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“See, I make all things new!” … ain’t it Beautiful?

“See, I make all things new! …ain’t it Beautiful?”© by Rev. Jim Ryan, jimryan6885@gmail.com Homily thoughts on the Fifth Sunday of Easter, April 24, 2016,  & Earth Day 2016 Biblical literalists may have some difficulty with the collision course that happens with certain texts about creation.  Today, for example we hear God say, “See, I…
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Gifts Due and Overdue

“Gifts Due and Overdue”© by Rev. Jim Ryan, jimryan6885@gmail.com Homily thoughts on the Third Sunday of Easter, April 10, 2016 I thank the Community for guiding thoughts in this compilation.  This morning at Eucharist we had a conversation about Pope Francis’ Exhortation that was issued at the end of last week.  In my own wanting…
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The Charge that Empowers

“The Charge that Empowers”© by Rev. Jim Ryan, jimryan6885@gmail.com Homily thoughts on the Second Sunday of Easter, April 7, 2016 The appearance of the Resurrected Christ on that first Easter Sunday evening has an interesting story to tell.  The combination of the gathering of his followers behind locked doors with Jesus’ charge of forgiveness shows…
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Evil’s Antidote

“Evil’s Antidote”© by Rev. Jim Ryan, jimryan6885@gmail.com Today is Palm/Passion Sunday.  The Passion Reading is from the Gospel of Luke. Homily thoughts on Palm/Passion Sunday, March 20, 2016 The German philosopher and political theorist, Hannah Arendt, arrived at a phrase that attempted to face the fact that certain evils – evil policies, evil deeds, evil…
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Forgetting the Good and its repercussions

“Forgetting the Good and its repercussions” © by Rev. Jim Ryan, jimryan6885@gmail.com Today’s Gospel found in the 15th chapter of Luke is Jesus’ parable of the prodigal son and the forgiving father. Homily thoughts on the Fourth Sunday in Lent, March 6, 2016 Familiar as it is, this story of forgiveness at any time is…
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Emergence, Aspiration, and Ashes

Emergence, Aspiration, and Ashes © by Rev. Jim Ryan, jimryan6885@gmail.com Cosmology offers much excitement these days. Think cosmos, the great “out there” of galaxies, universes, dark things – matter and energy and maybe you will know what I mean. Syfy is all the rage, isn’t it?  Not so very long ago cosmology, with its effort…
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Show & Tell or What is local church?

“Show & Tell or What is local church?” © by Rev. Jim Ryan, jimryan6885@gmail.com Homily thoughts on the Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, January 31, 2016 Way back in the day I taught 2nd Grade. My career as 2nd Grade Teacher lasted one semester. It was, no question, one of the great experiences of my…
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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. – A Prayer & A Blessing

A Prayer Gracious God, you create us and love us; you make us to live in a community.  We thank you for Martin Luther King, Jr. and all your children who have been filled with the vision of justice and who have worked to bring that vision into reality. Guide us to live by your…
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Things you know about love…..

“Things you know about love, and wish they were mentioned at weddings” © by Rev. Jim Ryan, jimryan6885@gmail.com Homily thoughts on the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, January 17, 2016 Today’s Readings are straight out of a Wedding Planner’s Handbook. With a slight change swapping the 2nd reading scheduled for two weeks from now into…
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Simple Justice – Simple Compassion

“Simple Justice – Simple Compassion” © by Rev. Jim Ryan, jimryan6885@gmail.com Homily thoughts on the Feast of the Baptism of Jesus, January 10, 2016 “Catching sight of Jesus approaching, John exclaimed, “Look, there’s God’s sacrificial lamb, who takes away the world’s sin!”   Gospel of John, 1:29 This feast is one of transition and overlay. Liturgically…
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