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

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

The example of Saint Francis Homily for the Memorial of Saint Francis

I preached this homily on October 4, 2016, at Saint Edward Church in Nashville, Tennessee. The kids were off on fall break, so I was just preaching to the adults, this time. That’s important since, otherwise, this would have been a homily for Kindergarten through fourth grade. Continue readingThe example of Saint Francis Homily for the Memorial of Saint Francis

We must put the same effort into our spiritual lives Homily for the 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle C

The Prodigal Son: We must take the first step Homily for the 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle C

Even the demons believe that and tremble Homily for Tuesday of the 22nd Week of Ordinary Time

I preached this at the school Mass for St. Edward School in Nashville, TN. I realize this one is a little basic; I was preaching to the kindergarten through 4th grade at the school. Continue readingEven the demons believe that and tremble Homily for Tuesday of the 22nd Week of Ordinary Time