The Spirit Connects Us to God and Others (#529, Pentecost)

Fr. Joel Homilies

The Spirit restores Communication and Community by overcoming language barriers and forgiving sin. The Spirit gives little nudges to move us out of the grasping and isolation of consumerism into the receiving and giving of true relationship. (24 May 2015)

FAQ: Why Can’t Protestants Receive Communion in the Catholic Church?

Fr. Joel Being Catholic, Church meets World

“All Are Welcome,” sings one popular Catholic hymn. Despite the efforts of your local Catholic parish to install Greeters and be friendly, the rule on Communion remains Catholics Only. Catholic weddings and funerals are especially awkward. Why would Catholics be so un-welcoming as to distribute Communion at such events and explicitly not allow everyone to participate? Some Protestants feel stung …

Jesus Ascends and Sends Us a Lifeline (#528, Ascension)

Fr. Joel Homilies

Jesus ascends to the top of the cliff and takes his seat on the edge. He attaches us to the Holy Spirit and gives us full attention as we climb. Through the Spirit we receive what we need and share our love, joy, thanks, and suffering. (17 May 2015)

Jesus Knocking at the Door

What Happens When You Fall in Love… with God (#527, Easter 6)

Fr. Joel Homilies

Do you want to be friends with Jesus? Then you have to fall in love. Pray for this grace. Give God permission to love you, and to love others through you. Now we know what it means to be God’s friends: to love one another as He loves us. (10 May 2015)