Stop the Infection from Spreading (Homily for the 26th Sunday)

Fr. Joel Homilies

Ord26 – Stop the Infection from Spreading (6:25) Ordinary Time, 26th Sunday. An adventuresome 24-year-old, Aimee Copeland, lost both hands, a leg and a foot to flesh-eating bacteria. It could have been much worse; it could have killed her. Doctors amputated those parts of her body to stop the infection spreading further. She lost her hands and feet to save her …

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Jealousy tears us Apart (Homily for the 25th Sunday)

Fr. Joel Homilies

Ord25 – Jealousy tears us Apart (6:45) Ordinary Time, 25th Sunday. Jealousy is an irrational anger at the success of others. One author put it this way: Every time a friend of mine succeeds, something in me dies. Our second reading details how destructive jealousy can be: Where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder and every foul practice…. Where do …

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Church source of peace in the midst of war

Benjamin Church meets World

I want to follow my brother’s post about Cardinal Dolan’s presence at the Republican and Democrat national conventions. His presence was important for proclaiming the timeless truths that the Church stands for: the existence of God, the value of human life, the vital importance of the family, and the need for building a just society. Yet, as Cardinal Dolan showed …

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Church a Source of Unity in a Divisive Climate

Fr. Joel Church meets World

In an unexpected moment of unity during the National Conventions, the same clergyman gave the closing Benediction at both the RNC and the DNC. It was Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York. Perhaps only the Catholic Church is truly broad enough and deep enough to be a presence at both conventions while keeping its stance on issues. In recent …

Take up your Cross (Homily for the 24th Sunday)

Fr. Joel Homilies

Ord24 – Take up your Cross (14:50) Ordinary Time, 24th Sunday. September 11, 2001. The JFK Assassination. The bombing of Pearl Harbor. Why does God allow tragedy? Many of us have tried to answer this question, especially when faced with personal loss and suffering. Jesus gives a different answer. He is he Son of God. If there was anyone we …

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Ephphatha! Be Opened! (Homily for the 23rd Sunday)

Fr. Joel Homilies

Ephphatha! Be Opened! (10:05) Ordinary Time, 23rd Sunday. Today’s Gospel miracle is also a parable. Jesus is travelling in pagan territory, outside the reach of the Word of God known by the Jewish people. The man cannot hear God clearly, and consequently cannot speak clearly either. Jesus takes him away from the crowd and unplugs his ears. Now he can …

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Working for the Lord (Homily for Labor Day)

Fr. Joel Church meets World, Homilies

Ord22 – Working for the Lord (14:15) Ordinary Time, 22nd Sunday. The Bible tells us that hard work is given to us as a punishment for sin (see Genesis 3:17-19). This also means that it helps to right the wrongs done by sin. Here are four reasons for work: To survive (food on the table, money in our pocket). To …