Your Sunday Sermon Notes: 24th and Last Sunday after Pentecost (Christ the King – 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 24th and Last Sunday after Pentecost (Christ the King 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?

I have a few thoughts about the Gospel HERE.

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9 Comments

  1. leftycbd says:

    Our pastor gave a homily as to how earthly kingship is temporary and requires sacrifice. Christ’s kingship is forever. He also discussed how his father was killed in Nigeria by those ‘in authority’. (Novus Ordo).

    We also had benediction after mass. ‘O salutaris hostia….’

  2. Charivari Rob says:

    Father preached a bit on martyrs – neatly illustrating the contrast of our relationship with Christ the King to our relationship to earthly powers. Context in this case being the local Vietnamese Apostolate had turned out in large numbers Saturday for a special Mass in observance of the anniversary of the Apostolate and the upcoming Feast Day (falls on Thanksgiving this year) of Saint Andrew Dung-Lac and Companions.

  3. Cornelius says:

    A good deed, though perhaps not a “point”: the young priest at our SSPX Mass (who preaches with a lot of passion) called out a young man who was sleeping during the sermon. “This kid here is sleeping, somebody wake him up”. Ouch. Glad I wasn’t snoozing.

    I’ve never seen a priest do that. This intense young priest doesn’t pull punches. He told us we looked like a bunch of Calvinist corpses. Ha!

    This young man certainly got my attention.

  4. RichR says:

    Our priest preached on Christ the conquering King whose mercy is our only hope for eternal life. He focused on how we all need to repent to receive this mercy.

    We also had pipe organ, polyphonic choir singing Palestrina, incense, chanted readings by one of our seminarians, Gospel chanted by the Deacon, and the Priest chanted Eucharistic Prayer I, altar boys only, and a procession to commemorate the opening of our diocese’s jubilee year. We processed to the Adoration Chapel while the choir chanted the Te Deum, and special doors were opened for the faithful to gain a plenary indulgence.

    Yes, the rites were gorgeous, but the call to conversion was even more powerful.

  5. Adam Piggott says:

    TLM of the Mater Boni Consilii in Trentino. A little church which the association recently purchased outright, but standing room only, and that was only the first of two services for the day. A ling line to confession before the start of the service.

  6. JonPatrick says:

    At the Melkite Divine Liturgy the homily was on the Gospel whichtrasted was of the foolish man who was totally concerned with building more barns for all of his possessions and eating and drinking and enjoying himself. The barns were his temple, his object of worship. He contrasted this with our Blessed Mother whose presentation in the Temple was coming up on Monday. How important it is to worship the true temple rather than at the temple of materialism as is so common today. The Gospel also made me think of how we can be called by God at anytime and have to give an account of our lives.

  7. Liz says:

    Our tiny oratory was full to overflowing. It seems like it cannot get more crowded and then it does on the next Sunday. Even the low masses are full. It’s very edifying after years of smaller crowds. Blessed be God!

  8. Imrahil says:

    TLM, feast of the Translation of the Relics of St. Corbinian patron of the diocese, Com. of the Sunday. (As I looked up, it’ll be 11 years until that’s a Sunday again.)

    There is an interesting dichotomy between the desire of many saints including this one to have time for God and God alone. St. Corbinian originally desired to be a hermit, but people have a tendency to be drawn to saintly hermits for their counsel and perhaps also simply because they feel that it’s good to be around them. This was actually no new thing, it has been the experience of all these eminent desert fathers and teachers of the Church; the preacher named a few including, I believe, St. Gregory of Nyssa. (I myself, if I remember rightly and he did not include him, mentally added “St. Anthony the Great” because I knew that from a legend about him.) So, St. Corbinian should’ve known better. Anyway, he then went off to Rome with the hope of finally finding, at the catacombs of the martyrs, his peace. But as you might have expected, knowledge about him soon traveled to the highest places, and the Pope sent him off to Bavaria. Even there, he considered himself founder of a complex of monasteries rather than a diocese; indeed actually, it would be someone else, St. Boniface, to formally, juridically found it, telling though it is that the people around had and still have a yet greater devotion to him rather than him. And even in death, he was not allowed to rest in his beloved South Tyrol as he wanted, expecting the resurrection of the flesh, but translated back to Freising.

    In this, though 1200 years past, he was actually facing a modern problem. He did not have an internet, he did not have a smartphone, but he did have the same problem we have of not finding the silence which is necessary to find God. While most of us won’t have the ability to take down our tents and go to Rome or a hermitage – which after all is something St. Corbinian wasn’t successful in, either -, we do have to carve out those little rooms where we leave the hectics and stress out in order to pray and ponder God’s mysteries. The lack of opportunities for that, coincidentally, is why so many people fall for far-Eastern spiritualities or their dumbed-down derivates like yoga and stuff: because people feel the need to “come to oneself”. About which, while the language is no doubt esoterical, but the thing is quite true from a Christian perspective also: we do need to come to ourself (in order to find God).

    It is rather unlikely that we will still be known for that when 1200 years have passed. However, it really is a desireable and not altogether impossible thing that, in some little manner, we do get something of that aura to shine into each’s own particular immediate environments.

  9. I wish my pastor (I’ll leave his name and our parish out so as to not cause any issues) would publish his homilies (at the Traditional Rite) since the entire corpus every one of his weekly offerings from the sign of the cross to its conclusion is so filled to overflowing with truth that I fear my poor lay insight would soon overflow your disk quota.

    Suffice it to say, his homilies are an incredible testament to fidelity to our Catholic Faith…which probably would not go down well in the normal suburban parish.

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