Your Sunday Sermon Notes – 4th Sunday of Lent 2020 Laetare – putting you in the chalice

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, today, we were supposed to be streaming the whole Mass live.  I even made a phone call on the way to church to double-check things.  But, as seems to happen with the 7:30 TLM, there was yet another problem.

Here is a partial video of my points.

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  1. JulieHoward says:

    We tried to watch live-stream at SMPB but couldn’t get through, couldn’t get through any of the other places we tried either, however. St. John Cantius we could watch an hour later as it was recorded. Grateful. The priest gave an amazing homily (brought tears to my eyes). He spoke about other times in Church History when saints went without the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and the reception of the Body and Blood of Our Lord. So grateful to all you priests going above and beyond to bring us at least a viewing of the Mass. I imagine there must be much suffering of the priests in empty churches. I wasn’t able to open your sermon here (I’m sure our internet is unhappy with us right now!) but I would love to hear your points. You are by far one of my absolute favorite homilists, always clear, concise, and full of depth… and very interesting. Thank you. Grateful.

  2. JulieHoward says:

    One very interesting point the priest at St. John Cantius made (7:30 am TLM) was about how St. Francis Xavier could not offer Mass on the ship to Japan lest the Precious Blood be spilt in rough waters. (Both the bread and the wine must be consecrate into the Body and Blood of Our Lord.)

  3. Ms. M-S says:

    Thanks for posting your remarks, Fr. Z, so we did at least get to listen to you for a bit after all. Especially those remarks on voluntary fasting and the danger of taking even the Eucharist for granted. Maybe this current plague will remind us that certain things our lives depend on—water, light, air, the Eucharist—may be taken for granted until they’re taken away.

  4. JPaulZ says:

    I always appreciate your sermons. Thank you for posting. I will try to view / participate in the masses you’re planning to stream. Thanks again – God bless you.

  5. JonPatrick says:

    It may be hard to be joyful given the present situation but we should still be joyful because we still have the fact of our salvation and the graces we receive from the sacraments such as the holy sacrifice of the Mass.

  6. ajf1984 says:

    Several good points, but one stayed with me: “To rejoice is a choice.” Our faith is not limited by our emotions, nor is God restricted by feelings. We must continually renew our choice to rejoice in the Lord.

  7. kat says:

    Thank you, Father. I really appreciate hearing your sermon. Great “Food” for thought, truly!

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