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+031+ Surrender Everything to God (13th Sunday)

Fr. Joel Homilies

What is the difference between Elisha in the first reading and the other three in the Gospel? Elisha wants to give God everything, it will just take him some time. The other three plan on holding something back from God. What amazing things God can do if we are willing to surrender everything! We see this in the life of Sr. Francis Xavier. We could see it in you life too. [from 2010]

Zombie Apocalypse Now

Benjamin Free Range

I recently watched the trailer for an upcoming film about the world being taken over by zombies (World War Z). I must admit that I like a good monster movie, and zombies are about the only monster we have left, now that vampires, werewolves and witches have been turned into blockbuster heroes in Hollywood. Although I like a good monster …

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+030+ Dying to be a Man (12th Sunday)

Fr. Joel Homilies

Learning to play an instrument involves suffering, but it’s worth it. Sin mostly happens when we try to avoid suffering, with the result that we cause ourselves more suffering. Jesus offers a better solution – take up our cross and embrace our suffering. It causes us to grow as human beings and to grow in love. It is also what it means to be a father. [from 2010]

HARLEY-DAVIDSON RIDES INTO THE ETERNAL CITY (VIS News)

Fr. Joel Church meets World

Vatican City, 14 June 2013 (VIS) – This weekend, Rome will have a unique soundtrack coming from the roaring pistons of some 35,000 Harly-Davidsons that, since yesterday, have begun to invade the capital for the 110th anniversary celebrations of the American motorcycle maker’s founding. There is also room for faith among the rumbling engines, leather jackets, and elaborate tattoos. Events …

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+338+ God the Father’s Day (11th Sunday)

Fr. Joel Homilies

King David uses his power to take advantage of other. Jesus uses his power to protect and dignify others. Men need to imitate Jesus and not King David. Serving others is what Fatherhood is all about. It’s time we started acting like our heavenly father.

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My Lord and my God or my Lord and my Gov?

Benjamin Church meets World

When a society has made the decision to live without God, that society inevitably begins to rely on the Government to do everything that God used to do: to declare what is right and what is wrong, to protect the innocent and punish the guilty, divide the wheat from the chaff and throw the evildoers into maximum security prison, to …

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+337+ God knows and He cares Deeply (10th Sunday)

Fr. Joel Homilies

God both knows what we need and cares deeply. Through tragedy God invites us to realize that we are not the center of the universe and that everything is a gift from Him. Tragedy also reminds us how powerless we truly are. We are weak, but God is strong. Peace comes when we can say: Not my will, but Yours be done.

+336+ The King of all Hearts (Corpus Christi)

Fr. Joel Homilies

Where would we expect to find the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords? Anywhere but the humble bread on the humble altar of a humble church. Christ becomes present in bread and wine not to “wow” us but to “woo” us. The King of all Hearts wants to be the King of your heart. Will you let Him in?