“Make time for God” (Homily for Advent 1)

Fr. Joel Homilies

Advent1 – Make time for God (5:30) Advent, 1st Sunday. I recently visited my little niece. She was so excited that every half-hour she asked, “Is Uncle Joel here yet?” When I arrived she came running out to meet the car and gave me a huge hug. This is what Jesus has in mind when he tells us, “Be watchful! …

Lighting Advent candles

Benjamin Being Catholic, Free Range

This Sunday we light the first candle on the Advent wreath, and we leave the other three candles unlit. As I child it always bothered me that the candles burned so unevenly – the last purple candle hardly got warm before Christmas came. I suggested to my parents that we could rotate which candles were lit so they would burn …

The Mass 2.0: Please Respond | #147

Fr. Joel Homilies

Ordinary33 – This feels like a Y2K moment for the church: a whole lot of hype for not a big deal. Why bother? You get out of Mass what you put into Mass. If you are getting nothing out of Mass, I think we know where the problem starts. Please respond.

Seven Billion is a big family

Benjamin Free Range

The United Nations recently announced that there are 7,000,000,000 people living simultaneously on the planet, an announcement that is more of a good guess than an accurate count. Most of that growth happened in the last hundred years (there were 2 billion people c. 1927). This is a rare blessing: we have been spared from severe epidemics, and better medical …

The Mass 2.0: The New Creed | #146

Fr. Joel Homilies

Ordinary32 – It’s easy to hide in a crowd. But what do I believe? I believe that Jesus is “con-sub-stantial” with the Father. If we learn the Creed well, we will also learn how to recognize God when He appears in humble ways every day.

Mary of the Month (November 2011)

Benjamin Mary of the Month

Here is an image of the Coronation of Mary, from the mosaic of the apse at St. Mary Major in Rome. Since November 1st is the Feast of All Saints, I thought it would be nice to start the month with Mary, Queen of the Saints. This piece is done in the classic Byzantine style, which does not show Mary …