Fr. Joel’s Homily for June 7

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 …

Fr. Joel’s Homily for Easter Sunday

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Easter Day – Christ is Alive!Easter Sunday. The Gospels do not record the scene of Jesus’ Resurrection. But Jesus appears again and again to his disciples; the ‘Tada moment’ happens in the life of every Christian. Christ is alive and active in this world. Pray, seek him, run to the tomb! Christ becomes visible to those chosen as his witnesses. …

Fr. Joel’s Homily for Easter Vigil

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Easter Vigil – The Night of NightsEaster Vigil. Tonight is the night that Christ broke the gates of death and led Adam and Eve into heaven. Tonight the Paschal Lamb’s blood saves the Israelites from the Angel of Death. By his wounds and blows, Christ re-shapes our human nature into the Image and Likeness of God. Tonight the Church emerges …

Fr. Joel’s Homily for April 5 (Palm Sunday 2009)

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Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 1:34 — 735.1KB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | How to SubscribeLent6 – Steadfast Love Lent, Palm (Passion) Sunday. Human love is often fickle and spineless. One Sunday the crowd acclaims Jesus, next Friday it condemns him. Peter and Judas do the same. In contrast Jesus shows steadfast love even if …

Fr. Joel’s homily for Jan. 1

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I couldn’t record my homily today, so I typed it instead. I hope you enjoy reading. Christmas, the Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God. Happy New Year!In many Asian cultures, it is very important to start the new year off right. The children try to treat elders with the utmost respect and be as good as possible on this …