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“It’s my Fault” (Homily for Palm Sunday)

Fr. Joel Homilies

Podcast: Play in new window | Download ()Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | How to SubscribeIt’s my sin that crucified Jesus (6:00) Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord [readings] After the Gospel of Palm Sunday: Holy Week is a journey through the cross to the Resurrection. We are invited to give Jesus something better than cloaks …

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“Cast the clutter out of your Temple” (Homily for Lent 3)

Fr. Joel Homilies

Podcast: Play in new window | Download ()Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | How to SubscribeCast the clutter out of your Temple Lent, 3rd Sunday. Jesus casts out the sellers and money-changers because the temple should be about one thing: God. We are temples of the Holy Spirit. Our lives should be about this one thing too. Today …

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“A future full of Glory, a present full of Hope” (Homily for Lent 2)

Fr. Joel Homilies

Podcast: Play in new window | Download ()Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | How to SubscribeLent2 – A future full of Glory, a present full of Hope Lent, Second Sunday. America: the Land of Opportunity! America used to be a place of boundless optimism. Science, technology, and medicine were constantly improving our lives. If something was still a …

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“We are not Orphans” (Homily for Lent 1)

Fr. Joel Homilies

Podcast: Play in new window | Download ()Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | How to SubscribeLent1 – We are not Orphans Lent, first Sunday. Jesus is tempted to give up the belief that God is his Heavenly Father. Here are the temptations: Turn stones into bread: God won’t provide for me. Jump off the temple: God won’t protect …

“Blood and Ashes” (Homily for Ash Wednesday)

Fr. Joel Homilies

Podcast: Play in new window | Download ()Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | How to SubscribeBlood and Ashes [audio:2012lent0.mp3|titles=Blood and Ashes|artists=Fr.Joel] Ash Wednesday. Ashes from our burnt school give a new meaning to Ash Wednesday. They remind me that all that we have, own, and value is really just ashes. Everything is ashes except the Blood of Jesus …

Homily for Good Friday (reprise)

Fr. Joel Homilies

Podcast: Play in new window | Download ()Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | How to SubscribeMy Best Friend Died Today I didn’t preach this year for Good Friday, so here is a reprise from last year. Good Friday. My best friend died today. And I killed him. I didn’t mean to, but I did. I had other friends …

Homily for Holy Thursday

Fr. Joel Homilies

Podcast: Play in new window | Download ()Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | How to SubscribeWorth the Price He Paid Holy Thursday. We judge the value of an item by the price that was paid for it. You were bought at the price of a man’s blood — and not just any man, but God’s own Son. Peter …

Homily for Lent 4

Fr. Joel Homilies

Podcast: Play in new window | Download ()Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | How to SubscribeConfession Cures Spiritual Blindness Lent, 4th Sunday. Scattered Shadows by John Howard Griffin tells the story of a man’s journey into blindness and back again. The most interesting thing was that regaining his sight required as much adjustment as becoming blind had required. …

Homily for Lent 1st Sunday

Fr. Joel Homilies

Podcast: Play in new window | Download ()Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | How to SubscribeThe Father ends all Fears Jesus fasts in the desert for 40 days and is tempted by the Devil. The “in” the Devil uses to tempt Jesus are three great human fears. Let’s look at each one. Fear of being Empty. It’s also …

Homily for Ash Wednesday

Fr. Joel Homilies

Podcast: Play in new window | Download ()Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | How to SubscribeGifts and Ashes Lent, Ash Wednesday. What do we have to repent of? Here are three things: It’s all a Gift. — From the universe, to the sun and moon, to the stars, to the snow and the little bugs, everything is a …