Preaching


The OP after our names stands for “Order of Preachers,” the formal name of the religious order founded in 1216 by St. Dominic. As Dominicans, we preach with our lives—in both word and deed—guided by a search for truth (veritas) and a commitment to contemplate and share the fruits of our contemplation (contemplate et aliis tradere). 

Our Dominican lives are shaped by the interconnecting movements of study, prayer, communal life, and ministry. 

Dominic so firmly believed in the importance of study to the preaching mission that he provided a rule of “dispensation” from other responsibilities in the event they interfered with study. We are women committed to study. Through prayer and contemplation we interiorize our learnings and enter into communion with the Source of all truth. Our communal life orients us to the common good of the whole Earth community. And in ministry, our preaching takes effect.

As women of the Gospel, our preaching is also expressed in word. Read reflections on the Word of God posted by Adrian Dominican Sisters and Associates on the Praedicare Blog below.

 


Palm Sunday 2020

Palm Sunday Preaching by Mary Margaret Pachucki, OP

Sister Mary Margaret Pachucki, OPApril 5, 2020

Isaiah 50:4-7
Philippians 2:6-11
Matthew 26: 14-27:66

Today marks the beginning of Holy Week, a time of remembering the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Jesus though sacred rituals, readings from Scripture and shared prayer. This year we will journey through Holy Week in a much different way because of the “social distancing“ that is necessary to turn the tide of the spread of the coronavirus in our world. Instead of gathering together as a faith community in a church or chapel on these sacred days, we will spend Holy Week on our designated floors, in our rooms or in our homes. In these places, many of us will able to connect with each other through technology for these liturgical celebrations and prayer. However, we come together, we are and remain a community of faith joined by our shared belief in the Risen Christ.

With the start each year of Holy Week, we turn intently toward Jesus. We are not just remembering an historical event that happened over two thousand years ago. We are celebrating and taking part in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus as it happens today to us and for us.

The blessing of this week is that it calls us to look carefully at Jesus. We watch, not just to admire, but also to learn, to penetrate the mind, the thinking, the attitudes and the values of Jesus so that we, in the very different circumstances of our own lives, may walk in his footsteps. In a way the real key to Holy Week is given in today’s Second Reading, which seems to be a hymn, incorporated by Paul in his letter to the Christians at Philippi. It expresses the “mind,” the thinking of Jesus, a “mind” which Paul urges us to have also if we want to identify fully with Jesus as disciples. “Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus.”

Elisabeth Johnson in her commentary on this passage writes, “Paul envisions the life of the community being formed by the mind of Christ – by a spirit of humility and loving service to one another rather than competition and grasping for power and control.” On this Sunday marking Jesus' passion, we are called to reflect on what it means to bear this name above all other names. Does our life together reflect "the same mind that was in Christ Jesus"? Are we looking to the interests of others rather than our own interests? Are humility and servanthood evident among us?

Having the mind of Christ ought to shape not only the internal life of a congregation, but its relationship with its community and the world. By following Jesus in identifying with the lowly and giving ourselves away in humble service to a suffering world, we honor "the name that is above every name."

If we are to be Jesus’ disciples, we are invited us to walk in his way, to share his sufferings, to imitate his attitudes, to “empty” ourselves, to live in service of others – in short, to love others as he loves us. This is not at all a call to a life of pain and misery. Quite the contrary, it is an invitation to a life of deep freedom, peace and happiness. If it were anything else, it would not be worth considering.

Let this week give us divine hope. No hardship, no burden, no cross not even the Coronavirus can conquer us if we remain steadfast in Christ Jesus, letting Him transform all we endure in life by His glorious embrace of His own Cross.


your Comment will be showing after administrator's approval







b i u quote


Save Comment
Showing 0 Comment



 

LINKS

word.op.org - International Dominican Preaching Page

Preach With Your Life - Video series by Adrian Dominican Sisters



Recent Posts

  • Preaching for Easter Sunday 2021 Posted 6 months ago
    Easter Sunday Preaching by Sister Elise D. García, OP April 4, 2021 Scripture Readings: Acts 10: 34a, 37-43 Corinthians 5: 6b-8 John 20: 1-10 Here we are on this glorious Easter morning! And yet the Gospel passage the Church gives us for reflection today is, well, not quite so glorious.  It is not one of the scenes ...
  • Preaching for Easter Vigil 2021 Posted 6 months ago
    Easter Vigil Preaching by Prioress Sister Patricia Siemen, OP April 3, 2021 As we hear the words from Mark’s Gospel, we find ourselves walking along with Mary Magdalene, Mary, the mother of James, and Salome, as they approach the tomb where Jesus is buried. It is dawn, with the new day’s light ...
  • Preaching for Good Friday 2021 Posted 6 months ago
    Good Friday Preaching by Sister Mary Margaret Pachucki, OP April 2, 2021 Good Friday is the best love story we can ever imagine. Love is total self-giving.  And Jesus showed us the perfect example.  He gave himself up for us: “There is no greater love than for one to lay down their life for another.” Pope ...
  • Preaching for Holy Thursday 2021 Posted 6 months ago
    Holy Thursday Preaching by Sister Patricia Harvat, OP April 1, 2021 The Gospels and letters of St. Paul are narratives of the life of Jesus and the life of disciples accompanying Jesus, learning what commitment to Him and his mission meant. This evening we enter into the narrative of the Last Supper ...
  • Preaching for Palm Sunday 2021 Posted 6 months ago
    Palm Sunday 
Preaching by Sister Frances Nadolny, OP March 28, 2021 Good morning. Today begins a week rich in liturgical significance. Participating in the re-enactment of Jesus processing into Jerusalem reminded me of recent pictures of Pope Francis entering into the holy cities of Iraq. People were so happy to see him, ...
  • Preaching for St. Patrick's Day 2021 Posted 6 months ago
    St. Patrick's Day Homily, March 17, 2021 Written by Sister Attracta Kelly, OP Proclaimed by Prioress Patricia Siemen, OP Lá Fhéile Pádraig sona daoibh go léir! Happy St. Patrick's Day to everyone! And happy feast to all the Patrick(s), Patricia(s), the Patty(s), the Pat(s), the Patrice(s) among us. I cannot think of any other ...
  • Preaching for Second Sunday in Lent, 2021 Posted 7 months ago
    2nd Sunday in Lent - February 28, 2021 Preaching by Elise D. García, OP Scripture Readings: Genesis 22:1-2, 9a, 10-13, 15-18 Romans 8:31b-34 Mark 9:2-10 In this Second Sunday in Lent as we make our journey toward the Passion of Christ, we, along with three of the disciples, climb Mount Tabor and are given a glimpse, ...
  • Martin Luther King Day, 2021 Posted 8 months ago
    Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Preaching by Fran Nadolny, OP January 18, 2021 This is such a rich day to preach. This is the first day of the International Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. It is the federal holiday for Martin Luther King Jr., which is designated as a national day ...
  • Reflection for Jubilarians in Holy Rosary Chapter Posted 11 months ago
    Reflection by Sister Marg Heinz, OP Jubilee Mass for Holy Rosary Chapter November 4, 2020 You are the salt of the earth You are light of the world These gospel words we just heard have truly been lived out in the lives of our Jubilarians. They offer much for our reflection today, but as I ...
  • Thursday, September 10, 2020 - 23rd Week in Ordinary Time Posted last year
    Homiletic Reflection by Jamie T. Phelps, OP Thursday of the Twenty-third Week in Ordinary Time Scripture Readings: 1 Corinthians 8:1B-7, 11-13 Psalm 139:1B-3, 13-14AB, 23-24 Luke 6:27-38   Our Context: Raging fires in the U.S. and in migrant camps in Greece and weather on the West Coast; the coronavirus pandemic, which according to Harvard University research ...
Read More »