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Hope: God’s Already Got This (#503, Advent 3)

Fr. Joel Homilies

“The one who calls you is faithful; he also will accomplish it.” Our hope rests in God, who has already been taking care of us. This gives us the confidence to trust Him with our future. When I can’t, God can, and He will, and He is. (14 Dec 2014)

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Where to Find True Security (#502, Advent 2)

Fr. Joel Homilies

Here comes your God with power — to scoop you up in his strong arms! Stop trusting in money and things. Our true security does not come from what we have but from who we are: beloved sheep in the arms of our mighty and gentle shepherd. (7 Dec 2014)

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+404+ Don’t be discouraged! We always encounter Jesus (Advent 3)

Fr. Joel Homilies

John the Baptist might be getting discouraged, and so might we: Where is the Lord? Don’t be discouraged. The Lord who is coming is already here. Pope Francis said: “… in these things we always find Jesus.” Advent is about starting to see that the Lord is here right now, in things as simple as a Grace before Meals. “Rejoice in the Lord always, again I say: Rejoice. Indeed the Lord is near.”

Mary helps us take our first faith steps (Advent 2)

Benjamin Homilies

When Jesus came to earth, He did not begin sorting the good from the bad right away. Instead He came to plant faith on the earth so that there could be an abundant harvest. We have been given the faith, but it needs to grow. Mary helps nourish the faith in our hearts and she helps teach her children to walk. The walk of faith is when we do not rely on the things around us for support, and Mary help us take our first faith steps.

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+402+ The Crooked Yardstick, and how to stop measuring Yourself (Advent 2)

Fr. Joel Homilies

Nelson Mandela brought Truth and Reconciliation to South Africa. The coming Messiah brings Truth and Reconciliation, and we must repent and be prepared. John the Baptist condemns the Pharisees for creating a crooked yardstick to measure people. We need to put down our crooked yardsticks and let Jesus do the measuring. A good way to do this is a nightly examination of Conscience. Repent today, because the Lord is closer than you think.