Posts tagged “Reminiscere – Lent 2

Sermo Dei: Reminiscere 2017

Posted on March 13th, 2017

“That was a nice prayer.” When people say that to me, I know I’ve failed. Prayer is not supposed to be nice. Prayer is confident desperation, shouted in the dark, or whispered while trembling. Our prayers are too nice. In fact, they are so polite, they are rude. What else do you call it when our prayer before meals is rattled off like an auctioneer? Do you say the Lord’s Prayer with the enthusiasm of a funeral director reading the phone book? Are your private prayers basically a Hail Mary pass – it probably won’t work but you might as well try it? Enough with polite, respectful, “nice” prayers! They betray an uncertainty that God is listening or will answer our prayer. This Canaanite…

Sermo Dei: Reminiscere 2015

Posted on March 26th, 2015

I was in the emergency room visiting someone, when a woman’s voice crackled through the din: “Is there anybody here to care about me?” The voice was of a person in pain not only in body but in mind: nobody will help. “Is there anybody here to care about me?” There was no one. The hospital was slammed, the doctors and nurses where shouting and scurrying, and they could not keep up. “Is there anybody here to care about me?” The particularities change, but that question that is on all of our minds as we sojourn through a world gone wrong, a globe fractured by abusers and abused. “Is there anybody here to care about me?” The Canaanite woman in today’s Gospel (Matthew 15:21-28)…

[Sermo Dei] Reminiscere: Wrestling with God (Lent 2, Genesis 32:22-32)

Posted on February 24th, 2013

As a little boy, I was in a big hurry to get home from church on Sunday mornings, because All-Star Wrestling came on at noon, where I would watch the likes of Jesse “The Body” Ventura, who later body-slammed his way into the governor’s mansion in Minnesota. The low-brow theater of so-called professional wrestling casts a simple good-versus-evil motif. The wrestling match depicted in today’s Old Testament reading could not be more different, for Jacob encounters God, who is good, wearing the mask of evil. God makes Himself Jacob’s enemy, and in the time of Jacob’s greatest need comes on the scene to fight Jacob. Everything in Jacob’s life has been preparing him for this moment. He was named “Jacob,” meaning “deceiver” or “supplanter”…

Sermo Dei: Reminiscere 2012

Posted on March 4th, 2012

Increasingly, faith is falling out of fashion. A person with faith is a person without reason. A person with faith is a person without tolerance. A person with faith is a person with a closed mind. Faith is blind, faith is irrational, faith is for fools. For now, you may exercise your faith at home or at church, but it dare not make an appearance anywhere else, nor form your decisions about anything you do or say outside of home or church. The acceptable form of faith is entirely private and subjective. If your faith leads you to make any judgments about right and wrong, you best not share them, for if you express your judgments, you will be judged. But the culture’s view…

Reminiscere sermon

Posted on March 27th, 2011

From 3/20/2011 “The promise is to you and to your children.” Thus said the Apostle Peter to the crowd assembled in Jerusalem for Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit was poured out on the disciples of Jesus. That same Holy Spirit, said St. Peter to the crowd convicted of their sins—that same Holy Spirit is offered to you and to your children, with the forgiveness of sins. And not for your sins only, but also for all that you have inherited from Adam. Little EvaMarie, like every child born of woman, draws the infant breath into a body of death. So “the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are far off,” assuring us that the promise made by the…