Easter 2016 “The Kingdom Has Come”

Fr. Joel God & Faith

For generations Israel waited and hoped for a new King. He would be a son of David anointed by God (‘the Christ’) to establish a new Kingdom on earth (Isaiah 11:1-10). For three years Jesus had been preaching and teaching. Angels had sung at his birth and wise men traveled far to honor him. He healed the sick and even raised the dead. Was he the …

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)

What does the Catholic faith say about shootings? Subtitle: is Elliot Rodger in Hell?

Benjamin Church meets World

The news last week was about a shooting spree in California. The news was disturbing, not so much because of the number of victims, but because of crazy randomness of the whole event. The protagonist was a 22 year old name Elliot Rodger. As best as journalists can determine, the event began when he stabbed three roommates – all three …

+334+ The Spirit in the Fire (Pentecost)

Fr. Joel Homilies

Our school fire last year was a terrible tragedy, but the Holy Spirit was moving in that fire to bring something bright, new, and so much better. The Spirit continues to work in the Church to bring unity, to purify us, and to speak to us in every language. The Spirit also moves people to step forward to serve the people of God in special ways – Priests, Deacons, Lay Ministers. The Spirit is moving in their lives and ours. Come, Holy Spirit!

+307+ The Lord is Near to Newtown (Advent 3)

Fr. Joel Homilies

Advent, 3rd Sunday. The Lord will be gathering the good to himself, but the evil he will “burn with unquenchable fire.” No one gets away with evil — not me, not you, not Adam Lanza. For those who are doing evil, this is very bad news. For those who are suffering the effects of evil, this is very good news. We have seen our darkness and sin, and our powerlessness to stop it. We need a Savior, and He is near, in our midst. Come Lord Jesus! Come and save us. (16 Dec 2012)