Your Sexuality, Transfigured (#815, Lent 2)

Fr. Joel Homilies

Finally Abraham has ‘skin in the game’ and God can bless the world through him. When we trust God with our sexuality it will be transfigured into a glorious blessing. Abraham has learned that no matter what it costs, God keeps his promises. (25 Feb 2018)

The Covenant, Part 2: One Holy Tribe

Fr. Joel God & Faith

Slowly through history God reveals himself to human beings. God made a covenant with Noah when he and his family came out of the ark. God waits for ten generations until a man named Abram is born. God calls Abram to leave his land and journey to the promised land. In Genesis 15 God makes his promises into a covenant. …

God Is Worth More Than Time, Food, and Money (#813, Ash Wednesday)

Fr. Joel Homilies

Valentines Day is about all kinds of love. Lent is about God’s love. Lent is about trading a few nice things for something so much better: a deeper relationship with God. This Lent put God first and learn for yourself that God is worth more. (14 Feb 2018)

The Covenant, Part 1: One Holy Family

Fr. Joel God & Faith

Our Catholic faith includes plenty of philosophical and theological reflection, cultural traditions and strange legends. But fundamentally our Catholic faith is founded on history. The history of the world is a history of God’s relationship with the creatures He created. Our faith is founded on the encounters human beings have had with God. These encounters have been carefully recorded by …

Lent is all about Love

Fr. Joel Being Catholic

This year Ash Wednesday falls on February 14th, commonly commemorated as Valentine’s Day. It’s going to be quite the cultural conundrum for Catholics. Most of America will be thinking romantic thoughts, taking a honey out on a dinner date or surprising her with a box of chocolates. For Catholics, it will be Ash Wednesday as usual: fasting, abstaining from meat, …

Let Jesus Bring You Back to Life (#812, 6th Sunday)

Fr. Joel Homilies

A leper was like a corpse; Jesus brought him back to life. God made you for a purpose. We get exhausted when we forget our purpose. Funeral Masses, St. Damian and Care Ministers all help remind us. This Lent let Jesus bring you back to life. (11 Feb 2018)