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.

+320+ Communion: Union with Jesus (Family Mass 5)

Fr. Joel Homilies

Communion means Jesus is always with us; we are never alone. Mass has taught us so many wonderful things that we must go tell the whole world the Good News of God’s love! That’s a big job but we can do it because we have union with Jesus. When people see us, they should see Jesus in us. Go live the Gospel of the Lord! (3 Mar 2013)

+314+ Eucharistic Prayer: Heart-to-Heart (Family Mass 4)

Fr. Joel Homilies

Jesus wanted to give his friends the very best, so He gave them himself. At the Last Supper He offered them His Body and Blood and told them, “Do this in memory of me.” When we gather at Mass and remember Jesus, we become participants in His story: Sitting in Mass is like sitting at the last supper; Kneeling is like kneeling on Calvary; Standing is like standing at the empty tomb. He comes to give us His own heart, and He only asks for one thing on return: Will you give God your heart? (3 Feb 2013)

Youcharist (Homily for the 20th Sunday)

Fr. Joel Homilies

Podcast: Play in new window | Download ()Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | How to SubscribeYoucharist (13:00) Ordinary Time, 20th Sunday. The crowds today are rightly shocked when they hear Jesus telling them to eat Him. Only after the Last Supper are His disciples able to digest what Jesus was talking about: the Eucharist looks and tastes like …

Food for the Journey (Homily for Corpus Christi)

Fr. Joel Homilies

Podcast: Play in new window | Download ()Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | How to SubscribeFood for the Journey (8:15) Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi). We always ate well when my Mom was out of town. She was sure to prepare meals in advance to keep us going until she got …