Marriage, Miracles, and Banana Peels (#607, 2nd Sunday)

Fr. Joel Homilies

Marriage begins in the Garden of Eden. Chastity preserves marriage from the corruption of sin. This is the first wine. The Sacrament of Matrimony is the new wine: an image of the love of God himself that desires a One Flesh union with us. [AUDIO]

Don’t Leave Jesus Standing at the Altar (#539, 21st Sunday)

Fr. Joel Homilies

Marriage is that is a gift that is Total, Faithful, Fruitful, and Free. Jesus gives everything even to His flesh and the last drop of His blood. How do we respond to Jesus’ gift of himself? Don’t leave Jesus standing at the altar! (23 Aug 2015)

More Than $10,000,000 and a Diamond Ring (#538, 20th Sunday)

Fr. Joel Homilies

(feat. Deacon Michael Thiel) Jesus says “Eat Me!” and we do at every Catholic Mass. What if Father gave out $10,000,000? What if you heard “The Body of Christ” with the same enthusiasm as “Would you Marry Me?” Are you excited for Communion? (16 Aug 2015)

Love So Extravagant, You Can Almost Taste It (#531, Corpus Christi)

Fr. Joel Homilies

Christ offers his Blood to purify believers and make us “blood brothers” with God. This one sacrifice is present whenever you have priests who are descended from the Last Supper. At Mass God’s extravagant love becomes so real, so present, you can almost taste it. (7 June 2015)

I Know Jesus is Risen Because I see Him Within You (#521, Easter Sunday)

Fr. Joel Homilies

Where is Jesus? He is with us on the road and at the Mass. Every Sunday we practice for Heaven. Keep searching for Jesus and He will find you. Receive Him and others will find Him within you and say: Christ is Risen! (5 Apr 2015)

The Savior is IN (Homily for Corpus Christi)

Fr. Joel Being Catholic, Homilies

Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi). Today we celebrate Corpus Christi, the feast of the Body and Blood of the Lord. We are going to study possibly the most shocking and even scandalous teaching of Christianity: the Real Presence of Jesus. Our readings today show us Jesus causing a terrible scandal. He tells the …

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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.

+336+ The King of all Hearts (Corpus Christi)

Fr. Joel Homilies

Where would we expect to find the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords? Anywhere but the humble bread on the humble altar of a humble church. Christ becomes present in bread and wine not to “wow” us but to “woo” us. The King of all Hearts wants to be the King of your heart. Will you let Him in?

+330+ The Good Shepherd feeds his Sheep (1st Communion)

Fr. Joel Homilies

Our parents fed us, first milk, then solid food, now the best food of all: the Eucharist. The Eucharist is when Jesus, the good Shepherd, feeds us, his sheep. This Shepherd became a sheep, the Lamb of God, and then died for His sheep. When we were baptized we were clothed in white and became God’s sheep. Now the sheep come forward to eat from their Shepherd’s hand.