Your Sunday Sermon Notes: 2nd Sunday of Lent – 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, before talking about the Transfiguration, I gave some pointers about how properly to receive Communion, both on the hand (appalling as that is) and on the tongue.  Repetita iuvant.

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  1. CaliCatholicGuy says:

    Father preached that the reason why in the gospel Jesus was transfigured and speaking to Elijah and Moses was that for the Jews of his day the source of Gods words/wishes was a combination of the law – which Moses represented and the prophets, which Elijah represented.

    Father ended his sermon with an exhortation for frequent reception of confession – reminding us that we are all sinners and need to get right with God. He pointed out little examination of conscience booklets we have available in the parish office and that especially during the current corona virus situation we need to not panic but pray, prepare (go to confession) and trust in the mercy of God.

  2. Gregg the Obscure says:

    the deacon – an 0lder fellow – preached well. he focused on the words of the Father “Listen to Him” and illustrated by mentioning things that the audiologist told him when he went to get his hearing checked: stay close to the person who is talking, be attentive, limit distractions, etc and applied those to listening to the Lord. he also gave a great intro to lectio divina as a lenten practice.

    attendance was significantly lower than usual (maybe about 3/5 of usual), those of advanced age were especially sparse. not sure how much of that is the time change and how much is hype about covid. next week may be more telling in that regard

  3. I talked about God having so much more for us than we want for ourselves. I gave examples of how both in youth and advanced age we can, like Abraham, we can do and be more.

  4. Philmont237 says:

    I went to the only Latin mass in Santiago, Chile today. It was surreal because as we were praying, you could hear the screams, sirens, whistles, and random explosions (just fireworks I hope) from the “women’s march” just across the street. All of the church’s doors were locked except for one. It was located behind a steel door that you had to knock on and talk to private see Curtis before you could enter the church. During Mass, the front door was vandalized with the words “Aborto legal” spray painted on them.
    The priest talked about how we exist in opposition to the world. We exist for heaven, as the Transfiguration shows us, and that while we must be in the world, we are not of the world. He compared the our Mass to Mass in the catacombs considering we were meeting behind locked and barricades doors to keep the world out and to protect our Eucharistic Lord.

    It was a surreal experience, and I could definitely feel the Spirit working, especially during the Canon. While the world raged around us, everything inside the church was quiet. Everyone’s attention was turned toward the Holy Sacrifice, incense rose to heaven, the bells signaled the Coming of the Lord, and our souls seemed transfigured while the demons of hell screeched outside our doors.

  5. Simon_GNR says:

    In our sermon we heard the straightforward message that, like Abram, we should Listen to God and Obey his instructions. It’s as simple as that.

  6. samwise says:

    St Augustine parish in SSP (home of AOTM) ,heard sermon on fasting as common tie of Moses, Elijah &Christ. Reference to what is now my favorite Lenten hymn: The glory of these forty days. “& to Elijah fasting came the steeds & chariots of flame”

  7. Jack in NH says:

    Our assistant Pastor (FSSP) gave an excellent talk on the 4 last things; specifically, be always ready.
    Go to Confession. Stay in a state of grace, for we know not the day nor the hour

  8. JTH says:

    Father V.: Unlike Peter at the Transfiguration, we should be silent before Christ and believe.

  9. Kevin says:

    Peter, James, and John wanted to stay with Jesus on Mt. Thabor but abandoned him at the Garden of Gethsemane…

  10. Kerry says:

    “…in the tangle of our minds.”
    “I will now discharge my mind on the indictment, and the King’s title”.

  11. Philmont237 says:

    My bad, “see Curtis” should read “security.”

  12. benedetta says:

    Praying for your quick recovery, Father.

  13. Discerning Altar Boy says:

    The Second Sunday of Lent was always considered the Feast of the Transfiguration proper in the Roman Rite until Greek influence created an individual day for it. We cannot understand the proper significance of it without looking to the Cross. This theophany was intended to help Peter, James, and John keep faith on Good Friday. Our Mt. Tabor is the Sacred Liturgy, which is the greatest thing we do as Catholics. Worship of God is the first fruit of the greatest human virtue, religion. We who prefer the Old Rite need to be convicted of the need to bring others to a proper understanding of the centrality of the Liturgy in our life of Faith.

  14. Antonin says:

    The Gospel reading for the Eastern rite Church I attend was on the cure of the paralytic man who was lowered down by his friends. The priest noted that healing whether spiritual or physical is never just a mechanical act between the healer and the one healed. There is a spiritual connection of the whole self. Even doctors who heal are instruments of God whether they realize it or not. So our whole life is spiritual even in its bodily manifestation. Christ chooses to heal us through his physical instrument of the Church and he said even he, as the priest, is Christ’s instrument, and any healing that happens is from Christ working in and through the body of the Church of which we are all a part. So ultimately Christ is glorified in and through all.

  15. Lepanto ! says:

    With many places around the planet experiencing a recent quash of Holy Mass and the Sacraments, our excellent FSSP Pastor provided a perspective during the homily that exhorted everyone to focus on the rest of Mass, and in particular the Consecration AND the reception of Holy Communion as if it were their last Mass and Communion and to consider going to Confession after Mass as if it were to be their last.
    The buildup and the punchline was powerful. More than a few tears were evident and the line for Confession that is usually absorbed before Mass is complete continued long after Mass was over.
    He added that staying after Mass for thanksgiving was the minimum we should be doing should this present Mass not be our last. Plenty stayed.

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