SERMONS

Check out Father Royce Gregerson's sermons each week! Whether you were out of town on Sunday, just want a chance to have a second read, or are following our parish from a distance, Father's homilies are posted here each Sunday. Look for audio to be added each week as well.

July 26, 2020

Francisco de Borja was born into the most notoriously degenerate family in Europe. His mother was the daughter of an archbishop, who was himself the illegitimate son of a king, who had appointed him an archbishop at the age of nine. His father’s father was murdered by his half-brother. Both were the sons of a pope. The Borgias, as they are more commonly known, are notorious for adultery, incest, simony, theft, bribery, and mur...

July 19, 2020

On July 19, the year of our Lord 1970, St. John the Evangelist parish celebrated a significant milestone: the dedication of our new parish church by Bishop Leo Pursley. After 110 years of worshipping in a small church with a capacity of perhaps 100 people, the parish had slowly acquired properties at the northwest corner of Main and Monroe streets in preparation for this monumental project – in today’s money, the cost of prope...

June 28, 2020

At the beginning of the Rite of Baptism, the priest asks an important question: “What do you desire?” The traditional rite directs the godparents to respond on the part of the child, “Faith.” The priest then asks a second question, “What does faith give you?” And the godparents reply, “Eternal life.” The modern rite gives a simpler suggestion: The parents or godparents respond to the question, “What do you desire?” with, “Bapt...

May 17, 2020

“I pray for them. I do not pray for the world, but for the ones you have given me, because they are yours.”

The season of Easter is drawing to a close as we celebrate this Fifth Sunday after Easter. Thursday will mark 40 days since the Lord’s Resurrection and His Ascension into Heaven. Thus, we have been listening to the Lord’s farewell discourse to the Apostles from the Last Supper. Though it might seem out of place on the tim...

April 19, 2020

St. Thomas does not deserve his bad reputation. After all, he is not the only Apostle to doubt the Lord’s Resurrection. St. Matthew tells us that, “the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. And when they saw him they worshiped him; but some doubted” (Matt 28:16-17). Some of the Apostles doubted, then, even while they saw the Resurrected Lord, as if they literally could not believe...

April 12, 2020

Haec est dies – this is the day. For centuries, these words have resounded in Christian worship on this day and throughout the Easter season. Centuries even before Christ, the psalmist already sang of this glorious and triumphant day on which Christ would rise victorious from the dead.

Today we celebrate the Resurrection of the Lord, the central reality of the Christian faith, that belief without which our faith is in vain (1 C...

April 10, 2020

The wounded surgeon plies the steel

That questions the distempered part;

Beneath the bleeding hands we feel

The sharp compassion of the healer's art

Resolving the enigma of the fever chart.

  Our only health is the disease

If we obey the dying nurse

Whose constant care is not to please

But to remind of our, and Adam's curse,

And that, to be restored, our sickness must grow worse.

  The dripping blood our only drink,

The bloody flesh our...

March 22, 2020

“Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Jesus answered, “Neither he nor his parents sinned; it is so that the works of God might be made visible through him. We have to do the works of the one who sent me while it is day. Night is coming when no one can work.”

It would seem that Christ’s words in the Gospel are being fulfilled. Amidst a global pandemic and a prohibition of any public gathering that...

March 1, 2020

My family’s big sport was baseball. We spent so many hours playing, watching, or thinking about playing baseball. Dad was the coach for our coach’s pitch team. We would spend hours throwing, catching, and fielding the balls the Dad would hit to us. But what we really wanted – what I think all kids who play baseball really want – was batting practice. Batting is where all the glamor in baseball is at. Sure, it’s great to be the...

February 3, 2020

Sermon from Father Royce Gregerson for The Feast of the Presentation of the Lord.

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