Monday, December 5, 2016

Sunday Sermon, Dec 4 - St Andrew, Disciple of St John the Baptist and Advent Saint (Father Ryan Erlenbush, Corpus Christi Parish)

The whole Church hears the cry of St John the Baptist to prepare the way of the Lord. St Andrew (together with St John the Evangelist) was the great disciple of St John the Baptist. Andrew is an example to us of responding to the preaching of St John to welcome the Messiah into our hearts.

Andrew was the first disciple called by the Lord in his public ministry, and he is known as the Apostle of the Cross. St Andrew reminds us that Jesus was born so that he might die upon the Cross -- this love inspires us to do penance during this season so as to be ready to welcome Jesus anew at Christmas.

Sunday Sermon, Nov 27 -- Advent Penance to Prepare for Christmas (Father Ryan Erlenbush, Corpus Christi Parish)

Advent is a season of penance in which we look to the coming of Christ in his first advent and his final advent -- in his incarnation born of Mary,  and at the end of time in the second coming and day of judgement.

Let Advent be Advent! Don't celebrate Christmas during Advent, but allow this to be a season of preparation. Then, fully celebrate Christmas when it is Christmas.

We do penance during Advent -- Prayer, Fasting, Almsgiving.

Daily Sermons, Nov 22-30 (Father Ryan Erlenbush, Corpus Christi Parish)

Sermons from daily Masses, November 22-30.
St Cecilia, Advent, St Andrew

Friday, November 25, 2016

Sunday Sermon, November 20 -- Three Responses to Mercy: The ruler, the wicked thief, and the good thief (Father Ryan Erlenbush, Corpus Christi Parish)

Sunday Sermon, November 20 -- Solemnity of Christ the King.

The conclusion to the Year of Mercy is today. Christ is the King of Mercy, and we see three responses to mercy: The ruler, the wicked thief and the good thief.

The ruler doesn't think he needs mercy. He rejects Jesus' teaching, and especially hates the Gospel for not being popular with the worldly. He symbolizes those today who don't think they have any sins, who don't go to confession, who think that the Church needs to "get with the times".

The wicked thief desires mercy, but sees mercy as a license for sin. He wants mercy as a way of escaping punishment, but not as a remedy for sin. He symbolized those today who say that mercy means giving communion to the divorced and remarried, and who don't want any consequence for sin.

The good thief accepts punishment as just, but hopes for something more. He desires mercy not as a way of avoiding justice, but as doing what justice alone could never do. Justice punishes sin, but mercy totally annihilates sin by bringing about true conversion. He symbolizes the one who experiences the grace of repentance and confesses his sin and truly strives to follow the Gospel.

The good thief reminds us that it is never too late to become a saint.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Daily Sermons, November 15-19 (Father Ryan Erlenbush, Corpus Christi)

Sermons from daily Masses, November 15-19.
St Albert, St Gertrude, St Elizabeth, Sts Peter and Paul.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Sunday Sermon, November 13 -- The Destruction of Jerusalem and the Day of Judgment (Father Ryan Erlenbush, Corpus Christi)

Sunday Sermon, 33rd Sunday of Ordinary Time.

In the year AD 66, St Simeon, the second bishop of Jerusalem, led the Christians out of the city of Jerusalem before the soon-to-be emperor Titus destroyed the city in 70 AD. Yet, God was merciful, for the Christians returned to perform works of charity after Titus left the city in ruins.

Jesus doesn't want us to be afraid of the day of Judgment. His second coming isn't a threat, it's a promise. If we are afraid of the Lord's return, either we need to recall his love or recognize that it is our lowliness and our misery call upon our mercy.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Daily Sermons, November 9-12 (Father Ryan Erlenbush, Corpus Christi Parish)

Daily homilies, November 9 through 12.
Worship, St Leo, St Martin, Monothelitism.