Homilies tagged with ‘Matthew’

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July 16, 2017 -15th Sunday of Ordinary Time (A)

In this longer form of the Parable of the Sower, Jesus not only tells us the parable, he also explains the meaning of the parable. So, since the Lord has already given us his own homily, looks like my job here is finished.  Please stand for the creed. Just kidding.  Indeed, we have a parable […]

July 2, 2017 – 13th Sunday of Ordinary Time (A)

Well, it’s Ordinary Time, and so Father Joe is back to his ordinary shtick, and you know what that means—movie references.  Now, I love just about any movie with an epic battle scene as the climax of the story.  And any movie with a great, epic battle scene would be incomplete without a rousing, epic […]

June 25, 2017 – 12th Sunday of Ordinary Time (A)

We can glean a few different teachings from the gospel reading today: Do not be afraid. The Gospel is for everyone Trust in God’s providence First, Jesus tells us, “Do not be afraid,” or, “Fear no one.”  Jesus says it three times in this short Gospel passage.  He must have been trying to tell us […]

May 28, 2017 – The Ascension of the Lord

“He ascended into Heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.” We say these words every Sunday in the Creed, and today gives us a chance to take a moment and look more closely at what we are saying.  After all, we start off by saying, “I believe…” so, what is it […]

March 5, 2017 – First Sunday of Lent

Did you give up chocolate for Lent?  I hope that some of you were able to watch the video from the Best Lent Ever program.  It’s not too late; just take one of those cards home with you today, give them your email address, and you’ll receive a 3-5 minute video every day of Lent.  […]

February 19, 2017 – 7th Sunday in Ordinary Time (A)


Many of you are teachers, and if you’re a parent, you’re a teacher too!  Every parent instinctively takes on the responsibility of teaching their children.  Sometimes the children are fast learners, and sometimes it takes a while. Like this time that an assistant principal called in one of the underperforming students in Intro to Spanish […]

January 29, 2017 – 4th Sunday of Ordinary Time (A)


When I was growing up, my brothers and I had our regular after-school routine.  We’d ride the bus home, then raid the fridge/pantry and turn on the TV for our afternoon cartoons.  One of our favorites shows was called Animaniacs.  It was almost like a collection of shorter cartoons, with each episode featuring a quirky […]