God calls each person (3 Sun OT)

Benjamin Church meets World, Homilies

St. John the Baptist was sent to preach repentance to everyone who needed to repent. This included King Herod, even though preaching to the king ended his career. When Jesus was preaching, His message was quite personal. Jesus did not stop with stereotypes, but He saw each person. When we look at a crowd of people, we see a crowd, but God sees each and every person. God sees each person, God knows each person, and God calls each person to be part of His work.

Faith in our hearts (2 Sun OT)

Benjamin Homilies

The Sacred Heart shows us how Jesus’ heart burns with love for us. When we are baptized, our hearts are lit with the light of faith. When we pray, and go to church, and do good things, the flame of faith in our hearts grows bigger. When we don’t pray, and don’t go to church, the faith in our hearts gets smaller. We need to keep our faith burning brightly and light others with the light of faith.

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+409+ Should Christians be Tolerant of other Religions? (2nd Sunday)

Fr. Joel Homilies

We shouldn’t tolerate the spread of lies. But our neighbors, no matter what they believe, deserve to be treated with dignity and respect. Christians must love their neighbors enough to tell them the truth about Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit will help us to share that we know the truth because we have met Him face to face.

Son of a gentle God (Baptism of the Lord)

Benjamin Homilies

The moment when Jesus was baptized in the Jordan river (Matthew 4:13-17) reveals to us that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, who is exactly like His Father in all things. Jesus is not the son of a violent or fighting god, but the Son of a gentle and peaceful God. In our baptism, we have been adopted as sons and daughters of our Heavenly Father. As Jesus reveals Himself during His ministry, He also challenges us to become more like Him in our thoughts, in our words, and in our actions.

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+408+ Listen to the Voice of God, and this is what we Hear (Baptism)

Fr. Joel Homilies

Baptism of the Lord: Where do babies come from? They come from God, who is the Lord of all Life. God has a greater gift — the gift of His life. Look at the life of Chiara “Luce” Badano, how it was transformed by love of God. Listen to the voice of God, and this is what you hear: “I love you… isn’t that enough?”

King and God and Sacrifice (Epiphany)

Benjamin Homilies

The Magi bring three gifts for the child Jesus. These gifts proclaim three things about the child: gold proclaims that He is king, frankincense that He is God, and myrrh that He will die. We will spend the next year reflecting on these three aspects of the life of Jesus: how He is king and what sort of kingdom He rules; how He is God and what His relationship is with the Father; how He is sacrifice and the Lamb of God who dies for our salvation.

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+407+ An engagement ring from our King (Epiphany)

Fr. Joel Homilies

Jesus has come for all people. He is the true Priest, the true Prophet, and the true King. But the gift of Jesus is so much more than just a child in a manger. God has promised to accompany us all our life — much like an engagement ring. Jesus fully plans to teach us, lead us, and die for us. That is why at today’s Mass we announce the upcoming feasts from the next year: There is so much more to come.