Fr. Joel’s homily for May 2

Fr. Joel Homilies

East5 – Keep Loving and Forgiving (8:40)Easter, 5th Sunday. Christ loves us with self-giving love and He wants us to do the same. But loving in this world leads to hardship and requires forgiveness. I’ve had to live this in my own life, and we’ve seen it in the Amish community, and the life of Mother Mary. God promises good …

Fr. Joel’s homily for Apr 25

Fr. Joel Homilies

East4 – The Power of Love (7:45)Easter, 4th Sunday. Tyrants beware! Christ destroys the power of fear with the power of his self-giving love. There is nothing more powerful; if we will let Him into our lives, it will set us free. (25 Apr 2010) Readings | Subscribe | iTunes This homily borrows generously from Fr. Robert Barron’s Word on …

Fr. Joel’s Homily for First Communion

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Easter3 – Communion with God (13:30)Easter, 3rd Sunday and First Communion. Jesus wants to feed his sheep with the gift only He can give – Himself. What is the point of being Christian? It is to be with the God whom we love and who loves us. The point of being Christian is Union with God. As we receive the …

Fr. Joel’s homily for Easter 2010

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Easter Sunday – The Resurrection changes Everything (14:30)Easter Sunday. Why is the empty tomb good news? Because it means that Christ is Risen, Truly Risen! No longer is the grave our ultimate destiny. The tomb becomes a launchpad to new life. By choosing Christ now we can begin to experience the New Life in our lives. Do you reject Satan? …

Fr. Joel’s homily for Good Friday

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Good Friday – My Best Friend Died Today (3:30)Good Friday. My best friend died today. And I killed him. I didn’t mean to, but I did. I had other friends and other activities, things I knew he wouldn’t be proud of. Then I discovered a lot of people who felt the same way. We wanted him gone. Finally he was …

Fr. Joel’s homily for Palm Sunday (2010)

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Lent6 – Make this week Holy (4:30) Lent, Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion. You can tell how much something is worth by the price that was paid for it. You were bought at the price of Christ’s blood. Spend this week meditating on your true value. (28 Mar 2010)

Fr. Joel’s — actually, Deacon Kevin’s homily for Mar 21

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Lent5 – Throw Stones or Give Chicken? (9:35)Today’s homily is brought to you by Deacon Kevin DeCleeneLent, 5th Sunday. The Gospel shows us many different roles people can play in a situation. In the end, Jesus chooses not to throw stones, but to show unconditional love. This same love can be seen in the generosity of Robert, a many once …

Fr. Joel’s homily for Mar 14

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Lent4 – A Father’s Prodigal Love (5:30)Lent, 4th Sunday. What is the moral of the prodigal son? A son learns that his real treasure was his father’s love for him, a fact that the father already knew, and the older son has yet to learn. A Father’s love is worth more than wealth. How often we take God’s love for …

Fr. Joel’s homily for Mar 7

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Lent3 – Let Him Remove the Obstacles (9:00)Lent, 3rd Sunday. God wants to fill our hearts with his love. But there’s a problem – our weakness and our sins are obstacles to His love. Faced with these things, we settle for being “good enough.” But God calls us to be Great and He can make us great, if only we …

Fr. Joel’s homily for Feb 28

Fr. Joel Homilies

Lent2 – Listen to Jesus (8:50)Lent, 2nd Sunday. When you find yourself in a cloud, listen to the voice of Jesus. Like Abraham, we are in a covenant with God. Live according to that covenant by listening to Jesus. (28 Feb 2010) Readings | Subscribe | iTunes