Your Sunday Sermon Notes – 2nd Sunday after Easter (3rd of Easter – N.O.) 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. Gregg the Obscure says:

    We had the joyful and rambling old priest today. He had a few good points, but the easiest to reproduce is this: During the first several recorded appearances of Our Lord after His resurrection, people didn’t immediately recognize Him. That calls to mind the story of the sheep and the goats when both those who did well and those who failed to do well asked “When did we see You . . . ” Where do we recognize Him? Where do we fail to recognize Him?

    The system of reservations and assigned seating for Mass has come to an end, though seating is still allowed only in alternating pews. Sadly attendance plummeted compared to the past three months. We had been around the city’s limit of 175 for each of the past several weeks (excepting the blizzard weekend), but i don’t think we had half of that today. Weather was perfect, so that isn’t a plausible explanation. Maybe people wanted to skip the brief solicitation for the Archbishop’s annual fundraising appeal. Sunday obligation will be restored on May 23.

  2. Clare says:

    At my Novus Ordo, it was at capacity what with social distancing and only every other pew in use. Father talked about Peter’s need to get people to stop paying attention to him and start noticing the God who makes miracles possible. He gave the example of waiting for a parking space while a mother readied her baby for the car ride, and how there were so many things she needed to do to make the trip safe and comfortable. He said, “I wondered when the baby will be conscious enough to know that there’s someone crazy about her and ready to look after her well-being all day,” and how sometimes we are like infants who don’t know that God is like that young mother with us. He gave another example I don’t recall just now, but that was the gist. In other news, we aren’t supposed to have congregational singing, but my husband insists on singing the Latin chants, in a soft, barely audible way. So, now we are all going to get COVID. But I’ve buried the lead: there was a young man WITHOUT A MASK. The seminarians tried to talk to him before Mass started, and he was shaking his head, and when he walked out, they were trying to have an intervention again. No dice.

  3. I talked about the Resurrection and the Eucharist, with the Gospel passage from Luke, beginning with, “they recognized him in the breaking of bread,” followed by Jesus in their midst, showing them his “flesh and bones,” and eating fish in front of them. I started by explaining in the plainest language what Jesus’ resurrection means, and that what he shows us in himself, we will have: we will be resurrected and what that means. Then I talked about what this means about the importance of our body — contra the confusion today — overtaking many Christians — in which people think the body doesn’t matter very much, only the inner life, only our feelings matter. I talked about the gender confusion phenomenon and how, despite what people want to believe, the body does matter, and so many people who “transition” end up not happy, or even more unhappy. All of us want to escape the limitations of our body, we all have reasons to wish we were someone or something else, but that isn’t the way forward. I talked about Jesus’ wounds and our wounds being how we bear witness to his power. It eventually came back to the Eucharist, which is Jesus’ Body, to our body, making us into him; giving us resurrection power and resurrection life.

  4. Irish Timothy says:

    Our churches are closing, again, starting tomorrow, due to the Ontario governments need to keep us safe. My church in Alliston, Ontario is safer than a grocery store or Costco…..but I digress as Fr. Z would say. Pray for us in Canada please!

    Fr. Glass gave us a good sermon as always. He said now that we will be locked down again, we need to make good use of our time. Praying, reading scripture, acts of charity. We must use this time wisely as this is the time in history God has put us on the earth was the message today. He touched on the need for the Eucharist also and we cannot forget that, even with the lockdowns. Gave me plenty to think about and plan for I must say. I was sad heading into mass wondering when I would be back again, but felt better after hearing his sermon today.

  5. iPadre says:

    In the OF, “I look forward to the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come.” Our Lord rose from the dead to give us hope of eternal life. Our Lady shares in the resurrection already being body and soul in heaven. And we have the great hope of one day also having a glorified body in the kingdom. Everything good on earth will be much more glorious and beautiful in heaven.

    In the EF: There is nothing beyond the Good Shepherd’s knowledge. He knows our suffer, sickness, even our sins and never abandons us. He will leave the whole flock to lead us back to safety. He is the model for bishops and priests. Sometimes we are wolves in sheep clothing. That is why the people of God need to pray for us. That we may be conformed to the Good Shepherd. In all things, He will lead us out of darkness into the light of truth.

  6. Padre Pio Devotee says:

    TLM: 1) Christ is the ultimate Good Shepherd. 2)Pray for vocations to the priesthood and religious life. 3) Are we good shepherds in our own lives? Are we hirelings toward those in our family, work, those people who we are placed in charge of etc…
    3A)Parents (especially fathers) it is not enough to just place your children in religious education, you too must be a good shepherd and continue to teach your children the faith and virtues daily, while cusped with daily prayer.

    Side Note: Diocese of Honolulu lifted the Mass dispensation on Holy Thursday 2021. It’s is now obligatory for Catholics to attend Mass in the diocese of Honolulu (all of Hawaii).

  7. iamlucky13 says:

    Novus ordo. State allows 50% occupancy, with distance between households. The nave (I’m not sure if that term still applies to 60’s spaceship architecture?) was at or perhaps slightly exceeding that allowance, plus there were quite a few people in the narthex.

    Father talked about participating actively and intentionally at Mass. It’s not just the priest talking, but the priest praying on our behalf. This means not only paying attention to the readings and the sermons, and not even just paying attention to the prayers and saying our responses, but to treat Mass as an encounter with God.

    This is not easy, because we are human, and even the apostles had difficulty accepting the truth that Christ had risen from the dead, and so there are multiple accounts like this of fear and incredulity that Jesus had to dispel. Yet, ultimately, they were so deeply converted that most of them ultimately gave their lives in testimony.

  8. Charivari Rob says:

    Churches have been generally open here (with capacity/distancing protocols) since Pentecost last year. (Archdiocese of Boston)
    Definite bump-up in numbers of people at Mass recently – at least in my informal observations. After a local shutdown in the parish for a couple of Sundays in January during a post-holiday neighborhood case surge, Lent was up 10-20 % over Ordinary Time Sundays last fall, and these couple of Sundays since Easter have been an additional 10-20 percentage points over fall.

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