Archive (Homilies)

God’s Mercy, Our Response

Category: Our Response / Speaker: The Reverend Michael D. Rasicci
August 20, 2017

God's mercy is for everyone. Rather than react strongly in a negative way to different things happening in the world around us, we need to monitor our response. Prayer is always a good response....

Jesus replied, “Come.”
Transfiguration Sunday

Category: Transfiguration Sunday / Speaker: The Reverend Michael D. Rasicci
August 06, 2017

We have eye witness accounts of this miracle and an historical reference from the time of Moses. "This is my beloved son, in whom I am well pleased." Strong words from God. Light is...

What God Treasures

Category: What God Treasures / Speaker: The Reverend Michael D. Rasicci
July 30, 2017

We focus on what we treasure. God treasures us. He sacrificed his only son, Jesus Christ, for our salvation. Jesus Christ sacrificed himself for our salvation. What do we treasure the way God treasures us?

Parable of the Wheat and the Weeds–Matthew 13-30

Category: Parable of Wheat and Weeds / Speaker: The Reverend Michael D. Rasicci
July 23, 2017

Fr Mike related the parable of the wheat and the  weeds (darnell). The patient farmer said that both would be allowed to grow together and, at the time of the harvest, reapers would be instructed...

Righteous Gentiles and the Parable of the Sower

Category: Parable of the Sower, Righteous Gentiles / Speaker: The Reverend Michael D. Rasicci
July 17, 2017

Fr Michael Rasicci's homily for the 6th Sunday After Pentecost, on the Episcopal Church Calendar, the "Day for the Righteous Gentiles." After World War II, the nation of Israel recognized these individuals who had dedicated...

Come-to-Me-and-I-Will-Give-You-Rest

Category: Choosing Back to God
July 10, 2017

Fr Michael Rasicci's homily for the 5th Sunday after Pentacost (7/9/2017). Jesus said, "Come to me and I will give you rest." Fr Mike challenged the congregation to take the last three verses from the...

Consecration Anniversary 07-02-2017

Category: Consecration Anniversary / Speaker: The Reverend Michael D. Rasicci
July 04, 2017

Fr Michael Rasicci's homily for the 4th Sunday after Pentecost (07/02/2017) and the 135th anniversary of the consecration of Calvary Episcopal Church in Batavia, IL. Fr Mike read from the prayers used at the consecration...

Laborers for the Harvest

Category: Jesus calling Laborers for the Harvest / Speaker: The Reverend Michael D. Rasicci
June 19, 2017

In Matthew 9 and10, Jesus sent his 12 disciples out to the lost sheep of Israel first. He sent them out as innocents before snakes, as lambs before wolves. He asked them to...

Trinity Sunday

Category: and Holy Spirit / Speaker: The Reverend Michael D. Rasicci
June 11, 2017

By virtue of our baptism, we are welcomed into the mystery of God's holy presence--God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. In the Gospel for today, Jesus tells his apostles, "All...

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