of Mass.

  8. ChesterFrank says:

    It was the personal reflections on baptism from a priest who has been a priest for a very, very long time.

  9. PhilipNeri says:

    “When we live in obedience to the law of divine love—sacrificing for one another—we are living our days in holy justice, and giving public witness to the power of God’s mercy to repair ruined lives; to free souls from sin and death; to shine the light of truth in the darkness, and guide anyone who wants it to His peace. The history of our salvation is scarred with human failure and the ugly consequences of that failure. If we see history repeating itself—the cycle of laxity, licentiousness, debauchery, and exhausted collapse—then our blessed hope in life eternal becomes all the more blessed.”

    Fr. Philip Neri, OP

  10. wanda says:

    Adaquano, I’m sorry but I do not know.

  11. TitanTom says:

    I’m in SoCal, so I have low expectations. Our visiting priest was from Africa; he read directly from the Canon. It was refreshing:
    Canon 867
    §1 Parents are obliged to see to it that infants are baptized with the first weeks after birth; as soon as possible after the birth, or even before, parents are to request the sacrament for their child and to be properly prepared.
    § 2 An infant in danger of death is to be baptized without delay.

  12. frjim4321 says:

    The time/place where Jesus outpouring of himself began and his embracing a full human nature; akin to his “descent into hell” (Apostles Creed) which means that Jesus really died; that his human nature was full and complete. Implications for the dignity of the human person …

    [kenosis of the Incarnation akin to harrowing of Hell. Interesting. Kudos.]

  13. JonPatrick says:

    EF so Feast of the Holy Family. Jesus being fully human grew up in a family. Much of what we learn we get from our families, how we speak, etc. The most important thing we learn is justice – that we have to give others their due. Children must respect their parents – note that in the 10 commandments the first few are to God then before the commandments about our relations with other people, there is the one to honor our father and mother. Since people in families are not sinless, they must forgive and not be resentful, learn patience, forbearance, and prudence.

  14. jameeka says:

    Father B gave a beautiful sermon about the Baptism of the Lord on Sunday.
    One point especially stood out : Jesus, who is without sin, was baptized as an act of humility. When we graciously accept the opportunities for humility that God gives us, He is well pleased with us. I needed that reminder, as I don’t usually go out of my way to be humbled, and certainly not cheerfully.

    Also, Father said at our baptism, the heavens are opened, and the Holy Spirit descends and rests on us, and we become part of the Body Of Christ. We should look on the day of our Baptism as the happiest day of our lives—and renew our baptismal vows on that day every year. So, I looked mine up, since I did not know it off the top of my head.

    Fr A spoke another sermon in the EF mass today about the Baptism of the Lord, the second mystery of the Epiphany. He was talking about the Holy Spirit descending “in the form of” or “as a” dove, and some questions/answers both St Thomas Aquinas and St Augustine wrote about this—was it the substance of a dove or merely the appearance, and one of the most intriguing questions: what happened to the dove after the Baptism?

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