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God Gives Himself – Do You Realize What That’s Worth? (#442, 25th Sunday)

Fr. Joel Homilies

“It’s not fair!” God gives more to some and less to others. But God is so generous that he offers Himself to every person. St. Paul has the right attitude: he gives generously as he has generously received. The Korean church was evangelized by Korean laymen who knew what their faith was worth. You have received the gift of faith; do you realize what it’s worth?

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How to Pick the Perfect Cross (#441, Holy Cross)

Fr. Joel Homilies

The cross was an instrument of torture and oppression. But Jesus has turned it into a sign of God’s great love. Love conquers all. How can we turn our burdens into crosses? By carrying them with love, just like Jesus did. The path of Jesus is hard, but it’s worth it.

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Jesus’ Personal Conduct Policy (#440, 23rd Sunday)

Fr. Joel Homilies

Who has the better Personal Conduct Policy: the NFL or Jesus? Obviously Jesus, who holds us to a higher standard: Love Go, and Love your Neighbor. There’s plenty of detail in the 10 Commandments to explain what he means. Jesus will be the final judge, but meanwhile he asks us to hold each other accountable. Let’s encourage our brothers and sisters to play to the best of their ability.

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Why God Gives Us Crosses (#439, 22nd Sunday)

Fr. Joel Homilies

Our expectations can get us into trouble when they aren’t realistic. Peter has expectations for the Messiah but they don’t match God’s plans. Too often we expect life to be free of struggles. God gives us struggles because he wants us to love more deeply, live more courageously, and to become better people. When you follow Jesus, your life will not be easy, but it will be worth it.