Your Sunday Sermon Notes: 10th Sunday after Pentecost (N.O. 20th Sunday)

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

Was there a GOOD point made in the sermon you heard at your Mass of obligation for the 10th Sunday after Pentecost (20th Ordinary in the Novus)?

Tell about attendance especially for the Traditional Latin Mass.  I hear that it is growing.  Of COURSE.

Any local changes or (hopefully good) news?

A few thoughts of my own, HERE.

Why and For What Am I Doing What I Am Doing?


My apologies for a rather briefer offering for the 10th Sunday after Pentecost, although I have in my mind’s eye an image of you doing a fist pump while exclaiming, “yesssss”.

This is in part a gesture of self-defense. In the Epistle reading, Paul tackles for the Corinthians the issue of idolatry. Idolatry is contrary to the “Spirit of God”. It is a way of saying “Anathema… Accursed”.. to Jesus. Invoking Pachamama or the Grandmother of the West in order to enter the “circle of spirits”, comes to mind, which prods me rather to reflect more about the Gospel than the Epistle for the sake of both space and my blood pressure.


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  1. Gregg the Obscure says:

    The young rector of the Cathedral continues to challenge and inspire.

    He opened by quoting a line from the Gospel where the Lord says “I have come to set the earth on fire and how I wish it were already blazing”. He drew on the imagery of fire and noted that everyone has an affinity for fire in one form or another be it candlelight, campfire, or hearth. He then quoted a line from the letter to the Hebrews: “we should offer worship pleasing to God in reverence and awe. For our God is a consuming fire.”

    He noted that the worship pleasing to God is that which He enjoined on us in saying “Do this in memory of Me”. He discussed reverence including both maintaining a prayerful attitude and suitable attire. His discussion of awe rambled about a considerable selection of the lovely art in the Cathedral, particularly noting stained glass images and highlights of the lives of Ss. Ambrose, Augustine, and Jerome.

    He said quite pointedly that we need the assistance of the great cloud of witnesses to help us attain sanctity and while we should imitate their deeds and actions, the Lord doesn’t want another St. Anthony of Padua. He already has one. He wants each and every one of us to be the unique saint He made us to be. To that end we must put aside every hinderance. For the Lord is a gentleman and will not force Himself on us.

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