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Read Fr. Randy's sermons from Sundays' Masses.

20 Aug 2017    Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost

This is the link to this morning's intercessory prayer, originally published and printed in Sojourners Magazine and written by Kaitlin Curtice

https://sojo.net/articles/prayer-torn-nation

 
13 Aug 2017    Tenth Sunday after Pentecost
 
6 Aug 2017    Ninth Sunday after Pentecost
 
30 Jul 2017    Eighth Sunday after Pentecost
 
16 Jul 2017    Sixth Sunday after Pentecost
 
9 Jul 2017    Fifth Sunday after Pentecost
 
2 Jul 2017    Independence Day Weekend Mass
 
25 Jun 2017    Third Sunday after Pentecost
 
18 Jun 2017    Father's Day
 
15 Jun 2017    Feast of Corpus Christi
 
11 Jun 2017    Trinity Sunday
 
4 Jun 2017    Pentecost Sunday
 
28 May 2017    Sunday after the Ascension
 
21 May 2017    Fifth Sunday after Easter
 
14 May 2017    Mother's Day
 
7 May 2017    Third Sunday after Easter
 
30 Apr 2017    Second Sunday after Easter
 
23 Apr 2017    First Sunday after Easter
 
16 Apr 2017    Easter Sunday
 
2 Apr 2017    Passion Sunday
 
26 Mar 2017    Fourth Sunday of Lent
 
19 Mar 2017    Third Sunday of Lent
 
12 Mar 2017    Feast of the Institution
 
5 Mar 2017    First Sunday of Lent
 
1 Mar 2017    Ash Wednesday
 
26 Feb 2017    Third Sunday of Pre-Lent
 
19 Feb 2017    Second Sunday of Pre-Lent
 
12 Feb 2017    First Sunday of Pre-Lent
 
5 Feb 2017    Fifth Sunday after Epiphany
 
29 Jan 2017    Fourth Sunday after Epiphany
 
22 Jan 2017    Third Sunday after Epiphany
 
15 Jan 2017    Second Sunday after Epiphany
 
8 Jan 2017    First Sunday after Epiphany
 
1 Jan 2017    Feast of the Circumcision
 
25 Dec 2016    Feast of the Nativity
 
18 Dec 2016    Fourth Sunday of Advent
 
11 Dec 2016    Third Sunday of Advent
 
8 Dec 2016    Feast of Divine Love
 
4 Dec 2016    Second Sunday of Advent
 
27 Nov 2016    First Sunday of Advent
 
20 Nov 2016    Interfaith Community Thanksgiving Service

The communities of Conway, Deerfield, Sunderland and Whately gathered at the South Deerfield Congregational Church to offer our thanks to God for the blessings bestowed upon our nation.  This is the sermon I preached.  Fr. R.

 
20 Nov 2016    Last Sunday after Pentecost
 
13 Nov 2016    Word of God Sunday
 
6 Nov 2016    Twenty Fifth Sunday after Pentecost
 
30 Oct 2016    Twenty Fourth Sunday after Pentecost
 
23 Oct 2016    Twenty Third Sunday after Pentecost
 
17 Oct 2016    Twenty Second Sunday after Pentecost
 
9 Oct 2016    Feast of the Christian Family
 
2 Oct 2016    Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost
 
25 Sep 2016    Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost
 
18 Sep 2016    18th Sunday after Pentecost
 
11 Sep 2016    Feast of Brotherly Love
 
4 Sep 2016    Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost
 
28 Aug 2016    Youth Sunday
 
21 Aug 2016    Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost
 
14 Aug 2016    Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost
 
31 Jul 2016    Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost
 
24 Jul 2016    Tenth Sunday after Pentecost
 
17 Jul 2016    Ninth Sunday after Pentecost
 
10 Jul 2016    Eighth Sunday after Pentecost
 
3 Jul 2016    Independence Day Weekend
 
26 Jun 2016    Sixth Sunday after Pentecost
 
20 Jun 2016    Father's Day
 
12 Jun 2016    Fourth Sunday after Pentecost
 
5 Jun 2016    First Holy Communion Sunday
 
29 May 2016    Corpus Christi Sunday
 
22 May 2016    Trinity Sunday
 
15 May 2016    Pentecost Sunday
 
8 May 2016    Mother's Day
 
1 May 2016    Fifth Sunday after Easter
 
24 Apr 2016    Fourth Sunday after Easter
 
17 Apr 2016    Third Sunday after Easter
 
10 Apr 2016    Second Sunday after Easter
 
3 Apr 2016    First Sunday after Easter
 
27 Mar 2016    Easter Sunday
 
13 Mar 2016    Passion Sunday
 
6 Mar 2016    Feast of the Institution

   The Feast of the Institution celebrates the founding of our church denomination in 1897.  It is usually celebrated on the second Sunday of March.  However, that date is Passion Sunday this year, and so we have chosen to translate the Feast Day Mass to the first Sunday of March.

 
28 Feb 2016    Third Sunday of Lent
 
21 Feb 2016    Second Sunday of Lent
 
14 Feb 2016    First Sunday of Lent
 
10 Feb 2016    Ash Wednesday
 
7 Feb 2016    Third Sunday of Pre-Lent
 
31 Jan 2016    Second Sunday of Pre-Lent
 
24 Jan 2016    First Sunday of Pre-Lent
 
17 Jan 2016    Second Sunday after Epiphany
 
10 Jan 2016    First Sunday after Epiphany
 
3 Jan 2016    Sunday after the New Year
 
27 Dec 2015    Feast of the Humble Shepherds
 
20 Dec 2015    Fourth Sunday of Advent
 
13 Dec 2015    Third Sunday of Advent
 
6 Dec 2015    Second Sunday of Advent
 
29 Nov 2015    First Sunday of Advent
 
22 Nov 2015    Last Sunday after Pentecost
 
15 Nov 2015    Word of God Sunday
 
8 Nov 2015    Twenty Fourth Sunday after Pentecost
 
1 Nov 2015    Twenty Third Sunday after Pentecost
 
25 Oct 2015    Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost
 
18 Oct 2015    Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost
 
11 Oct 2015    Feast of the Christian Family
 
4 Oct 2015    Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost
 
27 Sep 2015    Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost
 
20 Sep 2015    Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost
 
13 Sep 2015    Feast of Brotherly Love
 
6 Sep 2015    Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost
 
30 Aug 2015    Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost
 
23 Aug 2015    Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost
 
16 Aug 2015    Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost
 
9 Aug 2015    Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost
 
2 Aug 2015    Tenth Sunday after Pentecost
 
26 Jul 2015    Ninth Sunday after Pentecost
 
19 Jul 2015    Eighth Sunday after Pentecost
 
12 Jul 2015    Seventh Sunday after Pentecost
 
5 Jul 2015    Independence Day Weekend Mass
 
28 Jun 2015    Fifth Sunday after Pentecost
 
21 Jun 2015    Father's Day
 
14 Jun 2015    Third Sunday after Pentecost
 
7 Jun 2015    Corpus Christi Sunday
 
24 May 2015    Feast of Pentecost
 
17 May 2015    Sunday after the Ascension
 
10 May 2015    Mother's Day
 
3 May 2015    Fourth Sunday after Easter
 
26 Apr 2015    Third Sunday after Easter
 
19 Apr 2015    Second Sunday after Easter
 
12 Apr 2015    First Sunday after Easter
 
5 Apr 2015    Easter Sunday
 
29 Mar 2015    Palm Sunday
 
22 Mar 2015    Passion Sunday
 
15 Mar 2015    Fourth Sunday of Lent
 
8 Mar 2015    Feast of the Institution
 
1 Mar 2015    Second Sunday of Lent
 
22 Feb 2015    First Sunday of Lent
 
15 Feb 2015    Third Sunday of Pre-Lent
 
8 Feb 2015    Second Sunday of Pre-Lent
 
1 Feb 2015    First Sunday of Pre-Lent
 
25 Jan 2015    Third Sunday after Epiphany
 
18 Jan 2015    Second Sunday after Epiphany
 
11 Jan 2015    First Sunday after Epiphany
 
4 Jan 2015    Sunday after the New Year
 
28 Dec 2014    Feast of the Humble Shepherds
 
25 Dec 2014    Feast of the Nativity
 
21 Dec 2014    Fourth Sunday of Advent
 
14 Dec 2014    Third Sunday of Advent
 
7 Dec 2014    Second Sunday of Advent
 
30 Nov 2014    First Sunday of Advent
 
23 Nov 2014    Last Sunday after Pentecost
 
16 Nov 2014    Word of God Sunday
 
10 Nov 2014    Twenty Second Sunday after Pentecost
 
2 Nov 2014    Twenty First Sunday after Pentecost
 
26 Oct 2014    Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost
 
19 Oct 2014    Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost
 
12 Oct 2014    Feast of the Christian Family
 
5 Oct 2014    Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost
 
28 Sep 2014    Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost
 
21 Sep 2014    Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost
 
14 Sep 2014    Feast of Brotherly Love
 
7 Sep 2014    Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost
 
31 Aug 2014    Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost
 
24 Aug 2014    Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost
 
17 Aug 2014    Tenth Sunday after Pentecost
 
10 Aug 2014    Ninth Sunday after Pentecost
 
3 Aug 2014    Eighth Sunday after Pentecost
 
27 Jul 2014    Seventh Sunday after Pentecost
 
20 Jul 2014    Sixth Sunday after Pentecost
 
13 Jul 2014    Fifth Sunday after Pentecost
 
6 Jul 2014    Fourth Sunday after Pentecost
 
29 Jun 2014    Third Sunday after Pentecost
 
22 Jun 2014    Corpus Christi Sunday
 
15 Jun 2014    Trinity Sunday
 
8 Jun 2014    Pentecost Sunday
 
25 May 2014    Fifth Sunday after Easter
 
18 May 2014    Fourth Sunday after Easter
 
11 May 2014    Mother's Day
 
4 May 2014    Second Sunday after Easter
 
27 Apr 2014    First Sunday after Easter
 
20 Apr 2014    Feast of the Resurrection
 
6 Apr 2014    Passion Sunday
 
30 Mar 2014    Fourth Sunday of Lent
 
25 Mar 2014    Third Sunday of Lent
 
16 Mar 2014    Second Sunday of Lent
 
9 Mar 2014    Feast of the Institution
 
5 Mar 2014    Ash Wednesday
 
2 Mar 2014    Third Sunday of Pre-Lent
 
23 Feb 2014    Second Sunday of Pre-Lent
 
16 Feb 2014    First Sunday of Pre-Lent
 
9 Feb 2014    Fifth Sunday after Epiphany
 
2 Feb 2014    Fourth Sunday after Epiphany
 
26 Jan 2014    Third Sunday after Epiphany
 
19 Jan 2014    Second Sunday after Epiphany
 
12 Jan 2014    First Sunday after Epiphany
 
5 Jan 2014    Sunday after the New Year
 
29 Dec 2013    Feast of the Humble Shepherds
 
25 Dec 2013    Feast of the Nativity
 
22 Dec 2013    Fourth Sunday of Advent
 
15 Dec 2013    Third Sunday of Advent
 
8 Dec 2013    Second Sunday of Advent
 
1 Dec 2013    First Sunday of Advent
 
24 Nov 2013    Last Sunday after Pentecost
 
17 Nov 2013    Word of God Sunday
 
10 Nov 2013    Twenty Fifth Sunday after Pentecost
 
3 Nov 2013    Twenty Fourth Sunday after Pentecost
 
27 Oct 2013    Twenty Third Sunday after Pentecost
 
20 Oct 2013    Twenty Second Sunday after Pentecost
 
13 Oct 2013    Feast of the Christian Family
 
6 Oct 2013    Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost
 
29 Sep 2013    Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost
 
22 Sep 2013    Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost
 
15 Sep 2013    Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost
 
8 Sep 2013    Feast of Brotherly Love
 
31 Aug 2013    Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost
 
25 Aug 2013    Youth Sunday
 
18 Aug 2013    Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost
 
11 Aug 2013    Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost
 
4 Aug 2013    Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost
 
28 Jul 2013    Tenth Sunday after Pentecost
 
21 Jul 2013    Ninth Sunday after Pentecost
 
14 Jul 2013    Eighth Sunday after Pentecost

   After today's sermon, a parishioner and friend of the family described below asked the congregation to remember the family that was struck by tragedy in Haiti while they were on a humanitarian mission.  Their story is told in the news article below.

http://www.masslive.com/news/worcester/index.ssf/2013/07/clark_university_student_of_am.html

 
7 Jul 2013    Seventh Sunday after Pentecost
 
30 Jun 2013    Independence Day Weekend Mass
 
23 Jun 2013    FIFTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
 
16 Jun 2013    Father's Day

 
9 Jun 2013    Third Sunday after Pentecost
 
2 Jun 2013    Corpus Christi Sunday
 
26 May 2013    Trinity Sunday
 
19 May 2013    Pentecost Sunday
 
12 May 2013    Sunday after the Ascension
 
5 May 2013    Fifth Sunday after Easter
 
28 Apr 2013    Fourth Sunday after Easter
 
21 Apr 2013    Third Sunday after Easter
 
14 Apr 2013    Second Sunday after Easter
 
7 Apr 2013    First Sunday after Easter
 
31 Mar 2013    Easter Sunday
 
17 Mar 2013    Passion Sunday
 
10 Mar 2013    Feast of the Institution
 
3 Mar 2013    Third Sunday of Lent
 
24 Feb 2013    Second Sunday of Lent
 
17 Feb 2013    First Sunday of Lent
 
10 Feb 2013    Third Sunday of Pre-Lent
 
3 Feb 2013    Second Sunday of Pre-Lent
 
27 Jan 2013    First Sunday of Pre-Lent
 
20 Jan 2013    Second Sunday after Epiphany
 
13 Jan 2013    First Sunday after Epiphany
 
6 Jan 2013    Feast of the Epiphany
 
30 Dec 2012    Feast of the Humble Shepherds
 
25 Dec 2012    Feast of the Nativity
 
23 Dec 2012    Fourth Sunday of Advent
 
17 Dec 2012    Third Sunday of Advent

This sermon was not actually preached on December 16th.  The events of December 14th in Newtown, CTaltered the orientation of the Mass this particular Sunday.  The sermon was more of a discussion with the congregation.  This discussion can be viewed at fcat.tv, video on demand, once it is posted next weekend.

 
9 Dec 2012    Second Sunday of Advent
 
2 Dec 2012    First Sunday of Advent
 
25 Nov 2012    Last Sunday after Pentecost
 
18 Nov 2012    Word of God Sunday
 
11 Nov 2012    Twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost
 
4 Nov 2012    23rd Sunday after Pentecost
 
28 Oct 2012    Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost
 
21 Oct 2012    21st Sunday after Pentecost
 
14 Oct 2012    Feast of the Christian Family
 
7 Oct 2012    Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost
 
23 Sep 2012    Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost
 
16 Sep 2012    Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost
 
9 Sep 2012    Feast of Brotherly Love
 
2 Sep 2012    Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost
 
26 Aug 2012    Youth Sunday
 
19 Aug 2012    Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost
 
12 Aug 2012    Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost
 
5 Aug 2012    Tenth Sunday after Pentecost

This is the sermon that was only partially delivered this morning in an attempt to shorten Mass a bit on this extremely humid and uncomfortable morning.

 
29 Jul 2012    Ninth Sunday after Pentecost
 
22 Jul 2012    Eighth Sunday after Pentecost
 
15 Jul 2012    Seventh Sunday after Pentecost
 
8 Jul 2012    Sixth Sunday after Pentecost
 
1 Jul 2012    Fifth Sunday after Pentecost
 
24 Jun 2012    Fourth Sunday after Pentecost
 
17 Jun 2012    Father's Day
 
10 Jun 2012    Corpus Christi Sunday
 
3 Jun 2012    Trinity Sunday

June 3rd is both Trinity Sunday and First Holy Communion Sunday at the parish.  Re-printed here is the Trinity Sunday sermon preached at St. Valentine Parish in Northampton on Saturday evening June 2nd.  For anyone wishing to hear the impromptu First Holy Communion Sunday sermon, please watch the video at www.FCAT12.org.  Go to "videos on demand," scroll down to "Holy Name of Jesus," and then choose this Sunday's Mass.  This video will not be posted on that site, however, until later in the week.  Fr. Randy

 
27 May 2012    Pentecost Sunday
 
20 May 2012    Sunday after the Ascension
 
13 May 2012    Mother's Day

 

From today's Bulletin:

SOCIETY OF BROTHERLY LOVE

   After hearing today’s readings at Mass, after reading the Bp. Padewski pamphlet after Mass, let me broach an idea with you.  Early in our church Bp. Hodur organized a Society of Brotherly Love, which he described as having “no admission fees or monthly payments.  Its purpose is prayer [and] work in the Christian spirit of love …” (Hodur, p. 59)  As church we are continually asked to participate in charitable endeavours for the good of our neighbours.  I just received one for Safe Passage, which shelters victims of domestic violence.   We are asked to help with the Crop Walk, feeding the hungry, fundraising for St. Jude’s Hospital, the Meals on Wheels walk, etc.  And notice the two events listed below in the Bulletin.  Most of these we do not participate in as church because we don’t have the organization in place to respond.  Additionally, did you know that 50% of people under 30 do not count religion as very important in their lives?  For many of them it is because there is the appearance of a disconnect between what is preached in church and what is done by church.  So to those younger people, to my Confirmation class, to any of those who would like to see us put our faith to work in the community and for the community, I ask you to contact me about your interest.  I ask you to share this invitation with others, church or unchurched.  I have set aside time a week from Monday at 6:30pm IF we can get the Society of Brotherly Love off the ground here at Holy Name.  Let us hope that we can.  

 
6 May 2012    Fourth Sunday after Easter
 
29 Apr 2012    Third Sunday after Easter
 
22 Apr 2012    Second Sunday after Easter
 
15 Apr 2012    First Sunday after Easter
 
8 Apr 2012    Easter Sunday
 
25 Mar 2012    Passion Sunday
 
18 Mar 2012    Fourth Sunday of Lent
 
12 Mar 2012    Feast of the Institution
 
26 Feb 2012    First Sunday of Lent
 
19 Feb 2012    Third Sunday of Pre-Lent
 
12 Feb 2012    Second Sunday of Pre-Lent
 
5 Feb 2012    First Sunday of Pre-lent
 
29 Jan 2012    Fourth Sunday after Epiphany
 
22 Jan 2012    Third Sunday after Epiphany
 
15 Jan 2012    Second Sunday after Epiphany
 
8 Jan 2012    First Sunday after Epiphany
 
1 Jan 2012    Feast of the Humble Shepherds
 
25 Dec 2011    Feast of the Nativity
 
18 Dec 2011    Fourth Sunday of Advent
 
11 Dec 2011    Third Sunday of Advent
 
4 Dec 2011    Second Sunday of Advent
 
27 Nov 2011    First Sunday of Advent
 
20 Nov 2011    Word of God Sunday
 
13 Nov 2011    Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost
 
6 Nov 2011    Twenty First Sunday after Pentecost
 
23 Oct 2011    Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost
 
16 Oct 2011    Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost
 
9 Oct 2011    Feast of the Christian Family
 
2 Oct 2011    Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost
 
25 Sep 2011    Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost
 
18 Sep 2011    Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost
 
11 Sep 2011    Feast of Brotherly Love
 
4 Sep 2011    Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost
 
28 Aug 2011    Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost
 
21 Aug 2011    Tenth Sunday after Pentecost
 
14 Aug 2011    Ninth Sunday after Pentecost
 
7 Aug 2011    Eighth Sunday after Pentecost
 
31 Jul 2011    Seventh Sunday after Pentecost
 
25 Jul 2011    Sixth Sunday after Pentecost
 
17 Jul 2011    Fifth Sunday after Pentecost
 
10 Jul 2011    Fourth Sunday after Pentecost
 
3 Jul 2011    Third Sunday after Pentecost
 
19 Jun 2011    Trinity Sunday
 
12 Jun 2011    Pentecost Sunday
 
5 Jun 2011    Sunday after the Ascension
 
29 May 2011    Fifth Sunday after Easter
 
22 May 2011    ANS Convention & Fourth Sunday after Easter

     The Adoration Society Convention of the Eastern Diocese was held in Central Falls, RI on May 21st.  I was asked by Bp. Gnat to preach during the Mass.

     The sermon for Sunday follows the Convention's sermon.

 
15 May 2011    Third Sunday after Easter
 
8 May 2011    Mother's Day
 
1 May 2011    First Sunday after Easter
 
24 Apr 2011    Easter Sunday
 
10 Apr 2011    Passion Sunday
 
3 Apr 2011    Fourth Sunday of Lent

 
27 Mar 2011    Third Sunday of Lent
 
20 Mar 2011    Second Sunday of Lent
 
13 Mar 2011    Feast of the Institution
 
6 Mar 2011    Third Sunday of Pre-Lent
 
27 Feb 2011    Second Sunday of Pre-Lent
 
20 Feb 2011    First Sunday of Pre-Lent
 
13 Feb 2011    Sixth Sunday after Epiphany
 
6 Feb 2011    Fifth Sunday after Epiphany
 
30 Jan 2011    Fourth Sunday after Epiphany
 
23 Jan 2011    Third Sunday after Epiphany
 
16 Jan 2011    Second Sunday after Epiphany
 
9 Jan 2011    First Sunday after Epiphany
 
2 Jan 2011    Feast of the Humble Shepherds
 
25 Dec 2010    Feast of the Nativity
 
19 Dec 2010    Fourth Sunday of Advent
 
12 Dec 2010    Third Sunday of Advent
 
5 Dec 2010    Second Sunday of Advent
 
28 Nov 2010    First Sunday of Advent
 
21 Nov 2010    Word of God Sunday
 
14 Nov 2010    Twenty-Fifth Sunday after Pentecost
 
7 Nov 2010    Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Pentecost
 
31 Oct 2010    Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost
 
24 Oct 2010    Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost
 
17 Oct 2010    Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost
 
10 Oct 2010    Feast of the Christian Family
 
3 Oct 2010    Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost
 
26 Sep 2010    Eitghteenth Sunday after Pentecost
 
19 Sep 2010    Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost
 
12 Sep 2010    Feast of Brotherly Love
 
5 Sep 2010    Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost
 
29 Aug 2010    Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost
 
22 Aug 2010    Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost
 
15 Aug 2010    Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost
 
8 Aug 2010    Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost
 
1 Aug 2010    Tenth Sunday after Pentecost
 
25 Jul 2010    Ninth Sunday after Pentecost
 
18 Jul 2010    Eighth Sunday after Pentecost
 
17 Jul 2010    Women's Ordination
 
11 Jul 2010    Seventh Sunday after Pentecost
 
4 Jul 2010    Independence Day
 
27 Jun 2010    Fifth Sunday after Pentecost
 
20 Jun 2010    Father's Day
 
13 Jun 2010    Third Sunday after Pentecost
 
6 Jun 2010    Corpus Christi Sunday
 
30 May 2010    Trinity Sunday
 
24 May 2010    Pentecost Sunday
 
16 May 2010    Sunday after the Ascension
 
9 May 2010    Mother's Day
 
2 May 2010    Fourth Sunday after Easter
 
25 Apr 2010    Third Sunday after Easter
 
18 Apr 2010    Second Sunday after Easter
 
11 Apr 2010    First Sunday after Easter
 
4 Apr 2010    Easter Sunday
 
21 Mar 2010    Passion Sunday
 
14 Mar 2010    Feast of the Institution
 
7 Mar 2010    Third Sunday of Lent
 
28 Feb 2010    Second Sunday of Lent
 
21 Feb 2010    First Sunday of Lent
 
14 Feb 2010    Third Sunday of Pre-Lent
 
7 Feb 2010    Second Sunday of Pre-Lent
 
31 Jan 2010    First Sunday of Pre-Lent
 
24 Jan 2010    Third Sunday after Epiphany
 
17 Jan 2010    Second Sunday after Epiphany
 
10 Jan 2010    First Sunday after Epiphany
 
3 Jan 2010    Sunday after the New Year
 
27 Dec 2009    Feast of the Humble Shepherds
 
26 Dec 2009    Feast of the Nativity
 
20 Dec 2009    Fourth Sunday of Advent
 
13 Dec 2009    Third Sunday of Advent
 
6 Dec 2009    Second Sunday of Advent
 
29 Nov 2009    First Sunday of Advent
 
22 Nov 2009    Last Sunday after Pentecost
 
16 Nov 2009    Word of God Sunday
 
8 Nov 2009    Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost
 
1 Nov 2009    Feast of All Saints
 
25 Oct 2009    Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost
 
18 Oct 2009    Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost
 
11 Oct 2009    Feast of the Christian Family
 
4 Oct 2009    Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost
 
27 Sep 2009    SEVENTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
 
20 Sep 2009    Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost
 
13 Sep 2009    FEAST OF BROTHERLY LOVE
 
6 Sep 2009    FOURTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
 
30 Aug 2009    THIRTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
 
23 Aug 2009    TWELFTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
 
16 Aug 2009    ELEVENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
 
9 Aug 2009    TENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
 
2 Aug 2009    NINTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
 
26 Jul 2009    EIGHTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
 
19 Jul 2009    SEVENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
 
12 Jul 2009    SIXTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
 
12 Jul 2009    Cathedral of the Pines Service
 
5 Jul 2009    FIFTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
 
28 Jun 2009    FOURTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
 
21 Jun 2009    FATHER’S DAY
 
7 Jun 2009    TRINITY SUNDAY
 
31 May 2009    FEAST OF PENTECOST
 
24 May 2009    SIXTH SUNDAY AFTER EASTER
 
17 May 2009    FIFTH SUNDAY AFTER EASTER
 
10 May 2009    MOTHER’S DAY
 
3 May 2009    THIRD SUNDAY AFTER EASTER
 
26 Apr 2009    SECOND SUNDAY AFTER EASTER
 
19 Apr 2009    FIRST SUNDAY AFTER EASTER
 
12 Apr 2009    EASTER SUNDAY
 
5 Apr 2009    PALM SUNDAY
 
29 Mar 2009    PASSION SUNDAY
 
22 Mar 2009    FOURTH SUNDAY OF LENT
 
15 Mar 2009    THIRD SUNDAY OF LENT
 
8 Mar 2009    FEAST OF THE INSTITUTION
 
1 Mar 2009    FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT
 
22 Feb 2009    THIRD SUNDAY OF PRE-LENT
 
15 Feb 2009    SECOND SUNDAY OF PRE-LENT
 
8 Feb 2009    FIRST SUNDAY OF PRE-LENT
 
25 Jan 2009    THIRD SUNDAY AFTER EPIPHANY
 
18 Jan 2009    SECOND SUNDAY AFTER EPIPHANY
 
11 Jan 2009    FIRST SUNDAY AFTER EPIPHANY
 
4 Jan 2009    SUNDAY AFTER THE NEW YEAR
 
25 Dec 2008    FEAST OF THE NATIVITY
 
21 Dec 2008    FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT
 
14 Dec 2008    THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT
 
7 Dec 2008    SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT
 
30 Nov 2008    FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT
 
23 Nov 2008    LAST SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
 
16 Nov 2008    WORD OF GOD SUNDAY
 
9 Nov 2008    TWENTY-SIXTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
 
2 Nov 2008    TWENTY-FIFTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
 
26 Oct 2008    Bp. Gnat’s 50th and 30th Anniversaries
 
26 Oct 2008    TWENTY-FOURTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
 
19 Oct 2008    TWENTY-THIRD SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
 
12 Oct 2008    FEAST OF THE CHRISTIAN FAMILY
 
5 Oct 2008    TWENTY-FIRST SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
 
21 Sep 2008    NINETEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
 
14 Sep 2008    FEAST OF BROTHERLY LOVE
 
7 Sep 2008    SEVENTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
 
31 Aug 2008    SIXTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
 
24 Aug 2008    FIFTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
 
17 Aug 2008    FOURTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
 
10 Aug 2008    THIRTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
 
3 Aug 2008    TWELFTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
 
27 Jul 2008    ELEVENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
 
23 Jul 2008    YOUTH CONVOCATION SERMON
 
20 Jul 2008    TENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
 
13 Jul 2008    NINTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
 
6 Jul 2008    EIGHTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
 
29 Jun 2008    SEVENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
 
22 Jun 2008    SIXTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
 
15 Jun 2008    FATHER’S DAY
 
8 Jun 2008    Fourth Sunday after Pentecost
 
1 Jun 2008    Third Sunday after Pentecost & First Holy Communion
 
1 Jun 2008    Third Sunday after Pentecost (Polish Mass Sermon)
 
25 May 2008    Second Sunday after Pentecost
 
22 May 2008    Feast of Corpus Christi
 
18 May 2008    TRINITY SUNDAY
 
11 May 2008    PENTECOST SUNDAY
 
4 May 2008    SUNDAY AFTER THE ASCENSION
 
27 Apr 2008    FIFTH SUNDAY AFTER EASTER
 
20 Apr 2008    FOURTH SUNDAY AFTER EASTER
 
13 Apr 2008    THIRD SUNDAY AFTER EASTER
 
6 Apr 2008    SECOND SUNDAY AFTER EASTER
 
30 Mar 2008    FIRST SUNDAY AFTER EASTER
 
23 Mar 2008    EASTER SUNDAY
 
16 Mar 2008    PALM SUNDAY
 
9 Mar 2008    PASSION SUNDAY
 
2 Mar 2008    FEAST OF THE INSTITUTION
 
24 Feb 2008    THIRD SUNDAY OF LENT
 
17 Feb 2008    SECOND SUNDAY OF LENT
 
10 Feb 2008    FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT
 
3 Feb 2008    THIRD SUNDAY OF PRE-LENT
 
27 Jan 2008    SECOND SUNDAY OF PRE-LENT
 
13 Jan 2008    FIRST SUNDAY AFTER EPIPHANY
 
6 Jan 2008    FEAST OF EPIPHANY
 
30 Dec 2007    FEAST OF THE HUMBLE SHEPHERDS
 
25 Dec 2007    FEAST OF THE NATIVITY
 
23 Dec 2007    THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT
 
16 Dec 2007    No Sermon (Bad Snow Storm)
 
9 Dec 2007    SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT
 
2 Dec 2007    FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT
 
25 Nov 2007    LAST SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
 
18 Nov 2007    WORD OF GOD SUNDAY
 
11 Nov 2007    TWENTY-FOURTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
 
4 Nov 2007    TWENTY-THIRD SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
 
28 Oct 2007    TWENTY-SECOND SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
 
21 Oct 2007    TWENTY-FIRST SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
 
14 Oct 2007    TWENTIETH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
 
7 Oct 2007    NINETEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
 
30 Sep 2007    EIGHTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
 
23 Sep 2007    SEVENTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
 
16 Sep 2007    SIXTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
 
9 Sep 2007    FEAST OF BROTHERLY LOVE
 

“Then God said:  ‘Take your son Isaac, your only son, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah.  There you shall offer him up as a holocaust ...’”  (Gen. 22:2)                      In the name …

You know how sometimes weird things can stick in your memory?  Well, the story of Abraham and Isaac is one of those for me.  I have no idea how old I was, but I remember seeing in a picture-Bible a drawing of this story.  Probably not unlike the one on today’s Song Sheet.  I can even now still remember thinking to myself as a child that Abraham must be a bad man.  I think that memory stuck in my head because once I read the story I must have been startled by the fact that God was holding him up as a paradigm of faithfulness.  I think that child’s intuition carries forward, and I imagine that even a lot of adults have qualms with the story of Isaac’s sacrifice.  No matter how much we try to sugarcoat it by saying that God stopped the killing at the last minute, I think many people of faith are still bothered, if not angered, by this story.

We need to remember that Abraham is an old man and his wife Sarah is an old woman.  They are childless until very late in life when God promises them a son.  There will be no other.  This is the child, who when addressing Abraham, God refers to in today’s reading as: “your only son, [the one] whom you love.”  We should also note that Sarah is not a party to this plan.  Abraham doesn’t tell his wife or even his son Isaac what God intends for him to do.  Feminist theologians write that Abraham couldn’t have told Sarah about the plan to sacrifice their son because Sarah would have sacrificed Abraham before she would ever let him kill Isaac!  They argue that from a male perspective this may have been a test of Abraham’s faithfulness as obedience, but from a mother’s perspective this would have been a test of faithfulness as love.  Sarah would not have simply complied.  Sarah would have asked what kind of a god gives a child and then orders him killed by a parent.  Sarah wouldn’t look at it as a test of faith to be followed through no matter what, and look at all the trouble that kind of obedience has got us into throughout history.  She would have seen it as a test of love as to whether she would even face down the Almighty to protect her child.

I think there is a lot of merit in this scenario.  We can say that God held Abraham’s hand at the last second, but unless Abraham and Isaac, and for that matter even God Himself, are only cardboard cut-outs, there would have to be psychological consequences to this test of faith that would never disappear.  Could Abraham ever be the same after putting the blade to his own child’s throat?  Could Sarah ever love him after she discovered his secret?  Could Isaac ever trust his father?  Could God not be affected by all that He had forced upon this family, and how would this family look upon God? 

We have a baptism after Mass this morning.  A beautiful child for whom the snowstorms stopped for this one Sunday morning.  Don’t hear today’s story as only Abraham and Isaac from long ago.  See it through the example of a father and mother who today have come to church to bring their child to God.  In their context, isn’t Sarah’s test of faith as motherly love much more holy than Abraham’s blind obedience?  And before we answer that question, let’s add in the story of Abraham’s walk with God.  Genesis 18 tells us about God’s promise to grant Abraham and Sarah a son.  Isaac is then born in chapter 21, and chapter 22 tells us about the sacrifice as a test of faith.  Right in the middle of that mix though is the story of Sodom and Gomorrah.  God walks with Abraham and reveals that He is about to destroy those two cities.  Abraham doesn’t just accept this judgment.  He barters with God.  Suppose there are 50, then 45, 40, 30, 20, all the way down to10 innocent people in those cities, says Abraham, will you still destroy them?  And God promises to refrain.  Abraham challenged God about Sodom and Gomorrah, but said nothing about Isaac?  So is Sarah’s test of love all that unthinkable as an alternative to Abraham’s silent submission?  I don’t think so.

And if Abraham is depicted as so caring in the story of Sodom and Gomorrah, more like Sarah than a knife-wielding, obedienced-crazed father, can’t we also ask if God has a Sarah-side to Him too?  This isn’t blasphemy because God is not male or female.  We have to use these designations of gender because we need to have some way of speaking about the nature of God, but God is no more a physical man than He is a woman.  God is God.  And mystics through the centuries have referred to God not only as Father, but also as Mother when speaking of God’s compassion and creativity.  With this in mind I would like to translate the story of Isaac’s sacrifice to that of Jesus’ cross.  The purpose of today’s story of the Transfiguration is to give proof of Jesus’ divinity before the cross. The resurrection will prove it after the cross, but the Transfiguration reminds us that the glory of God was always there.  When Jesus goes to the cross, says the Transfiguration, God submits to the whole experience. 

This obviously means that God in Jesus knows personally the physical, emotional and psychological ordeal that is human death.  But there’s another component of the ordeal of death that we don’t discuss as often.  When Jesus screams in desperation from the cross, “My God, my God, why hast Thou forsaken me?” God is on the other end of the cry.  God in heaven is in a position to intervene, but unlike with Abraham and Isaac, this time He does not.  I don’t see the cross as God sacrificing Jesus, like Abraham was prepared to do with Isaac.  I see in it the final testimony of Jesus’ human life.  When God in heaven doesn’t answer Jesus’ cry, God feels what it is to be helpless.  This is the compassion expressed in the idea of God as mother, as like Sarah.  Anyone sitting in a hospital room watching a loved one knows what God as mother felt.  Lent is not only about the suffering of Jesus’ death as one of us.  It’s also about the suffering of helplessness experienced by God almighty.  What Abraham, as severe and unimaginable a test as it was, did not have to endure, God in heaven did.  This speaks to the depth of God’s love for each of us, a love that deserves our love in return.  May this Lent help us to better appreciate the Saviour and the God whom we worship.  In Jesus’ name we pray.  Amen.  (+)

 

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