Sunday, January 31, 2016

Your Sunday Sermon Notes

Today the second reading is one of the most famous passages in the Bible. It includes this:
Love is patient and kind; love is not jealous or boastful; it is not arrogant or rude. Love does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrong, but rejoices in the right. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things
(1 Corinthians 13:4-7 RSV)

At least the sermon was related to the readings. Father began by saying how last week he had found some old birthday cards, and how they made him feel loved. He continued by saying everyone wants to be loved. He commented that this passage was often used in wedding ceremonies.

He quoted Pope Francis as saying, "Every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future." (Actually that quote originates with Oscar Wilde.)

It was short, and that's about all the Bear has to report.

The Bear's parish has begun reading announcements and having the occasional speaker immediately before Mass. Today it was a lady from the Catholic school who went on for about ten minutes. The idea that someone might want to try to get in the proper frame of mind and remain there seems not to have occurred to anyone.


  1. EF Mass. What kind of seed are you? To make it possible to open your heart to the Lord, it is critical to seek Him in the Liturgy, at Adoration and in the groups like the Holy League...that is the fertile and well tended soil.

  2. Homily? - Here goes, Bear.

    On 25 June 1967 Beatles released "All you Need is Love". Ergo, they were clearly inspired by St. Paul who urged Christians to follow this path (must have meant Christianity because the Fab Four weren't in the equation back then).

    I was disturbed to no end by the failure to necessarily define 'love' and failure to cite St. Paul at his grumpy best, as in Galatians 3:1:

    " O senseless Galatians, who has bewitched you; to whom, as before your very eyes, Jesus Christ has been portrayed, crucified [among you]?"

    There's a lot of other cranky stuff about the Antichrist, etc. in St. Paul's writings, but you get the drift.

    As they say in the States, St. Paul wasn't above opening a can of 'whup tushey' when the circumstances called for it.

    Such was the homily I sat through.

  3. Focused homily on Gospel reading. How Jesus preached the truth and his closest neighbors rejected Him. We too, evidently, have to preach the truth to our neighbors even if it is unpopular. Then the pastor led in to how former SF 49 Chris Borland retired and this somehow helps those who suffered from brain damaged due to football injury. Also, used the example of Ibsens Enemy of the People as another circumstance where someone was rejected when they tried to speak the truth and help his community. The pastor is big on relatable homiles. sigh.

    We also suffer from and extra 5 min of ave maria loudly from the chorus. Naturally, the chorus has to practice with live mics for 10 mins before Mass, too. As Bear notes, who needs quiet for prayer? Who needs quiet ever?

    Also, had a presentation of flowers and thanks to the chorus director lady in thanks for all her wunnerful wunnerful tunes. Of course, this had to come before the final blessing. Equally, lots of applause for this wunnerful gal!

    1. I am the choir director/ pianist/organist/ cantor lady at a novus ordo parish and there is nothing I hate worse than applause during Mass. I make sure there is only quiet slow organ music 8-10 minutes before Mass and follow the rule that all music between the gospel acclamation and the recessional hymn needs to be of a meditative, slower and more quiet nature. When I first came to this parish the choir liked to blare out a happy clappy anthem right before Mass and instead of something meditative for post communion, they blared out a happy clappy "song of praise." I changed all that when I came on and caught hell from many in the choir. Thank God we got a new priest that liked things the way I was doing it. And he likes it when we sing in Latin. Amazing. The most resistant choir members were some of the old ones who loveVat 2 and despise Latin.

      Seattle Kim

    2. The Bear's parish is addicted to applause, unfortunately. But what are people expected to do when you start of Mass with a speaker?

  4. The real issue is whether Fr said "One Corinthians" or "Two Corinthians."

    I went to Holy Family EF last two weeks. Reminded of pre-Lenten period of preparation. Gospel--parable of seeds on different surfaces. On the road back home by 9:50 am. Sweet. I hear that Sun mass at Jeff Barracks, St Bernadette, is 40 mins...novus ordo. I gotta check it out. That must mean minimal clap trap.

  5. So for my traditional calendar TLM, the epistle reading was possibly the longest in the whole missal and the Gospel reading was pretty long too. I kept waiting for Fr. B (a great man and great priest) to lose his place or fall off the podium due to the weight of words or something. But he soldiered on without a flub. His homily was in turn the shortest I have ever heard him give--no doubt so that the congregants could reach home by nightfall (the Mass began at 12:30). It consisted of (I only slightly exaggerate), "So, you might be the rocky soil or this soil or that soil but remember you can always change. In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen." I'm not dissing Fr. B here. I'm complimenting him. It was important that we could return home before nightfall.

  6. Our pastor, as I have commented before, speaks emphatically and insightfully on the readings from Sacred Scripture. He highlights the role of Our Blessed Mother every chance he gets. A good homilist and confessor is among the greatest of gifts that God can confer on anyone in this life, and not even the insidious ravings of the current Bishop of Rome can do any damage to the soul that truly entrusts itself to Jesus through Mary.

  7. i can only pick up bits and pieces of our heavily accented Indian priest. For some reason the life of St Elizabeth Ann Seaton was the subject of the first half. Then there was praise of Catholic schools as this is Catholic schools week.

    Seattle kim

  8. From the the 1st Reading - Jeremiah, "Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you". Fr. Dan gives us a wake-up call in that you can't get any more prolife than this. Then he looks at everyone and wonders how many priests were among the aborted, how many husbands, wives, scientists, best friends, etc...and then somehow looks everyone straight in the eye and tells us he knows there are women here in the pews who have had an abortion and are suffering. Come to Confession, repent and be healed. There are men, parents, grandparents who have contributed or participated in helping a woman get an abortion. Come to Confession, repent and be healed.
    Bear, there are good ones out there, I swear.

    1. The Bear's territory is dry and rocky, with few berries and no honey. But, it's where he is. He's glad many have better. But it has made him tough and cranky.

    2. Your perseverance in this territory will be rewarded and is a blessing to others.

  9. Our mass was said by a visiting missionary priest. His homily was about his mission work in Peru, which was very interesting, and he asked for our help in the second collection. So there was no time for his discourse on the readings. The second reading on love is one of my favorite bible verses. (We're in Central Valley California)

  10. Our pastor spoke about how St. Paul wasn't talking about greeting card love or sappy romantic love but sacrificial love (agape) and that we are challenged to love like Christ.

  11. At the end of his homily Fr talked about a parish he often visits while on vacation. He said he noticed that no one there leaves after communion. Indeed, they didn't leave until after the priest had walked down the aisle. At our parish, it's like a ghost town after communion. (I am exaggerating, but only a little.) He said, "We can do better. What are we in such a hurry for?". There is a couple who always sit in front of us and ALWAYS leave after communion. They stayed until the recessional.

  12. Yeah, the sappy picture was kind of a send up on how most people read it.


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