Your Sunday Sermon Notes: Sexagesima and 6th Ordinary 2020

Was there a good point made in the sermon you heard at the Mass that fulfilled your Sunday Obligation? What was it?

There are a lot of people who don’t get many good points in the sermons they must endure.

For my part, I spoke about preparing the soil of the mind and heart to receive what God wants to sow in us in the sacred liturgy.

There were some technical problems this morning and someone made a lot of extra effort to get the video to me, alas a little less clear as usual.  Maybe that’s a plus?

It can be a challenge to keep your mind on track when small children in the front pew are having a total – weekly – and multiple meltdown.

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  1. I talked about rules and why they are helpful, but explained that we are wrong to focus on them as if they are the point of our faith. The point of our faith is to know Jesus.

  2. anotherphilothea says:

    Our priest worked in some very good points about the redemptive nature of suffering, and that we should never imagine that we will achieve some state of holiness that guarantees the evil one will never bother us. He also talked about how even small and entirely hidden things can cause great suffering – and can become a means of our sanctification.

  3. Zelie Therese OCDS says:

    Well, the priest started out talking about how nobody is above the law in politics. From that it was to the Ten Commandments and how the first three aren’t important. We only need to obey four through ten and the first three will take care of themselves. Take care of each other, that’s all that matters. This particular priest has said that we don’t know that Jesus was born in Bethlehem and chances are St Luke and Simeon and Anna didn’t really exist. He told us that we will get more along these same lines next Sunday. I’ll take my “Imitation of Christ” to read while he’s talking. It’s so discouraging.

  4. Suburbanbanshee says:

    We got a homily on Hell! That it is real, and that we don’t wanna go! That we need to do good and avoid evil! That we are going to have special Mardi Gras times for Confession (almost like it’s Shrove Tuesday or something)!

    There was even a sorry, not sorry parental warning that maybe kids should know about Hell. But yeah, not a graphic hellfire and damnation sermon.

    I’m just kinda excited, though, because Hell is a rare homily subject these days! Yay!

  5. JonPatrick says:

    Father made an analogy using a person who when first learning to drive just learns the rules of the road and to obey them but later as they become more experienced they learn the reasoning why for example you don’t drive at 60 mph through a congested downtown. In the same way we go from just following the rules of our faith to understanding them in our hearts.

  6. exNOAAman says:

    Father spoke on the Gradual, which is mostly a sentence to let the Gentiles know that God alone is the most high. I was struck by the thought that St. Paul writes about the salvation of the Gentiles quite a bit, but this is Old Testament, Psalm 82.

  7. JabbaPapa says:

    I continue, for health difficulties, to be in my difficulty to take part in Holy Mass. Last time, a couple of weeks ago, was not of course “torture” as some atheists or lukewarms might think — for the celebration of and participation in the Holy Eucharistic Communion is in Nature the liberation therefrom ; even though it is also an active participation of our own pains with the Sacrificial Pain of our Lord on the Cross of His torture and His Passion, in what we can achieve imperfectly of compassion and in love.

    But this pain does nonetheless, for my sins, impede me religiously in a practical manner.

    Spiritually, I have dedicated this transient suffering towards a purpose for the Church, and for the cleansing of her priests, and through whichever degree of foot pilgrimage I can achieve against the handicap, but that is not the Eucharist in Himself.

    Please pray, just once at least, including in petition through the Apostle St James, Saint Mary Holy Mother of God, St Michael Archangel, St Bernadette Soubirous, Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich, the guardian Angels of Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, St Peter, St Joseph adoptive father of God, our Lady of Lourdes, our Lady of Fatima, the three principal Seers of Fatima, each of you your own guardian Angel, Saint Augustine of Hippo, Saint Thomas Aquinas, Saint Raphael, Saint Gabriel, that your own Holy Eucharistic Communion shall be in Spiritual and Material Communion with all of those unable to take His Flesh and His Blood at Holy Mass.

  8. Prayerful says:

    Fr made a particular point that since our Lord not only gave a parable, but explained, that it would be not fitting to try to do more, except to note that we should prepare for Lent.

  9. andia says:

    Fr preached on the call to sainthood and how no matter how bad we think we’ve fallen we can still become saints

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