Fr. Joel’s Homily for July 12

Fr. Joel Homilies

Ord15 – God with Us (9:04)Ordinary Time, 15th Sunday. As a new priest in an unfamiliar place I find myself welcomed by others but not able to answer any questions. In the course of my priestly studies and my time as a new priest, I discovered that God works through me anyway despite my lack of skill and knowledge. God …

Fr. Joel’s Homily for June 28

Fr. Joel Homilies

Ord13 – How to Raise the Dead (6:24)Ordinary Time, 13th Sunday. Jesus heals an elderly woman because she has faith in him. He raises a young girl from the dead because of her parents’ faith. We often meet people who act like they are dead — weighted down, worn out, hopeless. We might think we can do nothing to help …

Fr. Joel’s Homily for June 21

Fr. Joel Homilies

Ord12 – Fathers Day (9:20)Ordinary Time, 12th Sunday. God has put order to the universe, creating a reliable, dependable environment for his children to play in. Fathers are called to do the same. It is like building a cathedral — the family is a lasting witness filled with mystery where God is worshiped. Many families have had the experience of …

Fr. Joel’s Homily for June 14

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Corpus Christ – Communion through Sacrifice (7:22)Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ. Jesus loved to sit down to a good meal. Eating with him, sinners become friends, friends become disciples, and disciples become saints. But we cannot forget that in a world gone wrong, there is no Communion without Sacrifice. Christ sacrificed so that we could have communion …

Fr. Joel’s Homily for June 7

Fr. Joel Homilies

Trinity – The Community of God (8:21)Trinity Sunday. We believe in One God. We believe in the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Which of those three is God? The ancient Athanasian Creed proclaims that the Father is God, the Son is God, the Holy Spirit is God, yet there are not three gods, but one God. This is the mystery …

Fr. Joel’s Homily for May 31

Fr. Joel Homilies

Pentecost – Our Friend the Spirit (3:13)Easter, the Feast of Pentecost. We have all experienced the power of good friends to help and encourage us. The Holy Spirit is like a good friend: he accompanies us, encourage us, and talks to us about the Son as we walk and sing on our pilgrimage to Heaven. (31 May 2009) Readings | …

Fr. Joel’s Homily for May 24

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Easter7 – God never Abandons his PeopleEaster, Ascension of Our Lord. Jesus appears to abandon his disciples when he leaves them to return to heaven. But God never abandons his people; Jesus continues to be present and active through the power of the Spirit. In the same way, some might say that God has abandoned his Church today. But God …

Fr. Joel’s Homily for May 17

Fr. Joel Homilies

Easter6 – Love is from GodEaster, 6th Sunday. Jesus asks the impossible: Love your enemies… Do good to those who hate you… How could we be expected to do that? With the gift of love that comes from God. The Father loves the Son, the Son loves his Disciples, and so the disciples are called to love one another. We …

Fr. Joel’s Homily for May 10

Fr. Joel Homilies

Easter5 – The Vine, the branches and Motherhood (6:20)Easter, 5th Sunday. Some explorers searched the New World for the Tree of Life which was supposed to give immortality to those who drank its sap. We have this tree among us — Jesus. He is the vine, we are the branches. Jesus gives his own divine life to his disciples. In …

Fr. Joel’s Homily for April 19

Fr. Joel Homilies

East2 – The tender Mercy of our GodEaster, Divine Mercy Sunday. Jesus appears to his scared, guilty Apostles and says, “Peace be with you.” He has mercy on them. And furthermore, he wants them to pass his mercy on to others: “Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them,” he says. The Apostles exercise this mercy by welcoming Thomas back into …