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We Must Die If We Want to Rise (#523, Easter 3)

Fr. Joel Homilies

I watched 31 high school kids die and rise. It is written that the Christ must suffer and die in order to rise, but so also must every Christian. We all want the joy of the Resurrection, but the only way to get there is the road of the Cross. (20 Apr 2015)

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The Tomb is Empty; Where is Jesus? (Easter 2105)

Fr. Joel Being Catholic

“They have taken the Lord from the tomb, and we don’t know where they put him.” These are the first frantic words of Mary Magdalene on the morning of Easter Sunday. She had seen Jesus nailed to the cross for three hours. She had watched him die on Good Friday. She watched as they buried him, sealed the tomb, and …

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The “I” Has to Die so a “We” Can Be Born (#426, Easter 6)

Fr. Joel Homilies

Marriages often fail when a couple is not prepared for the depth of communication and partnership that is required. But I do the same thing to God. I have often expected that God would support me in living “my” life and otherwise stay out of the way. Just like marriage, so we have to be willing to put God first and work on good communication. Most things are too big for me to handle, but there’s nothing “we” can’t handle.

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Breast-feed My Sheep (#425, Mothers’ Day)

Fr. Joel Homilies

The Good Shepherd knows his sheep by name, leads them out, and helps them find abundant life. Where do we see the Good Shepherd today? In other people. When a mother cradles her child and feeds it, God is feeding His sheep. Let us draw from God’s love so we can reflect it to other people.

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Look! Listen! God Is Here (#424, Easter 3)

Fr. Joel Homilies

Why do Catholics today look sad, timid, shy, and fearful? They haven’t met the risen Jesus! The Gospel shows us five places we can look for God: In the world He created, In good friends, In Scripture, In the Sacraments, and in the depths of our heart. Start living life in a contemplative way. This means we begin to realize that we are always in the presence of God. Look and Listen, and the risen Jesus will meet you.

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FrBenjamin – Holy communion is the most precious gift (2 Easter)

Benjamin Homilies

The Gospel reading for the second Sunday of Easter (Divine Mercy Sunday) teaches us something surprising: Jesus still has His wounds. Although the other marks of His passion have healed, Jesus still carries the wounds because they are a sign of God’s great love for us, and of the price paid for our redemption. Holy Communion is the most precious thing we will ever hold in our hands, because of how much it cost Jesus to give that gift to us – His whole life. The second most precious thing we will ever hold in our hands is another person. We should hold Holy Communion with the same reverence we would hold a baby, because we truly are holding the Body of Christ.

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Living Communion (#423, First Communion)

Fr. Joel Homilies

What connects Mass and the Resurrection? The Body and Blood of Christ present at Mass. Don’t come to Mass for what you can get, but come to give. When you give your heart, Jesus gives you his. We believe the Eucharist is Jesus’ Body and Blood because Jesus said so, and sometimes there are miracles that help our faith. Jesus gives us the Eucharist so we can be in communion with him. Live your Communion every day.