Homily for the 25th Sunday by Fr. Joel

Fr. Joel Homilies

Ordinary Time, 25th Sunday. Oprah can give away vacations to Australia. I can only give a few little gifts. Our Gospel features a dishonest steward who learns that some things are more important than money. How do we learn this lesson? By being generous. Even more than others need our generosity, we ourselves need to be generous. Dostoevsky’s Parable of the Onion shows how much it matters. We can be generous with our money, our time, our prayer, even our love. Most of us can’t give away Aussie vacations, but we can all give something far more valuable – ourselves. [click post of audio content]

Homily for the 24th Sunday by Fr. Joel

Fr. Joel Homilies

The song “The First Time” by U2 captures what the prodigal son is feeling – “I left by the back door, and I threw away the key.” What does the prodigal son learn after all his misadventures? He learns that the best thing he ever had was his father’s love for him. Only God would leave 99 sheep to search for 1 lost one, turn his house upside down looking for a penny, forgive the Israelites time and time again, sacrifice his Son for us, and turn Paul the persecutor of Christians into Paul the Apostle of Christ. Often, we who sit in the pews are like the older son; we spend years serving the Church without ever realizing what the Father’s love really means. It’s time to discover Him. [click article for audio content]

Homily for the Assumption by Fr. Joel

Fr. Joel Homilies

Mary is a perfect example to us in three aspects of her life: Virgin, Mother, Disciple. She shows us how to leave space for God, how to recognize him in the vulnerable, and how to always remain faithful to him. She is happy to teach every Christian, if only we would ask. [click post for audio content]

Homily for the 19th Sunday by Fr. Joel

Fr. Joel Homilies

Welcome His Kingship. Ordinary Time, 19th Sunday. Christ warns us that he will come unexpectedly. Those who welcome His kingship look forward to His coming with joyful expectation. Those who resent His kingship experience fearful expectation. Do we welcome or resent the kingship of Christ in our lives? An opportunity I have the welcome or resent Christ’s kingship is being transferred to a new parish. I was encouraged by hearing an old favorite song, Love Changes Everything. [click post for audio content]