Your Sunday Sermon Notes – 3rd 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?

I’ve been on the road, but I got back for Sunday Mass at the parish.

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  1. acardnal says:

    Father’s sermon included a long piece about making a good confession.

  2. Gregg the Obscure says:

    Archbishop had the Mass. there was a catechumen present and much of the homily was addressed to him, though it of course applied to all the rest of us too. His excellency spoke about the graces of baptism, God’s absolute knowledge of each of us and His unfathomable love for us, the impossibility of concealing anything from God, the inestimable gift of the Eucharist, and the need for each of us to share the gospel. He pointedly stressed that nothing is impossible for God and gave a great list of examples including sinful habits, restoring broken relationships, teaching us to forgive . . .

    the city now allows 175 people in attendance. i think we had about 100. before the lockdown IIRC this Mass averaged 250-300. seems like the biggest drop-off was people in the 40-70 age range. a man who appeared to be mentally ill was yelling somewhat incoherently and attempted to rush the sanctuary after communion. fortunately a college-aged altar server and the security guard persuaded him to go outside.

  3. mimiwnc says:

    Father used the example of St. Peter to outline obstacles to “protecting our courtyard” meaning our souls. He noted being presumptuous, rash, curious and lukewarm. He reminded us that even when we fail in our Lenten resolutions, and don’t love ourselves very much, God always loves us and is always calling us to Himself. There was a LOT of good stuff. I should have taken notes.

  4. Gab says:

    Father’s sermon focussed on the sacrament of Confession, however I listened to another sermon that was about the need to examine one’s conscience every night and to form it into a habit. This non-Madison parishioner has heard you, Father Z! Thank you for a much-needed wake-up call,

  5. JMody says:

    Jesus’ anger at the Temple is because he could see into their hearts, see through any hypocrisy. The merchants may have been vicious cheats, or they may have been honest in their dealings but lost sight of the fact that the Temple was about more than fair dealing in livestock and FOREX. But both are a case of wrong relations between man and God – and that is why we come to Mass, not entertainment, but a right relationship with God.

    DO our own actions involve that kind of hypocrisy, or that level of forgetfulness? Do I say one thing and do another? If I claim the title of Christian but try to trick God, what am I really? Remember, God’s foolishness exceeds human wisdom, and God’s weakness exceeds human strength.

    While it certainly fell in the category of deceiving me to be satisfied with a “more orthodox beige” … it WAS a good sermon.

  6. JonPatrick says:

    There was some good news in the state of Maine as the governor has relented and allowed churches to have up to 50% of capacity. That will be good for the larger churches such as the Lewiston Basilica which has one of the only 2 regular Sunday Extraordinary Form masses in the state and before had to limit attendance to 50 people even though the church could safely handle a much larger group. Won’t affect our little local parish much due to the need for social distancing and besides we don’t fill the available pews anyway. Attendance is always low in the winter, increasing when the summer visitors arrive.

    Another thing is that Father has resumed allowing us to say the rosary before mass.

    Unfortunately I don’t recall much of the homily except that it followed Father’s usual theme of our need to be aware of our sins and to use this time in Lent to get closer to God and grow spiritually, using the sacraments such as confession.

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