Your Sunday Sermon Notes – What Catholics DO BELIEVE about the Eucharist!

Was there a good point made in the sermon during your Mass of Sunday obligation? Let us know.

For my part, I started with the image of Jesus weeping over Jerusalem and then went into the problem of a vast percentage of Catholics who don’t belief what the Church teaches about the Eucharist because they haven’t been taught or they haven’t accepted it.

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  1. carn says:

    Driving home that the message that to some much has been given and therefore much is expected of them is directed to us. And that therefore we should be alert to see where the Lord is calling us to do something.

  2. ex seaxe says:

    The diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes returned 10 days ago, nine of the teenagers of the parish had gone to assist (from a typical Sunday attendance of 100-120 plus 40 or so on Saturday evening), six of whom were present at this Mass.
    We had the full versions of the OF readings. The sermon focussed on hope/trust in the Lord – Do not be afraid. And the final section on the question are YOU a disciple or an apostle?, a follower or someone prepared to envangelise? Do you say ‘Oh I couldn’t do that I would be embarressed’, well that focusses on YOU, trust in the Lord and do not be afraid. So – are you a disciple or an apostle?
    Unusually, our priest followed that with the fourth from the Appendix of EPs for various needs (with the revolting subtitle ‘Jesus who went about doing good’, but he did not mention that).

  3. Lurker 59 says:

    Thank you Fr. Z for your sermon.

    I am also very thankful to be able to hear the edifying words from others as they relate what was preached at the Masses that they participated in.

  4. Mike says:

    St. Paul’s emphasis on what happened to the Israelites in the desert was not just a rhetorical flourish. Ingratitude has consequences. Especially in today’s pampered society.

  5. Lurker 59 says: edifying words from others

    That’s why I have this feature each Sunday. There are a lot of people out there who never get to hear good sermons. There is, generally, some good point that be teased out, but it takes work. Hence, this post.

  6. Patrick71 says:

    I didn’t hear the sermon today, but that is the good news. You see, the church was full and I was outside the door during mass with about a dozen others. I was able to count at least 25 children aged 10 and younger outside and crammed into the overflow seating in the vestibule.

  7. Robin says:

    Our homily (TLM) focused on ‘temptation’ in the first reading (1 Cor 10) and how God can tempt us, not to evil but in order to test us and try — and thereby strengthen — our faith, citing Thomas Aquinas’s Summa and also mentioning the book by Martin Mosebach, “The 21” about the Christian martyrs who were beheaded by ISIS on the beach in N Africa (many have undoubtedly seen at least a photo of this) and how deeply the men’s Christian faith had prepared them to face their deaths.

    As a side note, related to Fr Z’s homily, there was apparently an ‘incident’ during our communion that involved a dropped host or particle (despite that it was on the tongue, kneeling etc.. I didn’t see exactly what happened). The care that was taken in addressing this was such a clear testimony to an understanding of the Real Presence!

  8. bartlep says:

    Latin Mass, Epistle: 1 Cor 10: 6-13
    Started sermon with a quote from a sermon of St. Augustine saying that speaking on chastity was not an easy thing.

    Fr. said 500 years later it still wasn’t an easy subject but the current culture filth makes it necessary to speak about chastity. The 6th and 9th commandments need to be addressed…

  9. Kathleen10 says:

    Okay, wow.
    I kept thinking, during your homily, if only I could show this to my entire family, all the loved ones I worry so much about, then they would know, and they would go to Confession, and they would attend Holy Mass and understand it is not the personality of the priest that matters, not how charming or funny he is, not how sweetly everybody smiles at you, or however good you might feel about being there. If they could watch this they would know, because you told truth in this homily, you told it. What more would anyone ever want than the Holy Eucharist and Jesus Christ. You told it compellingly and beautifully, and I asked my husband to come in and see you become upset about the fact that Jesus would be hurt by us at times. It wasn’t entertaining to see you upset, my heart hurt a little, but we’re grateful there are priests who love Jesus enough to be sad that He can be hurt and for the church in her agony. Thank you so much for your faithful priesthood and for all the teaching you do. God bless you and may He watch over you and keep you! When you feel the cold winds blow out there in the world, please keep in mind there are many grateful hearts out here and that you have many, many friends who pray for you and care.

  10. Glennonite says:

    What GOOD points did I hear from Sunday’s sermon? Only those contained in your posted sermon, Father. Thank you. Thank you.

  11. Kerry says:

    What Kathleen 10 said!

  12. buffaloknit says:

    I heard an outstanding sermon from a deacon-who I had never heard preach before-at my territorial parish NO “children’s” Mass. (I have been going there more and more, because they seem to have a better attitude towards crying children compared to my usual parish). He talked about the details of St. Felicity and St. Perpetua in a HUGE amount of detail. He says this story would not make a good bedtime story. (Also, the “chains” of porn addiction were related to the chains of a prisoner in the arena).
    The take-away “one-liner” to remember is, “Come into the arena!” I think this exhortation would make a wonderful slogan/motto for one’s 2020 New Year’s resolutions. (Taylor Marshall, on his podcast last week, also talked about families resolving to make the sign of the cross on airplanes , pray before meals in restaurants, etc) Finally, the new pastor prayed the St. Michael prayer instead of signing a hymn at the children’s mass. Good things are showing up everywhere!

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