Fr. Rick's Sermons

Jesus- The Great I Am
Sunday, April 28, 2013

   How many of you have heard of the musical group ?Black Eyed Peas?? Some people might be scratching their heads, thinking ?I never heard of them but I ate a lot of them during Lent.? This wildly famous hip hop band is led by world famous rapper ?William Adams.? Some of the young people might be saying, no Fr

Conscience- God's Voice Within Us
Sunday, April 21, 2013

   Two long-time friends, Polyxeni and Sophia, lived about fifty miles away from each other. One day Polyxeni drove to visit Sophia and spend the afternoon together. They had a great time catching up on all the latest in life. When it came time for Polyxeni to leave, Sophia saw her out to the car.

Patience
Sunday, April 14, 2013

   Customers at a supermarket were paying more and more attention to a man who was pushing a cart carrying a screaming baby. The man repeated softly: ?Don?t get excited, Ethan; don?t scream, Ethan; don?t yell, Ethan; keep calm, Ethan; be patient, Ethan?.

God's Kingdom Comes with Power
Sunday, April 07, 2013

   A little girl was told by her mother to return home directly after school was dismissed. However, she arrived home from school late almost every day, even as much as twenty minutes.

Bringing our Children to Christ
Sunday, March 31, 2013

   I was amused by the story I read in Bit and Pieces about Jack?s mother who ran into the bedroom when she heard him scream and found his two-year-old sister pulling his hair. She gently released the little girl?s grip and said comfortingly to Jack, ?There, there. She didn?t mean it.

See Coniaris ?Meet Jesus in the Sunday Gospels, vol. 1? p.31

   A few weeks ago we used the analogy of a courtroom to help understand God?s judgment. That context is helpful today as well.

Adam & Eve's Real Mistake
Sunday, March 17, 2013

   Today is Cheesefare Sunday. Having already begun our fast from meat this past week, today is the last day we eat cheese and dairy products before beginning the strict fast of Great and Holy Lent, which starts tomorrow on Clean/Pure Monday. More importantly, Cheesefare is also known as the Sunday of Forgiveness.

Judging & Final Judgment
Sunday, March 10, 2013

   The Minnesota state hockey tournament finished up this weekend.

How to Love God & Neighbor
Sunday, February 03, 2013

   What is the greatest commandment of God? This is the question posed to Jesus by the lawyer in today?s Gospel from the 15th Sunday of Matthew (22:35-46). Is this passage familiar? It should be. We also read it on the Eighth Sunday of Luke which typically occurs about mid-November.

A Man Up a Tree
Sunday, January 27, 2013

   Nearly everyone has heard the expression ?up a tree.? It?s like the other saying, ?up a creek without a paddle.? The implication is that if you?re up a tree, then you?re stuck with not an easy way down.

Spiritual Leprosy
Sunday, January 20, 2013

   A young boy had not spoken a single word in his first six years of life.

   After Jesus was baptized, and anointed by the Holy Spirit to become the Christ, the Messiah, what is the first thing He said? What was the topic of His first sermon? What did He preach? Jesus? first of many subsequent similar sermons was this: ?Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand? (Mt.4:17).

Theophany- Trinity Revealed
Sunday, January 06, 2013

   Our belief in the Holy Trinity--God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit?three persons, one God, where does it come from? Is it a belief that made up by some saint or theologian centuries ago? No, our Trinitarian belief is based on the deepest experience of humanity throughout our Judeo-Christian

Twelve Days of Christmas
Sunday, December 30, 2012

   How many of us are feeling Christmas fatigue? What is Christmas fatigue? Symptoms of Christmas fatigue might be: not wanting to go to another dinner party or social gathering; just wanting to stay home and not do anything; being tired of shopping; worrying did I get a gift for everyone; did I get the right gift;

The Holy Innocents
Sunday, December 23, 2012

   It was only nine days ago that one of the most unspeakable tragedies in the history of our country occurred. The murder of twenty innocent little school children and six adult educators took place on Friday December 14, 2012 at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

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