Videos - Mass 2020

December 27th, 2020 Mass - St. Columba Church, NYC

"“Family” stands for connectedness, community, and solidarity beyond our particular nuclear families.

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Christmas Midnight Mass - St. Columba Church, NYC

"A meditation on “glory” as found in the Scriptures."

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December 20th, 2020 Mass - St. Columba Church, NYC

"Salvation can be understood as a series of beneficent reversals due to God’s gracious power. 

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December 13th, 2020 Mass - St. Columba Church, NYC

"Santa Claus is the hero for those who during this time of the year plan for Happy Holidays.  For those, however, who celebrate Happy HOLYdays the guide is John the Baptist. 

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December 6th, 2020 Mass - St. Columba Church, NYC

"The restrictions imposed by the coronavirus pandemic provide us with a “desert” experience, affording us an opportunity for prayer, reflection, purification. ” 

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November 29th, 2020 Mass - St. Columba Church, NYC

"A meditation on the refrain from Leonard  Cohen’s Anthem: “There is a crack in every thing: that’s how the light gets in.” 

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November 22nd, 2020 Mass - St. Columba Church, NYC

"The king is supposed to be a shepherd, meaning power exists for service and nurture.


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November 15th, 2020 Mass - St. Columba Church, NYC

"We are not the owners—but the stewards—of our time, talents, possessions, and faith.  They are not ours to keep, but to give away.


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November 8th, 2020 Mass - St. Columba Church, NYC

"An exhortation for alacrity for God and the things of God, just as Lady Wisdom hastens to meet those who seek her.


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November 1st, 2020 Mass - St. Columba Church, NYC

"The Be-attitudes are the default spiritual positions for Christians to act as children of God.

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October 25th, 2020 Mass - St. Columba Church, NYC

"Love has a vertical (God) and horizontal (humanity) dimension, intersecting at the cross of Christ’s supreme expression of love and compassion.


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October 18th, 2020 Mass - St. Columba Church, NYC

"The ancient politicians, Cyrus the Persian and Tiberias the Roman, appear in Scripture during this pre-election time to help  us reflect on what it means “to render to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what belongs to God.”

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October 11th, 2020 Mass - St. Columba Church, NYC

"The scriptural message is an ancient gmail (gospel mail) of God’s love and bounty."  

Note: Because of technical problem the last 5 minutes of the Mass has been cut off.

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October 4th, 2020 Mass - St. Columba Church, NYC

"The Church is the vineyard of the Lord. Christians are expected to produce fruits of mercy, love,  justice and peace."



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September 26th, 2020 Mass - St. Columba Church, NYC

"The justice  of God’s kingdom requires a change of mind, will, and heart in both individuals and society."


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September 19th, 2020 Mass - St. Columba Church, NYC

"The insights of Scripture and the Kingdom are counterintuitive, conveyed via paradox and parable, because God’s ways and thoughts are not our ways and thoughts."

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September 12th, 2020 Mass - St. Columba Church, NYC

"A challenge to be magnanimous—“big-souled.”


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September 5th, 2020 Mass - St. Columba Church, NYC

"The necessity of fraternal correction performed in love is the message of today’s Scripture."


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August 29th, 2020 Mass - St. Columba Church, NYC

"A lament is a valid form of prayer.  In faith we ask the Lord not so  much to change the situation as to change our attitude to accept it as an expression of our sacrifice."



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August 22nd, 2020 Mass - St. Columba Church, NYC

Another reminder from Scripture that those in authority are to serve, not to be served.


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August 15th, 2020 Mass - St. Columba Church, NYC

The prophetic call goes out to remove all barriers, distinctions, and distinctions. All nations and peoples are invited to he mountain of true worship.


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August 8th, 2020 Mass - St. Columba Church, NYC

The theme of theophany is explored in all three readings. Elijah encounters God is a tiny whisper. Peter experiences the Savior during a storm. Paul points out that his brother Israelites were to be a theophany to the world.


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August 1st, 2020 Mass - St. Columba Church, NYC


The context of the readings (exile for Isaiah, death of the Baptist for Jesus) provide a dark side to the message. The bright side is the superabundance of god's love and concern.



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July 25th, 2020 Mass - St. Columba Church, NYC 

The prayer of Solomon is recommended to all our candidates for public office: "Give me, Lord, an understanding heart."

https://youtu.be/flPSfDVzEZU

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 July 18th, 2020 Mass - St. Columba Church, NYC 

The homily reflects on "king" and "kingdom." The Book of Wisdom requires the king to be KIND. Kingdom is not a geographical place, but the answer to the question: Who or what is in control?'

https://youtu.be/EVNhbbNDS9I 
 
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July 11th, 2020 Mass - St. Columba Church, NYC  

The homily exhorts us to LISTEN, since the seed of the sower is the WORD.  Only by listening profoundly and meditating on the word will it strike roots into our consciousness and value systems.  We were given ample opportunity by the in-house sheltering imposed by the pandemic.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rCNPEzxgj1c&feature=youtu.be

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July 4th, 2020 Mass - St. Columba Church, NYC  

The homily meditates on kingship, contrasting the despotic and violent picture of King George III as presented in the Broadway show "Hamilton" and that of Jesus, meek and humble of heart, as proclaimed in Zechariah and the gospel.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xfazAj0lwN0&feature=youtu.be

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June 28th, 2020 Mass - St. Columba Church, NYC 

Fr. Walter celebrates the first Mass allowable after the corona virus pandemic suspended celebrations in all churches for three months. It is also the first Mass produced by the Fr. Walter Outreach for streaming. The liturgy is that of the 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time A. The homily explores the spirituality of hospitality and the implications for our individual and social lives. The closing down of our minds and hearts by failing to welcome others results in the social illnesses of racial injustice and hostility towards migrants and refugees.

https://youtu.be/e7eHvrn36-I

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