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 reading “Will you preach the Transfiguration or this rotting flesh? Homily for the Feast of the Transfiguration, 2017“
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 reading “The Woman at the Well Homily for the 3rd Sunday of Lent, Cycle A“
Over the last four weeks here at Saint Edward, I taught a 4-part class on the Mass for any interested adults in the parish. I figured I’d share them here. Continue reading “History and Theology of the Mass”
This homily was preached at the 10:30am Mass on September 11, 2016 at St. Edward Church in Nashville, Tennessee. Continue reading “The Prodigal Son: We must take the first step Homily for the 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle C“
This homily was originally preached at St. Edward Catholic Church in Nashville, Tennessee, on June 30, 2016.
Jesus came to Capernaum and healed a paralyzed man. There were two steps to this healing. First, he healed the man’s soul then his body. We must seek first for the Lord to heal us from the paralysis, the slavery, of sin.
What does it mean to not throw our pearls before swine? Is Jesus contradicting the great commission, or does he mean something else.
This homily was delivered at St. Edward Church in Nashville, Tennessee on June 21, 2016.
I preached this homily on Tuesday, June 14, 2016, at St. Edward Church in Nashville, Tennessee. The Gospel of the day was Matthew 5:43-48. For this homily, I focused in on what it means to follow Jesus’ command to “Be perfect.”
* Sorry this one is a little out of order. I was not able to get around to preparing the audio files before the next Mass for which I had the homily.
This homily was delivered at St. Edward Church in Nashville, TN on May 31, 2016. I don’t have a full text to offer you of the homily since I only made myself a vague outline for it. Here are the readings on which it was based, though. Continue reading “The promptings of the Spirit Homily for the Feast of the Visitation of Our Lady“
A man died.
He came before the throne of God to be judged, and he made his case.
“I served the poor; I gave from my time, talents and treasures to serve the poor and the Church!” God replied, “I am pleased with that, but it is not what I wanted from you.”
“I taught in the seminary. I prepared men to be priests for the Church!” And God sighed, “Thank you, but that wasn’t the heart of my vocation for you.”
“I served as a priest in your Church! I wore myself out in service of you and the people of God!” God shook his head, “But you missed the most important thing I wanted.”
The man was at a loss. “What, then? What more did you want from me?”
“I want you.” Continue reading “I am the vine. You are the branches. Homily for Wednesday of the Fifth Week of Easter (Cycle II)“
This homily was originally preached at Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans, Louisiana on Thursday, April 7, 2016. I meant to record it for a podcast, but it’s been so long I forgot to hit the record button while I was preaching. Continue reading “Twenty-first century martyrdom Homily for Thursday of the Second Week of Easter (Cycle II)“