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The Light Brings Unity (#708, 3rd Sunday)

Fr. Joel Homilies

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C) • As long as the Packers keep winning, Green Bay lives in joy of the past and expectation of the next game. Christians should be living in the joy of Jesus’ victory and expectation of more to come. This joy and light should unite us, and make us a sign of unity in a divided country. Lets share the light of Christ this week.Read More

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God Things Come in Humble Packages (#706, Christmas)

Fr. Joel Homilies

The Nativity of the Lord (Christmas) • We have been waiting for Jesus and now here he is! Christmas tells us that we can find Jesus in humble, ordinary places: a stable, the Eucharist, with jail inmates, and with cancer patients. Christmas reminds us that the God who loves us has come to dwell with us. But Christmas is also about learning to recognize Jesus among us. Where do you see Jesus?

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True Greatness (Christmas Letter 2016)

Fr. Joel Being Catholic

A king sits on his throne looking bored. People dance to slow music. Suddenly the throne is empty. The commercial cuts to scenes of the king riding a horse, saving a princess from a robotic dragon, jumping on a helicopter and fighting with Spider Man in New York City. It ends with the tagline Greatness Awaits and shows a video-game machine.

We all know that playing video games does not lead to greatness. But we try anyway because don’t know where else to find the greatness we yearn for. Christmas gives us the answer. Greatness, it turns out, is found in the last places you’d think to look: a virgin’s womb, a carpenter’s home, wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger because there was no room in the inn.Read More

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Community of Discipleship: God in the Flesh (#705, Advent 4)

Fr. Joel Homilies

Fourth Sunday of Advent (Year A) • King Ahaz learns the hard way that he cannot save himself. Eight hundred years later the prophecy is fulfilled again when Jesus comes to save us from our sins. He also comes to be God-with-us. Joseph and Mary each say yes to God’s plan, so that God’s Son can be welcomed into a community. Through the Holy Spirit, the community of believers experiences God-with-us through one another.

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Open Your Heart to Friendship with Jesus (#704, Advent 3)

Fr. Joel Homilies

Third Sunday of Advent (Year A) • The miracles of Jesus say Here Is Your God. We can become discouraged when we do not see God bringing justice and stopping evil. Being a follower of Jesus means trusting Jesus even when things don’t make sense to us.

Our friends teach us about ourselves. Jesus wants to be our best friend. In the light of this friendship you will learn more about yourself, and more about your friend Jesus. Here is your God! Open your heart to friendship with God.Read More

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Conceived in the Mind of God (#703, Immaculate Conception)

Fr. Joel Homilies

Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary • Before we were conceived in our mother’s womb, we were conceived in the mind of God. He thought up the finished product: the saints in heaven are all immaculate. Mary was on earth what we will be in Heaven. Work along with God so that His conception of you can become a reality.

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The Kingdom May Be As Close As Your Next Bite of Food (#702, Advent 2)

Fr. Joel Homilies

Second Sunday of Advent (Year A) • Our vision statement says we are missionary disciples — what does that mean? There are four parts to missionary discipleship:

  1. Discover Jesus
  2. Follow Jesus
  3. Worship Jesus
  4. Share Jesus with Others

Being a disciple means allowing ourselves to be transformed by the daily encounter with Jesus. Being a missionary is about helping others realize that Jesus is already present and active in their life. We mistakenly think the Kingdom is a long way off so the work can wait. But the Kingdom is closer than you think; it may be as close as your next bite of food.Read More

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St. Andrew Christmas Novena

Fr. Joel Being Catholic

According to tradition prayed 15 times a day from St. Andrew’s Day (30 November) until Christmas

Hail and blessed be the hour and moment
in which the Son of God was born
of a most pure Virgin Mary
at midnight, in Bethlehem, in the piercing cold.

At that hour vouchsafe, O my God,
to hear my prayers and grant my desires:
(Mention your intentions here)
through the merits of Our Savior Jesus Christ,
and of His Blessed Mother. Amen.

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Advent: We Are Expecting (#701, Advent 1)

Fr. Joel Homilies

First Sunday of Advent (Year A) • The Kingdom of God surrounds us and breaks into our world. Do we welcome the interruptions of the Kingdom or do we try to reject them? The hardest thing for me to turn over to the King is “my time” and “my plans.” We need to be willing to drop everything like Hunter Mahan when the King calls us. Are you expecting the King to come, or to stay away? Advent means we are expecting.Read More