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SEPARATION ANXIETY

Feast of the Holy Family - Year C Saint Cecilia Catholic Community December 30, 2018 – 10:30 AM I Samuel 1:20-22;24-28 | Psalm 84:2-3;5-6;9-10 Colossians 3:12-17 | Luke 2:41-52
      + In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, AMEN. A missing family member is a source of great anxiety, whether we’re talking about a child, a spouse, and of course, the canine and feline members of our families as well.  When someone to whom we are emotionally attached goes missing, we often fear the worst, just like Mary and Joseph did when they couldn’t find Jesus after they left Jerusalem to go home. The psychological profession might refer to that state of affairs as “separation anxiety.” I’ve experienced that myself. Before we got our Tesla, which is equipped with a GPS tracking system, I would really stress out when I didn’t know where Deacon Sharon was and could not reach her on her cell phone. Now I can simply open an app on my phone, and I know exactly where Deacon Sha…

STARS AND GIFTS

Epiphany Sunday – January 06, 2019 – 10:30 AM Saint Cecilia Catholic Community Rev. David Justin Lynch Isaiah 60:1-6 Psalm 72:1-2;7-8;10-13 Ephesians 3:2-3A;5-6 Matthew 2:1-12
       +In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, AMEN. One of the advantages of living in the Desert is that when the sky is free of clouds, we can see thousands of stars as we are relatively smog-free compared to urban areas. Long before telescopes and computers, people named the stars and charted their long journeys through the heavens. These early stargazers noticed patterns and consistency in their movements. Early books of the Bible testify to the power of stars in the life of ancient people. The Book of Job, which some scholars say is the oldest book in the Bible, mentions three constellations: the Bear, Pleiades, and Orion, and Stars are said to “Sing together” and “shout for joy” in Job. In Genesis, Abraham goes out at night and hears a promise from God that he will have many ch…

NUESTRA SENORA DE GUADALUPE: GOD HAS NO LIMITS

Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe December 12, 2018 12:15PM Saint Cecilia Catholic Community, Palm Springs CA By David Justin Lynch, Esquire Revelation 11:19A;12:1-62 | Judith 13:18BCDE;19 Luke 1:26-38
+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, AMEN. As Catholic Christians we honor the Blessed Virgin Mary because She gave us Jesus.  But we also honor Her because She can inspire our parish to do great things…if we let Her. Our Lady of Guadalupe, according to a priest in Mexico City, Father Miguel Sanchez, writing in 1648, appeared at Tepayac Hill, an area near Mexico City, on December 09, 1531, to Juan Diego, an indigenous Mexican, as an “apparition,” that is a supernatural vision, similar to Her appearances at Lourdes (France), Fatíma (Portugal), and Walsingham (England). Juan Diego saw an image of an adolescent female surrounded by light. Speaking to him in his Nahuatl language, She asked him to build a Church there in Her honor. Recognizing Her as the Blessed Virgin M…

CLIMATE CHANGE: WITH JESUS, WE HAVE HOPE

First Sunday in Advent December 02, 2018 – 10:30 AM Saint Cecilia Catholic Community Rev. David Justin Lynch Jeremiah 33:14-16 | Psalm 25:4-5;8-10;14 I Thessalonians 3:12-4:2 | Luke 21:25-28;34-36
       + In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, AMEN.        Among the components of the local news is the weather report. Most of the time here in Palm Springs, we have pretty nice weather. The temperature very seldom dips below forty degrees Fahrenheit; we have no snow and very little rain. This good weather is the major reason Sharon and I live here. Triple-digit temperatures are not as heavy as a snow shovel!        The weather elsewhere, however, is a different story. Freezing temperatures and snow are the norm much of the year in the mountain states, the Midwest, and the East Coast. The Southern states are often flooded and suffer hurricanes. In California outside of Palm Springs, sudden wildfires in dry conditions consume homes and take the lives of both p…

RULES AND STANDARDS, BROAD AND NARROW

Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time November 04, 2018 10:30 AM Saint Cecilia Catholic Community Rev. David Justin Lynch Deuteronomy 6:2-6 Psalm 18:2-4;47-51 Hebrews 7:23-28 Mark 12:28B-34
       + In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, AMEN.        As most of you know, I was a lawyer before I was ordained to ministry. I served in law-related professions for forty-one years, nineteen years as an insurance adjuster, two as a law clerk, and twenty as an attorney. But I was never truly happy doing any of that. I was called to be a priest when I was about eight years of age. Somehow, I wondered far afield for fifty-five years, but God brought me back to my original path. God always has a way of getting done what God wants done. So, when I departed from my law office at eleven-eleven East Tahquitz Canyon Way, Suite one-thirteen, on August thirty-one two-thousand fifteen, I was totally at peace with myself, knowing I had made the right decision.        Many peopl…

CARING FOR ALL CREATION

SAINT FRANCIS DAY CELEBRATION
October 07, 2018 10:30 AM Saint Cecilia Catholic Community
Rev. David Justin Lynch Genesis 1:20-22;24-31a |Psalm 148:1-3;7;10;13a;13c Acts 10:1-16 | Luke 13:22-31
       + In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, AMEN.        Much of my life has included one or more dogs. My first dog was Star, a black male miniature poodle. He came to me when I was eleven years of age, and I soon bonded with him. Star was the person at the center of my life for the next four years. I loved him more than the people in my birth family, who were not very nice to me most of the time. But Star always was. I was absolutely heartbroken when he was killed by a speeding car, more so than by the death of anyone else. God, who confers gifts on all living things, has often used the service of animals, or made them reminders of salvation. Nowhere is that more true than with dogs.On the next to last page of your booklet, you’ll see a cartoon showing someone a…

LISTENING, SPEAKING AND SINGING

Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time September 09 2018 | 10:30 AM Saint Cecilia Catholic Community Isaiah 35:4-7a | Psalm 146:6-10 James 2:1-5 | Mark 7:31-37
       In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy  Spirit, AMEN.        One of the most frequent complaints that my wife, Deacon Sharon, has about me, is that I don’t listen to her.  Yes, it’s very true that sometimes when she is speaking, my mind is elsewhere, sometimes on current events, other times on liturgy, and often I’m composing music in my head.  But she’s not unreasonable in wanting me to take seriously the message emanating from her, nor is any other spouse in the same situation.   Sharon probably wishes Jesus would open my ears the way He did in today’s Gospel for the man who could neither hear nor speak.  I am sure all of us who are married will agree that listening to your spouse goes a long way towards a smooth relationship. The way many people would perceive the situation described in today’s Gosp…