Your Sunday Sermon Notes: 20th Sunday after Pentecost (30th Ordinary – N.O.)

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 19h Sunday after Pentecost (29th 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?



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  1. Jim Dorchak says:

    Well we went to Saturday evening Mass here in Chile. Wash and repeat same sermon from last Saturday. Very obvious that it was from the hip even though the Priest was sitting down.
    The gist of the sermon was, social justice practices and application, walking with Jesus TOGETHER, accompanying other people who are odd, loving everyone, Jesus loves us, being open to different life styles, yadda yadda, yawn….
    The Mass was all about N.O. and all sprayed and masked as required!

    We trust in God but not enough at Mass to put our lives all the way in his hands.

  2. dholwell says:

    I visited another parish this weekend for the Vigil Mass. The celebrant is a saintly priest battling a debilitating disease but still celebrating Mass (a deacon helps move his hands).

    He summarized the Gospel saying be humble, be simple, be honest, and applied this to both ora et labora.

    The church was full.

    Very moving.

  3. Gregg the Obscure says:

    OF at the Cathedral. Awesome homily on humility, taking as its starting point the reading of the Pharisee and the Publican. Father mentioned, in very general terms of course, insights from his years of hearing confessions, of two different types of sins against humility. all of us obviously recognize pridefulness and self-righteousness as sins against humility, but he also brought up the sin against humility of comparing our life with what little we can see of the lives of others. humility is to see one’s self as the Lord sees him or her. Father pointed out the relationship between humility and gratitude – particularly gratitude for the graces we receive in the Sacraments and our service to others. as is his wont, he exhorted all of us to make frequent use of the confessional.

  4. Kentucky Gent says:

    “Was there a GOOD point made in the sermon you heard at your Mass of obligation for the 19h Sunday after Pentecost (29th Ordinary in the Novus)?”

    I think yes. Father led with an observation about the Gospel reading (the parable of the pharisee and the tax collector praying).

    The Pharisee, supposed to be a religious leader, was actually “thanking God” that he wasn’t as bad as all the people he was supposed to lead! How can you lead souls to God if you have scorn for them?

  5. Charivari Rob says:

    World Mission Sunday
    Father tied-in nicely with a short homily on the dangers of complacency – a Church that neglects evangelization and Mission is in error just as the Pharisee was – and emphasized the realities of sin, confession, death, and Judgment as central to the question.

  6. Kentucky Gent says:

    “Tell about attendance especially for the Traditional Latin Mass.”

    Oops, I omitted this in my previous post. Attendance was good, if slightly less than I expected. But this isn’t alarming, since I went to the later mass, and the earlier mass is well-attended in this parrish.

    Haven’t been to a TLM in a couple of months, since the closest is 22 miles away.

  7. thomas.merkle says:

    Father B preached on several key points to note between the story of the ruler whose son was sick, but demanded Jesus come in person, vs. the Centurion whose statement of faith we repeat thrice before every communion, “Domino non sum dignus,” and the progress of faith we should be working for. Highlighted that many in the church today seek after some private revelation or immediate prophecy but the public revelation ended with the death of John, and we should seek after what the words of public revelation lead us to, a trust in the word of Christ and the humility to trust in the Lord’s providence in our life.

  8. JonPatrick says:

    Visiting family led to a rare opportunity to attend the Mass of the Ages at St. Mary Providence RI (FSSP). Church was very full for the 8am low mass. Do we need signs in order to believe? Yet we do have baptism and the eucharist. I was admittedly distracted by the family with 5 adorable children seated at the pew in front of us. One little one who looked very serious and appeared to be totally following the mass. My wife remarked afterward “he will probably be a priest someday”. I hope so we need them!

  9. Imrahil says:

    Vetus Ordo here. 20th Sunday after Pentecost, 2nd prayers of the votive Mass for the propagation of the faith, 3rd prayers of the feast of St. Anthony M. Claret. (Our celebrant likes to go a bit for 1954-style, even with feasts that did not in 1954 exist.)

    The sermon was on the Introit and for World Mission Sunday: The Jewish captives in Babylon cry because they have no Temple etc and are, in this sense, far from God. This, they say, is the result of their neglecting the temple-worship, among other things. We do not at present have this problem, but:

    1. We might in the future. Indeed Churches are emptying themselves, etc. It will be a punishment for our neglecting the worship. There is this person who commits a mortal sin and supposes (“for he has still faith enough for that“) he will find a Confessor tomorrow. But it’s not a given that one finds a Confessor tomorrow; and in any case even in our present happy Confessor-availability (my words, but it was along these lines), who knows whether he’ll have time to Confess tomorrow?

    2. Other places don’t, at present. Consider this missionary somewhere in the bush, far off civilization who is on the brink of losing himself the Faith that he is supposed to bring to other people. Let us help by prayer and sacrifices (I don’t quite recall whether he said “prayer and”): Whenever there is something that pains us, some sacrifice we might bring, etc., we might think that somewhere on the planet there is a missionary who is suffering. – Oh, and by the way, at the entrance of the Church there are these flyers of these missionaries one of whom was here and talked about his work. They really do propagate the undiluted faith, so, etc. (Coming to think of it the preacher very nicely avoided the words “money” and “donation”.)

    Very impressive, as always with this preacher, though I dilute it in the comments I guess.

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