That’s not peace you’re feeling A reflection on discernment

Over the years, I’ve had quite a few people express that they know they have made the right decision because they feel at peace about it. Sometimes that’s true (obviously), but not always. More than that, what we experience as “peace” can be misleading and exactly the opposite of the right choice. Don’t ya just love it when things are in no way clear? Continue readingThat’s not peace you’re feeling A reflection on discernment

God himself will provide the lamb Homily for the 2nd Sunday of Lent

I want to warn you, out of the gate, that I’m going to do a little less “Here’s how we live as Christians” in this homily. I want to take this as an example of the Catholic way of reading Scripture. As we dig through the bible, both Old Testament and New, these sorts of things present themselves. We just have to pay attention and keep immersing ourselves more and more in the Word of God. Continue readingGod himself will provide the lamb Homily for the 2nd Sunday of Lent

Will you preach the Transfiguration or this rotting flesh? Homily for the Feast of the Transfiguration, 2017

I preached this homily at Saint Rose of Lima Church in Murfreesboro, Tennessee on Sunday, August 6, 2017. I know the intro still says Deacon Joe, but I was ordained a few weeks ago, so I am now celebrating Mass as Father Joe. The website will catch up soon, I promise. Continue readingWill you preach the Transfiguration or this rotting flesh? Homily for the Feast of the Transfiguration, 2017

The Woman at the Well Homily for the 3rd Sunday of Lent, Cycle A

I preached this homily on the Sunday, March 19, 2017, the 3rd Sunday of Lent, at Our Lady of the Rosary Church in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Gospel was John 4:4-42, the story of the Samaritan Woman at the Well. Continue readingThe Woman at the Well Homily for the 3rd Sunday of Lent, Cycle A

With Lazarus, once a poor man, may you have eternal rest Homily for Tuesday of the 2nd Week of Lent, Cycle 1

I preached this homily at St. Rita Parish, New Orleans, Louisiana on March 16, 2017.

The Gospel was the well known story of The Rich Man and Lazarus. When you are called home, will your soul be light because you emptied yourself out, or will you be weighed down by taking and taking until you have everything? Continue readingWith Lazarus, once a poor man, may you have eternal rest Homily for Tuesday of the 2nd Week of Lent, Cycle 1

I have come to fulfill the Law Homily for the 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time, cycle A

I preached this homily on Sunday, February 12, 2017 at Our Lady of the Rosary parish in New Orleans, Louisiana. The readings are Sirach 15:15–20, 1 Corinthians 2:6–10, and Matthew 5:17–37. Continue readingI have come to fulfill the Law Homily for the 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time, cycle A