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: 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 work just as hard 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 …

One Boy’s Generosity (17th Sunday, July 26)

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Podcast: Download (Duration: 5:40 — 5.2MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | Stitcher | TuneIn | Spotify | RSS | Why Subscribe?Ordinary Time, 17th Sunday. The first reading shows how Elisha the prophet feeds 100 people with the generosity of one man, who gave his first-fruits to God. In the same way in the Gospel, the 5,000 are …

Fr. Joel’s Homily for July 19

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Ord16 – Listen to the Shepherd (5:22) Ordinary Time, 16th Sunday. Sheep gather around the shepherd, who bunches them together to keep them safe. If we don’t listen for the shepherd’s voice, we’ll wander off and get lost. (19 Jul 2009)

Fr. Joel’s Homily for July 12

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Ord15 – God with Us (9:04)Ordinary Time, 15th Sunday. As a new priest in an unfamiliar place I find myself welcomed by others but not able to answer any questions. In the course of my priestly studies and my time as a new priest, I discovered that God works through me anyway despite my lack of skill and knowledge. God …

Fr. Joel’s Homily for June 28

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Ord13 – How to Raise the Dead (6:24)Ordinary Time, 13th Sunday. Jesus heals an elderly woman because she has faith in him. He raises a young girl from the dead because of her parents’ faith. We often meet people who act like they are dead — weighted down, worn out, hopeless. We might think we can do nothing to help …