Fr. Joel’s homily for Aug 23

Fr. Joel Homilies

Ord21 – Submit to Sacrificial Love (6:50)Ordinary Time, 21st Sunday. Ephesians 5 is a notoriously unpopular reading. However, if we read it backwards it begins to make more sense. St. Paul calls husbands to love their wives with the same love of Christ — self-giving, sacrificial love. Wives must submit themselves to being loved. As they then submit themselves to …

Fr. Joel’s Homily for Aug 15

Fr. Joel Homilies

Aug15 – The Assumption and a Wedding (10:13)Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Our Wedding Mass today falls on a beautiful Feast of Mary. What can Mary teach us about married life? First, she shows us how to give ourselves completely to God and one another. Secondly, she shows us the importance of constant communication. Third, she …

Fr. Joel’s Homily for Aug 9

Fr. Joel Homilies

Ord19 – Seminarian Appeal (8:13)Ordinary Time, 19th Sunday. The prophet Elijah is exhausted and prays for death, but God feeds and sustains him. Our Church is tired too and sometimes seems to have little hope. But we have good news — God continues to work with, call and inspire young people. Our Diocese now has 22 seminarians and 10 of …

Fr. Joel’s Homily for July 26

Fr. Joel Homilies

Ord17 – One Boy’s Generosity (5:40)Ordinary Time, 17th Sunday. The first reading shows how Elisha the prophet feeds 100 people with the generosity of one man, who gave his first-fruits to God. In the same way in the Gospel, the 5,000 are fed because one boy was willing to give all he had to Jesus. We are invited to do …

Fr. Joel’s Homily for July 19

Fr. Joel Homilies

Ord16 – Listen to the Shepherd (5:22) Ordinary Time, 16th Sunday. Sheep gather around the shepherd, who bunches them together to keep them safe. If we don’t listen for the shepherd’s voice, we’ll wander off and get lost. (19 Jul 2009)

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

Fr. Joel Homilies

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 …