Homily for the 31st Sunday by Fr. Joel

Fr. Joel Church meets World, Homilies

Jesus sees the world differently and invites us to see it differently too. How does a Christian see the world when it comes to voting? Our Bishops have provided us with four basic principles:
1) The right to life of every human person.
2) The nature of marriage between a man and a woman, which must be protected and defended.
3) A special love for the poor, vulnerable, and those in danger or distress.
4) Stewardship of Creation.
This is how Christ sees the world. And remember this: only those who vote are allowed to complain about the government. [click post for audio content]

Homily for the 29th Sunday by Fr. Joel

Fr. Joel Homilies

It is hard to say ‘no’ when children beg. Can we not trust our Heavenly Father to give us what we need when we beg Him? Our readings teach us about prayer. First of all, we have to pray with persistence. Moses prays persistently and the Israelites win a battle. Second, we have to be patient. The Chilean miners show us what it means to patiently wait for rescue. Finally, do we want our children to only ask us for things? No. In the same way, God wants a friendship with us. The real fruit of patient, persistent prayer is friendship with God. [click post of audio content]

Homily for the 27th Sunday

Fr. Joel Homilies

Most of us have said, “There just aren’t enough hours in the day.” But there are — there is enough time to accomplish everything that God has planned for me to accomplish. We trust God about the big things that we have no control over, but we have a hard time trusting God with the everyday things. When Jesus says, “Faith the size of a mustard seed,” I think he is talking about faith in small matters like our everyday events. If we have faith in small things, great things are possible. [click post for audio content]

Homily for the 26th Sunday

Fr. Joel Homilies

A recession shows the difference between apparent wealth and real wealth. The Gospel goes deeper, revealing that all wealth is passing away. Then what is truly lasting? At a football game there is a lot more going on than the numbers on the scoreboard. The only thing that truly lasts is the kind of people we are becoming. Every choice we make shapes who we are as people. Small acts add up to habits and character and create who you are as a person. What really matters is not where you live or what you own or do, but what kind of person you are becoming. [click post for audio content]