Your Sunday Sermon Notes – Sexagesima Sunday (NO – 5th Ordinary) 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?

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  1. Kate M says:

    We got the ask for the Archdiocese of Chicago’s annual appeal, though the pastor did a nice job of tying it to the parable of the sower of seeds. Attendance was a bit less than usual, but understandable given the -10 degree wind chill.

  2. seeker says:

    The sermon for me was the couple a few rows ahead in a sparsely attended Mass in a beach vacation community in a freezing rain-pelted building. She was so diminutive and skinny I thought at first she was a child. He slowly and carefully helped her off with her coat and when she lowered herself onto a seat one away from him, he helped her move closer and took her hand in his. Without drawing attention he aided her to sit and stand, then up to Communion where he stood behind her and put his arms around her to guide the Host to her mouth.
    I nearly opted for Mass online because of the weather, the Franciscan Novus Ordo Mass without kneelers, and the well sung but awful music (looking at you Marty Haugen) at church on this island.
    I am sorry I don’t remember the sermon, but I can’t forget how the man moved with a measured patience and tenderness as he got her in and out of the car in a storm to get to church and then saw to it that she participated in the Mass. With humility, I reflect on how little effort I put into Mass, yet was shown Christ three rows ahead of me today.

  3. Jim Dorchak says:

    The sermon I heard today was by one of the most excellent orators and interpenetrates of Our Lords words. It moved me so much that I wept. It made me understand that God trows us the seed and we must keep the soil fresh for his plan to grow in our lives or we will die. He explained that we will be tested and that we should expect to be beat up for our faith and our devotion to the Lord.
    I think this is a gift.
    I know all trials are gifts from God to help us know him and love him better.
    That priest was, you, Fr. John Zuhlsdorf.

    You see if it was not for your kindness in offering the Mas today, Sunday, I would not have had any Mass.
    Thank you kindly.

  4. Gregg the Obscure says:

    while i know many here are not big on diaconal preaching, at least one deacon did a phenomenal job today.

    he started by re-reading bits from Job and noted that current circumstances contribute to many people feeling hopeless. that manifests itself in suicide and abortion, both of them just narrow categories of murder for which those involved will face the judgment of God – infinite in both justice and mercy. he then noted that part of our Lord’s reason for coming to us was to heal and that in Galilee “everyone was looking for Him”. would that this were true today! while our Lord is not visibly walking around the world today as He was then, He is present in a better way in every Church throughout the world – especially in the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist.

    the city allows 89 people to attend, so reservations are required for Sunday Mass (and for Ash Wednesday). i think we were right about at that limit at 1030 this morning.

  5. Francisco12 says:

    Went to the Byzantine Catholic parish near us, and it was Meatfare Sunday. Great social after Mass with plenty of food for all, especially salami! But the homily was fantastic. The Gospel was from Matthew 25 on the Last Judgement. Father really laid into the separation of the sheep from the goats, and alluding to other words spoken by our Lord, told all of us to never call ourselves “good people”. He repeated that and hammered this home. He asked us, “Do you know who “good people” are? All those men and women painted on the walls. The saints.” He referred to the icons from ceiling to floor depicting both old and newer saints, and then told us that we all have a “lot of work to do” and outright said, and I’m paraphrasing now, that he wasn’t optimistic. He juxtaposed yesterday’s 1st All Souls Saturday – where we pray for people by name that we don’t even know, long dea from the parish over 100 years ago, but we lovingly ask God’s mercy on them – and today’s Gospel reading of our Lord’s Judgement. Our Lord is merciful, yet just at the same time.

    He expounded on this and said the saints gave everything to God, but have we in the present day? He spoke especially to parents then and reminded us not to be “friends” of our children, but parents, and do everything we can to get them to Heaven. He reminded us the road to Heaven is not easy, but it is not impossible. He really made us all think of how we could make out Lent truly penitential. He talked about how we should be debasing ourselves with fasts and mortifications, mentioning the prostrations that will be coming in the Canon of St. Andrew of Crete, and said that’s nothing compared to what we should be doing. He then referenced Sodom and how God said he would spare them if there were only a few righteous people there. He asked whether or not his parishioners could be those “few” take on penances not just for themselves, but for the good of others both living and deceased.

    It was a fantastic homily, and the church was pretty packed. This particular eparchy has reinstated the Sunday obligation as of last summer. Similarly, my home parish (FSSP) is also full and we have added a few Masses since COVID started to account for the people flocking in, but our Latin bishop has ot yet lifted the dispensation from Sunday obligation.

  6. ex seaxe says:

    OF – so St Mark at the start of Jesus ministry. Sensational success, the whole city crowding round the door. Does Jesus take the obvious path of building on this? No, he slips away and prays, he listens to the Father, and decides that he should spread the word, not consolidate. We too need to listen for God’s guidance, and then follow it, no matter if it is not the world’s recommendation, no matter if it does not suit us, no matter if it does not lead to success as the world judges.

  7. visigrad22 says:

    I had the undeserved privilege of attending the monthly TLM at our Cathedral…where I heard a magnificent homily by an amazing priest ……it was very well attended…growing each month..oh and the Mass was offered for you !!!

  8. PomeroyonthePalouse says:

    Our pastor started by informing us that he had been vaccinated this past week. “Why, when i am only 52?” he asked. Because I am in health care. He then briefly covered three types of health care: Physical, psychological, and spiritual and tied them into today’s readings.. As usual with our priest, he left us with lots to think about during the week.

    He will be getting a “break” next month. He is the pastor of three parishes, each about 30 miles from another. He had been saying three Masses a Sunday, one at each parish. Since about June, he bumped it up to 5 (yes FIVE) Masses a Sunday (counting a vigil he added). This allowed the two relatively larger parishes to close off every other pew and do “social distancing.” Starting March, he’s planning on going back to just one Mass each parish each Sunday.

    This is opposed to our daughter’s parish in a nearby town. They had had a vigil Mass and two Masses on Sunday mornings. Their pastor cut it back to ONE Mass a Sunday which he holds in a parking lot and has it streamed over facebook. And yes, he has continued to hold it OUTSIDE, even in sub-freezing weather and today 34 degree and snowing. (I think he may need psychological health care from our pastor as in the first paragraph.)

  9. Matthew says:

    I had patients all morning so I had to go to 6PM Mass, but Father didn’t rush it to get to a TV for the game. One snippet of the sermon that really struck me was when Father talked about the passion of Christ, that the passion was truly Christ’s suffering. The word ‘compassion’ is a contraction meaning to suffer with, com + passion. I guess I always knew that, but it just struck me as important today. I’ll be doing a bit more reading on that this week, which should keep Sr. Honorina, my Latin teacher in high school pleased.

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