Fr. Joel’s Homily for Aug 15

Fr. Joel Homilies

Aug15 – The Assumption and a Wedding (10:13)
Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Our Wedding Mass today falls on a beautiful Feast of Mary. What can Mary teach us about married life? First, she shows us how to give ourselves completely to God and one another. Secondly, she shows us the importance of constant communication. Third, she reminds us to protect our own purity and that of our spouse. If you follow Mary’s example, you too will be able to sing, “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord…” (15 Aug 2009)

This weekend we had guest preachers doing a missionary appeal, so they took most of the Masses and all the homilies. This homily I recorded at my Saturday wedding. The Solemnity of the Assupmtion takes precedence over the wedding Mass, which means that we could take one reading from the wedding liturgy and the remaining readings and prayers were from the holy day. It was a unique challenge for a preacher. I have included a picture of the vestment that I mention in the homily. It was a gift from parishioners of my last parish.