July 30, 2017 -17th Sunday of Ordinary Time (A)

For the last two weeks, we have been hearing Jesus’ parables from the Gospel of Matthew.  Today is part three of our trilogy of parables, and here they come, rapid fire, about the Kingdom of Heaven. We get three parables in our gospel passage today, and we even get a bonus lesson at the end, […]

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 […]

June 11, 2017 – Solemnity of the Holy Trinity

John 3:16.  Anyone in America, Christian or not, knows that name and number.  And it’s all thanks to that one force that binds every American together.  You know what that binding force is?  No, it’s not love!  It’s football!  Used to be that anytime you turned on a football game, you’d see some fan standing […]

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 […]