Gospel Sermons For Sundays After Pentecost (Middle Third)
In a vast field that stretched as far as the eye could see, a great multitude of people milled about waiting for something to happen. Quite unexpectedly a messenger came into the midst of the people and announced, "You are to walk around this field 25 times carrying a baton." The people were a bit mystified by these words and asked, "What will happen when we finish?" "You will learn the answer when you are done," came the reply. So the crowd ambled off to make its first lap of the field.
Crises in the Middle East, in the national economy, and in the church set the stage for the question of God and the impossible, which is the main theme of this issue of The Immediate Word. In today's lectionary text the woman with the flow of blood and Jairus are in desperate need of help. How can we effectively bring hope to those who face similar situations in our communities?
Bad news seems to be inevitable these days, and in a world of media saturation, it is difficult, if not impossible, to get away from it. Yet, we are called to believe the "good news" of Jesus Christ. How can we hold onto the good news in a world where there seems to be no good news left? Richard Gribble, CSC, will write the main article, with Scott Suskovic providing the response. Illustrations, liturgical aids, and a children's sermon are also provided.
The Good News is Always Present Richard Gribble, CSC Romans 8:28-30
Every day in our lives is a series of decisions. While some may be trivial, others carry with them a great deal of weight. As Christians, how much impact does our faith have when it comes to how we make choices? As we wrestle with choices, do we wrestle with God as well? Richard Gribble, CSC, will write the main article, with Stephen McCutchan providing the response. Illustrations, liturgical aids, and a children's sermon are also provided.
It's Decision Time: God or the World? Richard Gribble, CSC Genesis 32:23-31
One of the Pharisees asked Jesus to eat with him, and he went into the Pharisee's home and took his place at the table. And a woman in the city, who was a sinner, having learned that he was eating in the Pharisee's home, brought an alabaster jar of ointment. She stood behind him at his feet, weeping, and began to bathe his feet with her tears and to dry them with her hair. Then she continued kissing his feet and anointing them with the ointment.
Jesus also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and regarded others with contempt: "Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee, standing by himself, was praying thus, 'God, I thank you that I am not like other people: thieves, rogues, adulterers, or even like this tax collector.
Then Jesus told them a parable about the need to pray always and not to lose heart. He said, "In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor had any respect for people. In that city there was a widow who kept coming to him and saying, 'Grant me justice against my opponent.' For a while he refused; but later he said to himself, 'Though I have no fear of God and no respect for anyone, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will grant her justice, so that she may not wear me out by continually coming.' " And the Lord said, "Listen to what the unjust judge says.
The apostles said to Jesus, "Increase our faith!" The Lord replied, "If you had faith the size of a mustard seed, you could say to the mulberry tree, 'Be uprooted and planted in the sea,' and it would obey you.
Christopher Keating Dean Feldmeyer George Reed Ron Love Mary Austin
In this week’s lectionary gospel text, Jesus tells a parable that on the surface seems like a first-century investment seminar. Two slaves wisely invest the wealth they have been tasked with overseeing, and are commended for their efforts in producing more talents. The third, however, is gripped by fear -- and worried about losing the principal, guards its safety by burying it in the ground. But his approach is harshly judged by his master, who notes that at the very least he should have put it in the bank.
“well done, good and trustworthy slave...” (v. 23b)
Good morning boys and girls,
Thanks for joining me today. I love it when you come with happy eager faces to listen to God's word.
Did you know that God created you beautiful? God did. God created you and me beautiful in God's image. And one thing that being created in God's image means is that God placed one or more precious jewels inside of you. We call them gifts and talents.
Jack had a huge plastic bag full of conkers. He spent the whole of one evening with a skewer boring a hole in the conkers and threading each one on a piece of string. When he went to school next day he spent every spare minute in the playground playing conkers with his friends. He lost quite a few to start with, but he soon became very proficient, and watched with delight as his opponents' conkers gradually smashed and disappeared.
Like Deborah, the Israelite judge, we are called upon to reflect, to discuss, and to make decisions that lead to action. We have heard that we should not judge lest we be judged. However, there is a time for judgment when we are asked and after we have deliberated. Come, let us worship God.