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+324+ Servant is Lord is Servant (Holy Thursday)

Fr. Joel Homilies

The Lord of the house lived in luxury; the servants lived simple lives. But Jesus, the true Lord, chooses to serve. He invites us to do the same. A husband washes the feet of his wife and family when he uses his authority to serve them. Let the Lord serve you that you might serve others.

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+323+ The King and the Cross (Palm Sunday)

Fr. Joel Homilies

Jesus enters Jerusalem as the triumphal Messiah and true King of a kingdom of love and peace. But the kingdoms of the world dominate and destroy Him. Peter discovers that Jesus’ kingdom is the one that truly lasts, but we can only enter it by taking up our crosses. Will you deny Him, or will you follow Him through death to the Resurrection? (24 Mar 2013)

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+316+ Remember you are Dust (Ash Wednesday)

Fr. Joel Homilies

Lent, Ash Wednesday – The Church is in the business of fundamental change. We call it “repentance.” Repentance starts when we remember we are dust, and to dust you will return. Now is the time to start preparing for that moment. (13 Feb 2013)

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

Fr. Joel Homilies

It’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 and palms; we are called to lay down ourselves before Him. It is easy to follow Jesus …

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

Fr. Joel Homilies

Cast 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 we are given the 10 Commandments to remind us put God first in our lives, and to …

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

Fr. Joel Homilies

Lent2 – 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 problem, it was only because we hadn’t got around to solving it yet. Today was better than …

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

Fr. Joel Homilies

Lent1 – 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 me. Worship Satan: Not content to be the Son of God. Jesus passes all these temptations. He …

“Blood and Ashes” (Homily for Ash Wednesday)

Fr. Joel Homilies

Blood 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 Christ. In fact, only God and other people will survive the end of the world. That is …

Good Friday – My Best Friend Died Today (reprise)

Fr. Joel Homilies

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 and other activities, things I knew he wouldn’t be proud of. Then I discovered a lot of people who felt the same …