Fr. Joel’s Homily for Nov 1

Fr. Joel Homilies

Nov1 – The Joy of Innocence (7:56) Solemnity of All Saints. God has adopted us as his children. "See what love the Father has bestowed on us that we might be called Children of God. Yet so we are." Children are innocent; they enjoy things simply because they are good. Children love to sing for the fun of it, while …

Fr. Joel’s homily for Oct 25

Fr. Joel Homilies

Ord30 – The Gift of Priesthood (8:41) Ordinary Time, 30th Sunday. Today is Priesthood Appreciation Sunday and our readings show some interesting aspects of priesthood. Hebrews reminds us that only Christ is the high priest and all other priests participate in His priesthood. Jeremiah reminds the people how much God cares for them, a care which is Sacramentally visible through …

Fr. Joel’s Homily for Oct 18

Fr. Joel Homilies

Ord29 – Serve and be Served (5:16) Ordinary Time, 29th Sunday. Jesus has been giving a long list of what it takes to be his disciple. Why? Because Jesus does these things and the disciple must be like his master. Jesus has made himself the servant of all and he deeply desires to serve you. But in order to receive …

Fr. Joel’s Homily for Oct 11

Fr. Joel Homilies

Ord28 – Smile, God Loves You (6:10) Ordinary Time, 28th Sunday. One thing has struck me since I arrived here in this city: how sad people look all the time. No one really smiles on the street or in the mall. Some can’t even smile back when you smile at them. On a recent TEC retreat, I discovered people that …

Fr. Joel’s Homily for Oct. 4

Fr. Joel Homilies

Ord27 – Respect Life Sunday (12:46) Ordinary Time, 27th Sunday. What are we passing on to our children? The last three Gospel readings have all mentioned children. Are we passing on faith? Are we passing on love? Are we passing on respect for all human life? In addition to families, a very important resource for our children is our Catholic …

Fr. Joel’s Homily for Sep 27

Fr. Joel Homilies

Ord26 – Cut it Out (9:23) Ordinary Time, 26th Sunday. Jesus talks about cutting off hands, feet and eyes. Is he serious? A malfunctioning gas flap on a car shows what Jesus really means: We cannot tolerate even a little sin in our lives. Even small sins begin to choke off the life of God that we desperately need. (27 …

Fr. Joel’s Homily for Sep 20th

Fr. Joel Homilies

Ord25 – Downward Mobility (6:30) Ordinary Time, 25th Sunday. Jesus predicts his passion a second time, and then catches his disciples trying to be the greatest. "Whoever wishes to be first must be the last of all and the servant of all." This is Downward Mobility, Jesus’ invitation to seek the good of others instead of satisfying our own selfish …

Fr. Joel’s homily for Sep 13

Fr. Joel Homilies

Ord24 – Would you Rather…? (7:20)Ordinary Time, 24th Sunday. Would you rather: A) live of comfortable but mediocre life that does very little good for anyone, or B) live an uncomfortable life with a lot of suffering, but which does great good for the world? Jesus chose the second, and history shows us what a profound effect we can have …

Fr. Joel’s Homily for Sep 6th

Fr. Joel Homilies

Ord23 – Be Opened Ordinary Time, 23rd Sunday. Jesus touches the deaf man and says "Be Opened" — and he can hear Jesus’ voice and praise God. We too are deaf to the voice of God. We need to allow Jesus to heal us so that we can hear him clearly and bring others to him. (6 Sep 2009) (The …

Fr. Joel’s homily for Aug 30

Fr. Joel Homilies

Ord22 – Better is a Clean Heart (7:50)Ordinary Time, 22nd Sunday. We work hard to keep our bodies clean and free from germs. But Jesus reminds us that a clean heart is better than clean hands. We have to work just as hard to avoid Spiritual Contagion. Fortunately, Jesus provides us with antidotes: Prayer, Confession, and Penance. (30 Aug 2009) …