It’s not enough to avoid doing evil

Sermon 29 Sep 2019

It’s not enough to avoid doing evil by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  We ask for much in prayer, and God wants us to ask. We have seen Him answer prayers, but there are many prayers that remain unanswered.  Could it be that He is waiting for us to be faithful in what is least, to show that we will be faithful also in much?  The rich man in the Gospel parable didn’t do any evil, yet he spent eternity in Hades because he failed to do good.  Jesus warned, “Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees” (who displayed outward dedication but whose hearts were empty tombs) “and the Sadducees” (who compromised the faith to support their great wealth and preserve their status).  They thought performance of the rites was all God required, and with that finished they could do whatever they pleased.  Don’t make the same mistake.

Lectionary:  Amos 6:1-7; Psalm 146:1-10; 1 Timothy 6:17-19; Luke 16:19-31

Referenced Scriptures:  Matthew 13:8; Luke 16:10-13; Revelation 3:14-22; Matthew 6:19-21, 24; Matthew 16:26-27; Matthew 16:6, 8

Recording – Exhortation during worship:  https://1drv.ms/u/s!AvYHlhfoSlmRoyDwRJJHDVFa8P4G?e=xgL4SF

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Are you a prostitute?

Sermon 22 Sep 2019

Are you a prostitute? by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  The Gospel tells of a dishonest manager praised for his shrewd preparations for judgment.  Bp. Elmer Belmonte gives us counsel on the history of the ICCEC.  The Old Testament reading warns what happens when we abuse the poor and kill the innocent.  Are we faithful to obey (a) those God places in authority over us, or (b) only those who pay us to obey?  If the answer is (b), there’s a word for that.

Lectionary:  Amos 8:4-12; Psalm 113; 1 Timothy 2:1-8; Luke 16:1-12

Referenced Scriptures:  Matthew 6:19-21; John 17:21; Hebrews 13:17

Recording – Sermon:  https://1drv.ms/u/s!AvYHlhfoSlmRoxz9wTVty-ogjmUp?e=NlZTm8

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And they shall become one flesh

Sermon 21 Sep 2019         Holy Matrimony of Wyman Hau and Liezl Macasling

And they shall become one flesh by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  What we do today in this place is not a cultural ceremony, a series of ritual acts symbolizing meaningful ideas. It is not a legal ceremony sanctioned by the government.  What we do today in this time and in this place is so much more….

Lectionary:  Genesis 2:4-9,15-24; Psalm 127; 1 Corinthians 13:1-13; Matthew 7:21, 24-29

Recording – Sermon:  https://1drv.ms/u/s!AvYHlhfoSlmRox47kqN0hDIibWG3?e=8hbuWl

More rejoicing in heaven

Sermon 15 Sep 2019

More rejoicing in heaven by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  In today’s readings we hear the heart of Moses, the heart of David, and the heart of Paul, all of whom were touched by God.  In the Gospel we hear the heart of God in Jesus Christ.  When we receive Jesus Christ we are transformed, and God is beginning that work of transformation in baptism today.

Lectionary:  Exodus 32:7-14; Psalm 51:1-19; 1 Timothy 1:12-17; Luke 15:1-10

Referenced Scriptures:  Acts 13:22; Romans 8:28-29

Recording – Sermon:  https://1drv.ms/u/s!AvYHlhfoSlmRoxpjjr6SWCYuGTLZ?e=QyNKN7

The insatiable hunger for recognition

Sermon 01 Sep 2019

The insatiable hunger for recognition by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  Why would someone exalt himself in the king’s presence?  Why would someone take the place of greatest honour for himself?  In our day the culture has a new defining force, a mission to be accomplished, an extreme hunger that must be satisfied but never is: to be recognized.  It’s not about making a difference but being known, being followed.  But where does our true value reside?

Lectionary:  Proverbs 25:6-12; Psalm 112; Hebrews 13:1-8; Luke 14:1, 7-14

Referenced Scriptures:  Isaiah 59:12b-15; John 14:6

Recording – Sermon:  https://1drv.ms/u/s!AvYHlhfoSlmRoxDTa1ozvV-B3KGs?e=apfUS3

Invest in your new covenant

Sermon 25 Aug 2019

Invest in your new covenant by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  Psalm 18 describes God’s response to a cry for help – how He wants to respond, and how we would like Him to respond.  Do we experience this?  We are in covenant with Him, a covenant requiring works performed by both parties.  Are you investing in your covenant?

Lectionary:  Isaiah 66:18-21; Psalm 46; Hebrews 12:25-29; Luke 13:22-30 (sermon not from lectionary)

Referenced Scriptures:  Psalm 18:1-39; 2 Samuel 22:2-39; Hebrews 8:6-10; Ephesians 5:25

Recording – Sermon:  https://1drv.ms/u/s!AvYHlhfoSlmRonXG12BV0yWUYqam?e=d1f8dQ

Maturity in Christ

Sermon 18 Aug 2019

Maturity in Christ by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  We look at some of the stages of our natural psychological development, the fundamental principles we need to learn in each, and possible consequences of failing to adopt those principles.  What if we apply the same pattern of thinking to our spiritual development?

Lectionary:  Jeremiah 23:23-29; Psalm 82; Hebrews 12:1-6; Luke 12:49-56  (sermon not from lectionary)

Referenced Scriptures:  1 Corinthians 13:11-12; Ephesians 6:1-11; Matthew 20:25-28; John 15:13

Recording – Sermon:  https://1drv.ms/u/s!AvYHlhfoSlmRok-OiPb0N1y8HgOi?e=C56UeA

What are you doing with His kingdom?

Sermon 11 Aug 2019

What are you doing with His kingdom? by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  Our Father has been pleased to give us the kingdom.  In return, we are given one mission – make disciples – and two commandments – love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength, and love your neighbor as yourself.  What do they mean, and how do we fulfill them?  The parable of the good Samaritan is a clue: it is not about racism, but priorities.

If we claim to be disciples of Jesus Christ, then when other people look at us they will assume they are looking at Jesus.  Does that make you uncomfortable?

When God brings broken, hurting people to us, how will we respond – with shame and condemnation, or with forgiveness and compassion?

Lectionary:  Genesis 15:1-6; Psalm 33; Hebrews 11:1-2,7-13; Luke 12:32-37

Referenced Scriptures:  Matthew 25:14-30; Matthew 28:19; Matthew 10:24-25; Matthew 22:37-40; John 14:15,21,23; Psalm 119:14-16; Luke 10:25-37; John 14:15-18; John 8:2-11; Luke 6:37

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Are you a failure?

Sermon 28 Jul 2019

Are you a failure? by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  Have you blown it completely?  Have you missed God’s will for your life?  Has he passed you by?  Or maybe you’re a hypocrite? Do you wear your church face on Sunday mornings, then show your real face the remainder of the week?  Is going to Mass like being in a play – you arrive in character, you know your lines by heart – and when the play’s over you’re glad to get the makeup and costume off so you can look cool in the real world?  If so … you’re still not a failure.  Keep asking, keep seeking, keep knocking.

Lectionary:  Genesis 18:20-33; Psalm 138:1-8; Colossians 2:8-14; Luke 11:5-13

Referenced Scriptures:  Matthew 5:1-12; John 16:7b-15; James 4:3

Recording – Sermon:  https://1drv.ms/u/s!AvYHlhfoSlmRokWVA5YP9tZFvVuG?e=Z6qc86