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    Sermon 510 : Moses and Amalek - An Icon of the Church : 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

    10/17/2010
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    The church militant is the church at war with all the destructive powers that want to undermine its unity. The Israelites battle the people of Amalek, a battle that symbolizes the spiritual warfare that each of us, as members of the church, personally undergoes. There is no escaping this reality, and so we must fight. But our fighting is unusual: we fight with peacemaking, forgiveness, education, etc. Our fighting is only sustained through prayer and the prayers of others. Please pray that the Church is strengthened in its fight against evil in the world.
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michael jaffray king
That is so clear!!!!
Thank you!
No compromise with sin!!!
I love it the way you paint it so Black and White.
No murky middle ground of neutrality..
It's either right or wrong.
Our Catholic Faith is either the Splendour of Truth or the biggest lie which has survived 2000 years and refuses to go away...
God bless you Father!!
All the best for your next TV presentation today.......
10/17/2010 12:33:25 AM
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Red
I sometimes think the Amalekites have very successfully infiltrated the Israelite nation.

All decked out in "beige" (borrowing one of Father's terms) uniforms, with the stealthy, determined mission to slowly assassinate all those who wear a coat of many colors.

We can hope that, like Joseph's brothers, there will be a time of repentance for what we have done while wearing our beige battle clothes.

I sat and talked with "Manfred", a homeless man who begs near the church around mass times, and asked one day if he'd ever entered into the church and if he'd like to join me. Manfred has a wonderful, long, slightly greying beard. His clothes are a little ratty, but you can see there is a certain amount of discrimination he attends to in the wearing of them, the layering of them. Manfred told me that inside those walls there was a "country-club", and that he had no interest in belonging to "just another country club".

Of course, he was referring to our "beige" uniforms, so much more prominent there upon the pews than those who, like Manfred, would even prefer a dirty coat that, at the very least, has kept its color.

How to tell Manfred about the coat of many colors within those walls? Or perhaps he is there to remind me of something. Am I covered in clean, stylish, well-tailored beige? Am I trying harder to join the beige army because they seem to be winning, than the beautifully-colored army of Kingdom of heaven, who seem to be struggling desperately and paying a great cost.

Reminds me of Dylan's lyrics in "Positively 4th Street" when he charges, "you just want to be on the side that's winning."

Victory is won at a great price. How much am I willing to pay to be rid of my desire to wear that clean, stylish, well-tailored, beige uniform. The battle appears to be going the way of the beige. And I do want to be on the side that's winning.

Well, as St. Paul taught, we walk by faith and not by sight.

Peace be with you.
10/17/2010 9:09:06 AM
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michael jaffray king
That is so clear!!!!
Thank you!
No compromise with sin!!!
I love it the way you paint it so Black and White.
No murky middle ground of neutrality..
It's either right or wrong.
Our Catholic Faith is either the Splendour of Truth or the biggest lie which has survived 2000 years and refuses to go away...
God bless you Father!!
All the best for your next TV presentation today.......
10/17/2010 9:11:19 AM
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Brian Cook
Let's not forget this statement: "We fight with peacemaking, forgiveness, education, etc"
10/17/2010 9:58:04 PM
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michael jaffray king
We also have to fight with the Splendour of Truth... Let's not forget that and Father B is an expert at that.. TTL!
10/18/2010 12:15:56 AM
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Richaed Kennerdy
Sermon worth the wait.
10/18/2010 3:35:45 AM
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melanie statom
Moses and his prayerful supporters made an unexpected appearance while I was working on a meditative reflection for our Methodist Bible Project
recently :


Jeremiah 34-37 October 8

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Melanie Statom These chapters continue to warn of impending doom for a people who continue to fall back into patterns of injustice and unfaithfulness to the Covenant. The words of the prophet are literally burned and dismissed by King Jekoiakim. Jeremiah predicts disaster." The Lord will release you to the sword, pestilence and famine" Jeremiah interprets these events as direct punishment from God. Do we?


Imagine you have just come upon a sinkhole in the road you have been driving on, narrowly escaping disaster. The sinkhole has occurred because of an erosion of ground caused by years of violent practices and misuse of the land. You get out of your car and want to warn unsuspecting travelers of the clear and mortal danger that lies ahead if they do not alter their course. You scream and wave at passing motorists trying desperately to slow them down, trying to warn them, divert them from the unavoidable consequences of driving on this road to destruction...you even try to construct a makeshift blockade with rocks and sticks. Some motorists pass by, sadly shaking their heads, dismissing the the crazed woman gesturing wildly in the street. Some take her seriously and turn right around. Others are so busy looking at the spectacle this woman is creating that they fail to look ahead and drive right into the sinkhole.

What's a poor, half-crazed prophetess to do?

Well this one gets in her car and parks it right in front of the sinkhole. She gets out, opens her hood, plants herself in front of the car and leans on the Flaming Sword of Truth and Love she has just pulled from the inner sanctum of her engine. Anyone who wants to pass cannot avoid an encounter with her. If her warnings are ignored she faces being run over...maybe even crucifixion by an angry mob.

The road of love compels a choice for all of us earthly travelers.
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Margaret Yun Wow - now that's an image I'm not likely to forget! A sinkhole, the car blocking it, and the prophetess pulling a flaming sword out of the engine! My mind's eye will now link this forever to Jeremiah! Thank you Melanie!
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Melanie Statom I went to check on the prophetess early this morning. She looked a bit bedraggled like Moses maybe and in need of loving arms of support. Out of the corner of my eye I saw a steady stream of women, men and children moving towards her. Some held casseroles, others were bringing warm clothing, handknit sweaters and blankets. Some came carrying the prayers of their hearts in their hands....joys and concerns. Others came ready to build needed shelter. Everyone came bearing a gift. It looked like they were in for the long hall. This was a silent procession at first. But soon I could begin to hear the faint but steady call of what sounded like a church bell. Then came glorious singing. Before long I saw a steady stream of living, loving humanity, in union with Grace flowing to all the sinkholes of the globe and establishing loving presence, centers of prayer, healing, transformation, reconciliation, and sanctuary. ...an overwhelming holy communion of service and love!

The sight brought me to my knees. I could not help but marvel at the great cloud of witnesses before me now as well as the many witnesses from centuries past who have steadily heard the same call of the church bell....living testimonies to the universal beauty and truth of the gospel.

My heart could only give thanks and praise.
10/19/2010 10:00:42 AM
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