Fr. Joel’s homily for Jan 24

Fr. Joel Homilies

Ord3 – Give, and Receive More (14:38)Ordinary Time, 3rd Sunday. God gives many different gifts, but when we start comparing gifts, we tend to lose sight of the generous giver. By being generous ourselves in giving firstfruits, a tithe, or everything, we discover a deeper truth: a Father who loves us. (24 Jan 2010) Readings | Subscribe | iTunes Essentially …

Fr. Joel’s homily for Jan 17

Fr. Joel Homilies

Ord2 – Generous Receivers (13:28)Ordinary Time, Second Sunday. The Bible has three principles of giving: first fruits, tithing, and giving everything. They all have two things in common: recognizing that what we own is really a gift, and making room for God to be even more generous to us. So when it comes to giving, how generous do you want …

Fr. Joel’s homily for Jan 10

Fr. Joel Homilies

Ord1 – Child, I love You Baptism of the Lord. There was once a football player who yearned for his Father’s love and approval. At his Baptism in the Jordan God the Father speaks these words to his Son. Every child needs to hear the Father say, “Child, I love you. I’m proud of you.” (10 Jan 2010) Readings | …

Fr. Joel’s homily for Jan 1

Fr. Joel Homilies

Jan1 – How to be the Mother of Christ (7:50)Christmas: Mary, the Mother of God. Mary had the privilege of being blessed by God from the inside as she carried him in her womb. This is a privilege every Christian has as we carry God in our hearts. Mary will show you how to do it in this coming year. …

Fr. Joel’s homily for Dec 27

Fr. Joel Homilies

Chr – To be a Holy Family (6:50) Christmas, Holy Family. The recording is very poor so here is an abbreviated transcript of the homily. A couple of weeks ago a woman in our parish brought me a box of homemade goodies: applesauce, pears, jams, salsa, even cookies. So I put the box in the sacristy. After Mass I ran …

Fr. Joel’s homily for Christmas 2009

Fr. Joel Homilies

Christmas – Christ the Perfect Gift (8:10)Christmas Day. The best gifts are the homemade ones; they are one-of-a-kind and they reveal a lot about the giver. Christ is just such a custom-made gift. He reveals that God is a God of Love who wants a relationship with us. Are we willing to make room in our lives for this gift? …

Fr. Joel’s homily for Dec 20

Fr. Joel Homilies

Adv4 – Pregnant with Hope (6:30) Advent, 4th Sunday. The world has been growing darker, but meanwhile our Advent wreath is growing brighter. Hope is already in the world though we have not yet seen its effects. In the same way Mary is pregnant with hope, carrying Baby Jesus. Even though John and Elizabeth cannot see or hear Christ, they …

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 …