Your Sunday Sermon Notes – 2nd Sunday of Lent 2021

Was there a GOOD point made in the sermon you heard at the Mass for your Sunday (obligation or none), either live or on the internet? Let us know what it was.

Too many people today are without good, strong preaching, to the detriment of all. Share the good stuff.

Also, are your churches opening up? What was attendance like?

For my part, I’m… on the road.

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  1. Gregg the Obscure says:

    Had a very joyful and very old priest this morning. he set the story of the Transfiguration within its context in the Gospel of Mark and drew parallels of our Lord’s ascent of this mountain with Moses’ ascent of Mt Sinai in Exodus. he also gave some background on the Jewish feast of tabernacles which informed Peter’s initiative.

    he asked how much we would like to see something so glorious as this event and then reminded us that the glory of the Sacraments surpasses the glory seen by the apostles that day because the Sacraments, when we are rightly disposed, transform us. he urged us all to go to confession.

    since fat tuesday the city allows 189 people in attendance – up from 75 since about October – while fire code allows for 800 (how they came up with 189 i’ll never know). i was assigned a pew near the back of the church and it looked like we had about 120 in attendance for the 1030. IIRC before the lockdown this Mass time on Sunday would usually have 350-400.

  2. Mel says:

    I had my 4 year old grandson with us at Mass today. The homily was ok as usual but what the priest said after Mass, finally, made me sad. He said he is finding the Holy Eucharist on the floor more and more. My husband and l have seen it too. I don’t know what’s happening, but it’s happening a lot. We go to a NO Mass. How long we will last is anyone’s guess.

  3. CaliCatholicGuy says:

    Second Sunday of Lent NO mass in California. Due to COVID restrictions we had mass outside in the school parking lot (only daily mass I think is back inside the church).

    Father spoke on the transfiguration a bit (I missed parts tending to my 1 year old toddler who was fussy), but the part I remember was Father lamenting our current political climate at home and abroad – kids are being used as political pawns to score points on both sides, unborn and born.

    Just because something is popular and voted on by the majority does not make it moral. To the Romans and Jewish leaders Our Lord needed to be put to death, that was their majority vote and view.

    Today we have abortion which is murder and we call it pro-choice. Today we have aberrations that used to be called immoral or disordered and they are now called “someone’s else’s truth.” We must be firm and unafraid to proclaim the gospel and the truth which we know. That is what is right and moral does not become wrong or immoral just because the majority says it is so.

  4. jflare29 says:

    We had a seminarian deacon–I think–offer our homily today.
    He made two rather good points:
    Christ’s companions when transfigured give cause for serious thought. James’ and John’s mother had recently requested that Christ offer her sons roles of import–power–when the Kingdom of Heaven should come. Peter had requested that Christ allow that Peter to go where Christ went. NONE of the apostles or disciples yet “get it” what these intentions truly mean. They won’t begin to understand until after Resurrection.
    Our homilist also noted how we each make small offerings and penances during Lent. Worthy sure, yet these begin to seem absurdly small when we consider Christ’s sufferings. He noted how we “pay” so very little for our salvation.
    Sobering thought.

  5. Gregg the Obscure says:

    by the way, safe travels Father Z!

  6. Littlemore says:

    The sermon focused on the 1st reading. We only have NO for 70 mile radius. Father said something, that he had not thought of (as he’s not a parent) until he read Jonathan Sacks (prev Chief Rabbi in UK) book, that Isaac didn’t belong to Abraham,you cannot own another person. The ram was there because God had placed it there. We only belong to God.

  7. JonPatrick says:

    “This is my beloved son; listen to him”. We need to learn to listen to God more. Our country has stopped listening to God and that is why we are in the situation we are in. Go to Confession!

  8. 5wounds says:

    Went to TLM in Elm Grove, Wi. The pastor at Mary’s Visitation learned Latin to add a Latin Mass on Sunday afternoon. This second Sunday Fr. Cliff Ermatinger, the exorcist for Milwaukee, filled in and what a homily. It was a retreat! He speaks so powerfully, breaking down the words from one language to the next. What I retained was that the Transfiguration means metamorphosis. Christ is always God in His divine nature. Love returning love. Between his homily and his celebrating the TLM with his clear annunciation, the usual 10 altar servers, ages from 7-17 with adults also, assisting, bringing an alertness as one participates in a pleasing conversation between the Son and His Father filling the human heart with love through worship of God. The church was filled with the normal large families, teenagers, elderly, masks worn by anyone who felt a need, spacing and supplies for cleaning available as required. Inspiring as needed going forward this Lent.

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