Fr. Joel’s homily for Dec 13

Fr. Joel Homilies

Adv3 – Rejoice, the Lord is Near (7:50) Advent, 3rd Sunday. Rejoice in the Lord always, the Lord is near! John the Baptist calls his listeners to their deepest desires – Peace, Joy, and Unconditional Love. These desires can only be filled by God. Advent is the season of realizing our need for God and of refusing all the things …

Fr. Joel’s homily for Dec 6

Fr. Joel Homilies

Adv2 – Make way for the King (5:25) Advent, 2nd Sunday. The king is coming and he promises to bring Glory, Joy, Light, Justice and Peace, but only those whose hearts are open to receive him. What are the mountains of pride in your life that need to be leveled? What are the valleys of woundedness that need to be …

Fr. Joel’s homily for Nov 8

Fr. Joel Homilies

Ord32 – How to buy Heaven for Two Pennies (9:11) Ordinary Time, 32nd Sunday. What do we do when even our best isn’t good enough? Today we see two widows who do not have enough. One gives here little to Elijah and God rewards her generously. Another gives her little to the temple and wins the admiration of Jesus. What …

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 …