Deacon Steven Johnson’s Reflection 9-16-21

Deacon Steven Johnson’s Reflection – September 16, 2021Reflection for the 24th Week of Ordinary Time, Thursday, 9-16-21, Year BReadings: 1 Tm 4:12-16, Psalm 111, Gospel Lk 7:36-50Theme: Humility for The Sake of Others Many times, we do not recognize the hole we have dug ourselves into. We go along each day working toward a betterContinue reading “Deacon Steven Johnson’s Reflection 9-16-21”

Deacon Steven Johnson’s Homily 9-5-21

Deacon Steven Johnson’s Homily – September 5, 2021Homily for the 23rd Week of Ordinary Time, Sunday, 9-5-21, Year BReadings: Is 35:4-7a, R Psalm 146, Jas 2:1-5, Gospel Mk 7:31-37Theme: The Healing Hand “Say to those who are frightened: Be strong, fear not! Here is your God, He comes with vindication, with divine recompense He comesContinue reading “Deacon Steven Johnson’s Homily 9-5-21”

Deacon Steven Johnson’s Homily 9-2-21

Deacon Steven Johnson’s Homily – September 2, 2021Homily for the 22nd Week of Ordinary Time, Thursday, 9-2-21, Year BReadings: Col 1:9-14, Gospel Lk 5:1-11Theme: The Call Nine years ago, I was working for a lumberyard in Wisconsin as a General Manager of a small truss plant building trusses for the residential home industry. I hadContinue reading “Deacon Steven Johnson’s Homily 9-2-21”

Deacon Steven Johnson’s Homily 8-26-21

Deacon Steven Johnson’s Homily – August 26, 2021Homily for the 21st Week of Ordinary Time, Thursday, 8-26-21, Year BReadings: 1 Thes 3:7-13, Gospel Mt 24:42-51Theme: Be Prepared The Boy Scout motto is “Be Prepared.” Scouting is all about preparing ourselves for unknown circumstances that cause us to rely on survival and team skills. Whether itContinue reading “Deacon Steven Johnson’s Homily 8-26-21”

Deacon Steven Johnson’s Homily 8-19-21

Deacon Steven Johnson’s Homily – August 19, 2021Reflection for the 20th Week of Ordinary Time, Thursday, 8-19-21, Year Readings: 1st Jgs 11:29-39a, Gospel Mt 22:1-14Optional Memorial – St John Eudes – PriestTheme: Faithful Commitment A true test of character for any of us is whether we hold true to our promises to do what weContinue reading “Deacon Steven Johnson’s Homily 8-19-21”

Deacon Steven Johnson’s Homily 8-5-21

Deacon Steven Johnson’s HomilyAugust 5, 2021Homily for the 18th Week of Ordinary Time, Thursday, 8-5-21, Year BReadings: 1st Nm 20:1-13, 34-38, Gospel Mt 16:13-23Optional Memorial – Dedication of the Basilica of St. Mary MajorTheme: Trust in the Truth Trust, what is trust? According to the Merriam Webster dictionary, trust is the assured reliance on character,Continue reading “Deacon Steven Johnson’s Homily 8-5-21”

Deacon Steven Johnson’s Homily 7-29-21

Deacon Steven Johnson’s Homily – July 29, 2021Homily for the 17th Week of Ordinary Time, Thursday, 7-29-21, Year BReadings: 1st Ex 40:16-21, 34-38, Gospel Jn 11:19-27Memorial – St. MarthaTheme: To Serve is Devine For Moses, serving the Lord was natural and engrained in him. He did as the Lord asked without question, without complaint. HeContinue reading “Deacon Steven Johnson’s Homily 7-29-21”

Deacon Steven Johnson’s Homily 7-22-21

Deacon Steven Johnson’s HomilyJuly 22, 2021Homily for the 16th Week of Ordinary Time, Thursday, 7-22-21, Year BReadings: 1st Sg 3:1-4a, Gospel Jn 20:1-2, 11-18Memorial – St. Mary MagdaleneTheme: Seek the One Whom Your Heart Loves Mary Magdalene loved the Lord. She loved Him so much that she risked her own life following Jesus to HisContinue reading “Deacon Steven Johnson’s Homily 7-22-21”

Deacon Steven Johnson’s Homily 7-15-21

Deacon Steven Johnson’s HomilyJuly 15, 2021Homily for the 15th Week of Ordinary Time, Thursday, 7-15-21, Year BReadings: 1st Ex 3:13-20, Gospel Mt 11:28-15 Memorial – St. Bonaventure, Bishop and Doctor; Born 1218 in Italy; Joined the Franciscan order; Became Bishop and Cardinal of Albano, Italy; He is considered the greatest exponent of mystical theology inContinue reading “Deacon Steven Johnson’s Homily 7-15-21”

Deacon Steven Johnson’s Homily 7-8-21

Deacon Steven Johnson’s HomilyJuly 8, 2021Homily for the 14th Week of Ordinary Time, Thursday, 7-8-21, Year BReadings: 1st Gn 44:18-21, 23b-29; 45:1-5, 2nd Gospel Mt 10:7-15Theme: Saving Lives Free of Charge Many times, I find myself examining some good thing that happened to me. I ask myself, “Why did this happen to me?” I didContinue reading “Deacon Steven Johnson’s Homily 7-8-21”

Deacon Steven Johnson’s Homily 7-1-21

Deacon Steven Johnson’s HomilyJuly 1, 2021Deacon Steven M. Johnson – St. James, Belvidere, ILHomily for the 13th Week of Ordinary Time, Thursday, 7-1-21, Year BBlessed Junipero Serra, PriestREADINGS: 1st Gn 22:1b-19; 2nd; Gospel Lk 1:9-1-8Theme: Miracle of Forgiveness How many times have we read about miracles in the Bible that God or Jesus worked andContinue reading “Deacon Steven Johnson’s Homily 7-1-21”

Deacon Steven Johnson’s Homily 6-24-21

Deacon Steven M. Johnson – St. James, Belvidere, ILHomily for the 12th Week of Ordinary Time, Thursday, 6-24-21, Year BThe Nativity of St. John The Baptist – SolemnityREADINGS: 1st Is 49:1-6; 2nd Acts 13:22-26; Gospel Lk 1:57-66, 80Theme: Be a Herald of Christ! We were all made for love. Deep inside each of us existsContinue reading “Deacon Steven Johnson’s Homily 6-24-21”

Deacon Steven Johnson’s Homily 6-17-21

Deacon Steven M. Johnson – St. James, Belvidere, ILHomily for the 11th Week of Ordinary Time, Thursday, 6-17-21, Year BREADINGS: 1st 2 Cor 11:1-11; Gospel Mt 6:7-15Theme: True Person, True Prayer Years ago, I met a person who was all about hiking. He bragged about how much hiking he had done. How he had allContinue reading “Deacon Steven Johnson’s Homily 6-17-21”

Deacon Steven Johnson’s Homily 6-10-21

Deacon Steven M. Johnson – St. James, Belvidere, ILHomily for the 10th Week of Ordinary Time, Thursday, 6-10-21, Year BREADINGS: 1st 2 Cor 3:15-4:1, 3-6; Gospel Mt 5:20-26Theme: True Holiness We have seen a slow and gradual shift in holiness throughout the world. Unfortunately, it is a shift or trend in the wrong direction thatContinue reading “Deacon Steven Johnson’s Homily 6-10-21”

Deacon Steven Johnson’s Homily 6-3-21

Deacon Steven M. Johnson – St. James, Belvidere, ILHomily for the 9th Week of Ordinary Time, Thursday, 6-3-21, Year BCharles Lwanga and Companions – MartyrsREADINGS: 1st Tb 6:10-11, 7:1bcde, 9-17; 8:4-9a; Gospel Mk 12:28-34Theme: Agape Love Good people do evil things and evil things happen to good people. When evil strikes what will be theContinue reading “Deacon Steven Johnson’s Homily 6-3-21”

Deacon Steven Johnson’s Homily 5-27-21

Deacon Steven M. Johnson – St. James, Belvidere, ILHomily for the 8th Week of Ordinary Time, Thursday, 5-27-21, Year BSt Augustine of Canterbury-Bishop-Optional MemorialREADINGS: 1st Sir 42:15-25; Gospel Mk 10:46-52Theme: Resolute In Faith When we really put our mind to something we make that something happen through courage, persistence and faith. It is like seeingContinue reading “Deacon Steven Johnson’s Homily 5-27-21”

Deacon Steven Johnson’s Homily 5-20-21

Deacon Steven M. Johnson – St. James, Belvidere, ILHomily for the 7th Week of Easter, Thursday, 5-20-21, Year BSt Bernardine of Siena-Priest-Optional MemorialREADINGS: 1st Acts 22:30; 23:6-11, Gospel Jn 17:20-26 Theme: Unity United we stand, divide we fall. This is the mantra of a country to its soldiers before battle, a coach to his teamContinue reading “Deacon Steven Johnson’s Homily 5-20-21”

Deacon Steven Johnson’s Homily 5-13-21

Deacon Steven M. Johnson – St. James, Belvidere, ILHomily for the 6th Week of Easter, Thursday, 5-13-21, Year BOur Lady of Fatima-Optional MemorialREADINGS: 1st Acts 18:1-8, Gospel Jn 16:16-20 Theme: Perseverance For a long time, St. Monica would try to talk to her son, Augustine, about God, the good life of prayer and devotion, andContinue reading “Deacon Steven Johnson’s Homily 5-13-21”

Deacon Steven Johnson’s Homily 5-6-21

Deacon Steven M. Johnson – St. James, Belvidere, ILHomily for the 5th Week of Easter, Thursday, 5-6-21, Year BREADINGS: 1st Acts 15:7-21, Gospel Jn 15:9-11Theme: Law vs. Faith Some say the Catholic Church is the new Pharisees of Jesus’s time, full of laws and rules and requiring strict adherence to them. All we should needContinue reading “Deacon Steven Johnson’s Homily 5-6-21”

Deacon Steven Johnson’s Homily 4-29-21

Deacon Steven M. Johnson – St. James, Belvidere, ILHomily for the 4th Week of Easter, Thursday, 4-29-21, Year BMemorial of Catherine of Siena, Virgin and Doctor St Catherine was born in 1347 in the Siena region near Tuscany, Italy.She was a Dominican tertiary and mystic who lived in Italy in the 1300s.She was known forContinue reading “Deacon Steven Johnson’s Homily 4-29-21”