Fr. Joel’s Homily for Oct 11

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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

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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

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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

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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 …

Fr. Joel’s homily for Sep 13

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Ord24 – Would you Rather…? (7:20)Ordinary Time, 24th Sunday. Would you rather: A) live of comfortable but mediocre life that does very little good for anyone, or B) live an uncomfortable life with a lot of suffering, but which does great good for the world? Jesus chose the second, and history shows us what a profound effect we can have …

Fr. Joel’s Homily for Sep 6th

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Ord23 – Be Opened Ordinary Time, 23rd Sunday. Jesus touches the deaf man and says "Be Opened" — and he can hear Jesus’ voice and praise God. We too are deaf to the voice of God. We need to allow Jesus to heal us so that we can hear him clearly and bring others to him. (6 Sep 2009) (The …

Better is a Clean Heart (Homily for Aug 30)

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Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 7:52 — 7.2MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | Stitcher | TuneIn | Spotify | RSS | Why Subscribe?Ordinary Time, 22nd Sunday. We work hard to keep our bodies clean and free from germs. But Jesus reminds us that a clean heart is better than clean hands. We have to …

Fr. Joel’s homily for Aug 23

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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

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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

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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 …