A sung sermon in Wellington – people unlikely to forget

Singing the sermon is one way of making sure people remember the point.

Take last Sunday’s 9am Mass for Wellington’s St Mary of the Angels’ parish for example.

The celebrant, Father Joe Savesi, is well known for including jokes in his sermons. They catch people’s attention and underline his main points.

To recap -the sermon focused on the Parable in Luke 18:9-14.

In this the upright man praying in the temple says what a good man he judges himself to be. He then compares himself to the tax collector who was also at the temple, and in his opinion is a far inferior person.

The tax collector, on the other hand, was too ashamed to ask God for anything except mercy.

Joe’s way of explaining the Parable’s message was to sing a verse of the  Mac Davis song “O Lord it’s hard to be humble” – much to the congregation’s delight. Listen to the orginal


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