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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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+317+ The Church is serious about Mass on Sunday (Lent 1)

Fr. Joel Homilies

Four Things the Church is Serious About, part 1: The Church is serious about Mass on Sunday. Deliberately missing Mass on Sunday is a mortal sin. Why the rule? Christians gather to celebrate the Resurrection and to be fed by almighty God. The world can’t satisfy us because we were made for God. Don’t spiritually starve to death. Come to Mass on Sunday. (17 Feb 2012)

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+316+ Remember you are Dust (Ash Wednesday)

Fr. Joel Homilies

The Church is about conversion, a change of heart, and repentance. Repentance starts by remembering that you are going to die. We will each stand before Almighty God and answer God’s questions: What have you done with the amazing life I gave you? Now is the time to start preparing for that moment. Now is the time to repent and believe in the Gospel. (13 Feb 2013)

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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 | Google Podcasts | Stitcher | Spotify | 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 …

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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 | Google Podcasts | Stitcher | Spotify | 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 …

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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 | Google Podcasts | Stitcher | Spotify | 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 …

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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 | Google Podcasts | Stitcher | Spotify | 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. …

“Blood and Ashes” (Homily for Ash Wednesday)

Fr. Joel Homilies

Podcast: Play in new window | Download ()Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | Stitcher | Spotify | 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 …

Homily for Good Friday (reprise)

Fr. Joel Homilies

Podcast: Play in new window | Download ()Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | Stitcher | Spotify | 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, …