This Year Elves Put Up My Christmas Tree | #1005

Fr. Joel Homilies

Christmas – We hide from the darkness of our past and our fears. Jesus comes to be your friend, a friend who is the Light. He loves you and wants a relationship with you. What do you have to do? Just leave the door unlocked!

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Discount Discipleship | #941

Fr. Joel Homilies

Ordinary 23 – Marriage and discipleship both require a total gift of self. If you try to negotiate a lower ‘cost’, you’ll find these relationships constantly frustrating. If you’re not afraid to pay the price, the rewards are out of this world.

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A Speed Bump On Advent Road | #902

Fr. Joel Homilies

Immaculate Conception – On our way to celebrate Jesus’ birth, we pause to celebrate Mary’s conception. Why?!? God had such a great gift that no one was pure enough to receive it. God helped Mary be ready. Advent is when God helps us get ready.

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Marriage, Miracles, and Banana Peels (#607, 2nd Sunday)

Fr. Joel Homilies 1 Comment

Marriage begins in the Garden of Eden. Chastity preserves marriage from the corruption of sin. This is the first wine. The Sacrament of Matrimony is the new wine: an image of the love of God himself that desires a One Flesh union with us. [AUDIO]

Ord25 – Receiving the Gift of God | #140

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Ordinary25 – We are often ungrateful for God’s gifts. We ask God for all kinds of things… How often have you asked God for a deeper relationship with Him? The best gift God has to give is Himself, but it’s often the last gift we really want.