Sermons

Sermons 2017-03-20T04:06:36+00:00

August 27, 2017

Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time Romans 12:1-8; Matthew 16:13-20 Robert L. Getty, Ph.D. August 27, 2017 In the letter to the Romans, the apostle Paul offers some practical steps for us to grow as a community of worshipers as brothers and sisters in Christ. We may look at the diverse community of Christians and say, "That person is not like me. We don't look

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August 20, 2017

Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32; Matthew 15:21-28 Robert L. Getty, Ph.D. August 20, 2017 The mercy of God is a difficult concept for our human understanding. One of the best illustrations that I have read over the years goes like this: A mother sought the pardon of her son from the first Napoleon. The emperor said it was his second offense,

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August 13, 2017 Sermon

Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Romans 10:5-13; Matthew 14:22-33 Robert L. Getty, Ph.D. August 13, 2017   Have you ever walked on water? I have. Not literally speaking, but metaphorically, I certainly have. I have walked into stormy situations where no sensible person would have attempted to go. I even thought it would help my career in the Air Force to volunteer to fly

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August 6, 2017 Sermon

Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Genesis 32:22-31; Romans 9:1-5; Matthew 14:13-21 Robert L. Getty, Ph.D. August 6, 2017 Every day we have encounters with God. Some are rather dramatic and others are not even noticed. We have seen from our scripture readings three different encounters – one encounter is an intense wrestling match. Another encounter carries such a heavy load that Paul is ready

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July 30, 2017 Sermon

Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52; Romans 8:26-39 Robert L. Getty, Ph.D. July 30, 2017 What a wonderful picture Jesus gives us when he describes the Kingdom of Heaven! Jesus refers, first, to the picture of the Kingdom from that of a farmer. When a farmer plants a seed there are expectations of a bountiful crop. Then Jesus describes the kingdom in

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July 23, 2017 Sermon

Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Psalm 139:1-12, 23-24; Romans 8:12-25 Robert L. Getty, Ph.D. July 23, 2017 A colleague of mine and a friend on Facebook closes his post with, “May Dad continue to bless you all richly.” My reaction to this familiar term to God is somewhat negative. My friend is emphasizing our being in the family of God. In fact, the term “child of

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