Your Sunday Sermon Notes

Was there a good point in the sermon you heard at the Mass to fulfill your Sunday obligation?  Let us know.

For my part, for the TLM this morning, I spoke about how sacramental reality is not less real than sensible realities and connected that to our participation in our sacred liturgical worship.

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  1. Adaquano says:

    Father spoke of our need to go to Confession! He spoke of how through Confession we gain new life in Christ. He announced that he would be available 30 minutes before daily Mass every morning this week along with extending hours next Saturday. I have been impressed with how good his homilies have been this year (might have been the copy of God or Nothing we gave him this Christmas).

  2. John Nolan says:

    Oxford Oratory, Solemn Latin OF. A pastoral letter from the Archbishop to mark the start of Passiontide which concentrated on the account in St John’s Gospel of the raising of Lazarus. It was apposite and by no means anodyne.

    The Gospel was read in full. It is quite long, so there is a much shorter version which leaves out vast chunks and no doubt is used in most churches.

    Hang on, wasn’t one of the aims of the Novus Ordo to make more of the Scripture available? Even the John prologue read on Christmas day is optionally shortened to leave out John the Baptist.

    People’s attention span is too limited to listen to the Gospel, but can put up with badly thought-out ‘ad hoc’ homilies, even on weekdays. Any more reasons for Summorum Pontificum?

  3. pelerin says:

    Same as Adaquano – the need for Confession and the availability after weekday Masses during Lent.

  4. Bthompson says:

    Setting the parishes up for Palm Sunday and Easter, I focused and reamed and emphasized and pounded on the reality of our Lord’s humanity (“Jesus wept”), the fact that Lazarus was dead dead dead and Jesus, despite knowing what he was going to do, really and truly suffered the grief and pain of loss! I then connected the reality of the history with the reality of our faith (since they are not separate, but just one thing)

    Next week, I hope to preach little, a sentence or so. I am under no illusion that most people will not remember this week’s message (or necessarily have heard Today’s Mass), but it is important to me to prep those parishioners who are attentive to hear our Lord’s Passion as a homily that I dare not attempt to rival in eloquence.

  5. aviva meriam says:

    Before Mass, Father announced that in the past, when he’s preached on Catholic doctrine regarding sexual morality, parishoners responded “colorfully”. He said he would again preach on it, in particular Internet Pornography, and that should anyone not want to be there, he reminded them of other masses where he wouldn’t be the preacher.

    Fr. focused on the sins of the temple as seen by the prohpet Ezekiel and drew the comparison to today’s addictions to Internet Pornography. He stressed the gravely sinful nature of it, it’s pernicious reaches in our society, how young children are when exposed to it and how damaging it is to everyone’s relationships. He urged adults to take ownership of their own internet activity. He urged people to talk openly to their children, and take ownership that parents’ responsibility is to help their children get to Heaven.

    He urged everyone to go to Confession.

  6. PhilipNeri says:

    Our Sunday readings in the season of Lent draw us toward Lazarus’ emergence from his tomb in order to prepare us for Christ’s resurrection on Easter morning. Each Sunday reading pounds on the theme of Christ’s humanity so that the glory of his miraculous resurrection doesn’t outshine the truth that he is one of us in all but sin. He cries. He bleeds. He feels and expresses anger. He mourns and believes. And he loves. Just like we do.

    Fr. Philip Neri, OP

  7. thickmick says:

    When Jesus said, “Ego Sum” it made a lot of people angry

  8. otsowalo says:

    Father spoke about how we are dead because of sin. He added that we are also entombed in our own sins, and we cannot get out on our own. We can, however like Lazarus, rise and escape death if we heed the call of the Master to come out of our tombs. He enjoined us to go to confession because that’s where Christ calls us to come out.

    And when we leave the confessional, we will be unbound. Our face, hands and feet no longer tied with the burial cloth, as we are free from sin.

  9. I wrapped up a sermon series on confession, working with a book we gave out. I talked about the things that tie us up and keep us from going free, even when we go to confession. I reminded people of the extra times for confession during Holy Week.

  10. JonPatrick says:

    When Jesus said “Before Abraham was, I am” he knew exactly what he was saying and so did the Jews which is why they wanted Him dead. C.S. Lewis says in “Mere Christianity”: A man who says what Jesus said either is what he says, or is a madman like someone who goes around thinking himself a poached egg. It has to be one or the other, it cannot be that he is “a great moral teacher” but just a person.

    In Jesus we have the perfect sacrifice, like the lambs without blemish brought to the temple for sacrifice. We either reject Him or we fall down and worship Him.

  11. guans says:

    from The Most Reverend Robert J. Hermann
    the Archdiocese of St. Louis as Auxiliary Bishop
    The mass was on catholic radio.
    … that Jesus was doing the Father’s will…

  12. guans says:

    the exact quote from the sermon above: “Throughout this event, Jesus suffers because of what is happening to Lazarus. He was saddened when He heard that Lazarus was dying, but He stayed on several days. He was simply being obedient to His Father who wanted to show His glory in raising Lazarus from the dead.”

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