Deacon Steven Johnson’s Reflection 9-24-20

Homily for Ordinary Time – 25th Week Thursday, 9-24-20, Year A READINGS: 1ST Reading 1 ECCL 1:2-11, Gospel Lk 9:7-9 Theme: Only God Satisfies Vanity of Vanities! All things are vanity! Save one – faith in God. You want the answer to life? You already know it. Only God can satisfy. Yet, we stumble aroundContinue reading “Deacon Steven Johnson’s Reflection 9-24-20”

Deacon Steven Johnson’s Reflection 9-17-20

Homily for Ordinary Time-24th Week Thursday, 9-17-20, Year A – St. Bellarmine -Optional Mem (1542 – 1621, Bishop in Italy – Member of SJ – Doctor of the Church READINGS: 1st Reading 1 Cor 15:1-11, Gospel Lk 7:36-50 Theme: Conversion Through Forgiveness In the first reading we get a look at who St. Paul reallyContinue reading “Deacon Steven Johnson’s Reflection 9-17-20”

Deacon Steven Johnson’s Reflection 9-10-20

Homily for Ordinary Time – 23rd Week Thursday, 9-10-20, Year A Readings: 1st – 1 Cor 8:1b-7, 11-13, Gospel – Lk 6:27-38 Theme: Judging vs. Admonishing Have you ever told someone not to do something and then later you realize you’ve done that very thing you told them not to do? I remember one timeContinue reading “Deacon Steven Johnson’s Reflection 9-10-20”

Deacon Steven Johnson’s Reflection 9-3-20

22nd Week Thursday, 9-3-20, Year A, Memorial-St. Gregory, Pope and DoctorReadings: 1st – 2Cor 4:1-2, 5-7, Gospel – Lk 22:24-30Theme: Servitude St. Gregory – Pope & Doctor of the Church St. Gregory was born around the year 540 in Rome to a wealthy family. His great-grandfather was the 54th Pope, Felix III, and reined from 526 to 530. St.Continue reading “Deacon Steven Johnson’s Reflection 9-3-20”

21 st Week Thursday, 8-27-20, Year A Memorial – St. Monica

Readings: 1st – Sr 26: 1-4, 13-16, Gospel – Lk 7:11-17 Theme: Persistence St. Monica – Holy WomenBorn 331 in Tagaste (Algeria, North Africa) When Monica was very young, she was married to a Roman pagan named Patricius. They had three children, Augustine, Navijius, and Perpetua. Patricius would not allow his children to be baptizedContinue reading “21 st Week Thursday, 8-27-20, Year A Memorial – St. Monica”

20th Week, Thursday, 8-20-20, Year A, Optional Memorial – St. Bernard, Abbot & Doctor of the Church

St. Bernard was born in 1090 in Dijon, France and came from a wealthy family with a religious upbringing. When he was 21, he joined the Cistercians and was later chosen abbot of the monastery in Clairvaux, France. He practiced the Benedictine rule with faith and devotion. All his brothers and his sister followed himContinue reading “20th Week, Thursday, 8-20-20, Year A, Optional Memorial – St. Bernard, Abbot & Doctor of the Church”

19th Week Thursday, 8-13-20, Year A – Optional Memorial St. Pontian, Pope and Hippolytus

Homily for Ordinary Time – 19th Week Thursday, 8-13-20, Year AOptional Memorial St. Pontian, Pope and Hippolytus Priest – Martyred in the 3rd Century in Italy under Emperor Maximinus Readings: 1st – Ez 12:1-12, gospel – Mt 18-21-19:1Theme: Forgiveness When I was a freshman in college, a bunch of us decided we needed to haveContinue reading “19th Week Thursday, 8-13-20, Year A – Optional Memorial St. Pontian, Pope and Hippolytus”

Reflection for 18th Week, Thursday, 8-06-20, Year A – Feast – The Transfiguration

Readings: 1st – Dn 7:9-10, 13-14, Pt 1:16-19, Gospel – Mt 17:1-9 Theme: Things to Come Today we celebrate the Transfiguration of Jesus on Mt. Tabor. What is the Transfiguration? The Transfiguration is Jesus revealing himself in his glorified body as He will be in his second coming at the end of the age. TheContinue reading “Reflection for 18th Week, Thursday, 8-06-20, Year A – Feast – The Transfiguration”

Reflection for 17th Week, Thursday, 7-30-20 – Year A – Optional Memorial of St. Peter Chrysologus

Deacon Steven M. Johnson – Homily for Ordinary Time – 17th Week, Thursday, 7-30-20 Year A – Optional Memorial of St. Peter Chrysologus Readings: 1st – Jer 18:1-6, Gospel – Mt 13:47-53 Theme: Allow Oneself to be Molded Today we celebrate the memorial of St. Peter Chrysologus St. Peter was born in Imola, Italy inContinue reading “Reflection for 17th Week, Thursday, 7-30-20 – Year A – Optional Memorial of St. Peter Chrysologus”

Reflection for 16th Week Thursday, 7-23-20, Year A – Optional Memorial of St. Bridget

Deacon Steven M. Johnson – St. James, Belvidere, IL Homily for Ordinary Time – 16th Week Thursday, 7-23-20, Year A – Optional Memorial of St. Bridget Readings: 1st – Jer 2:1-3, 7-8, 12-13, Gospel – Mt 13:10-17 Theme: Hearing and Understanding Which saying would motivate you more? “Give no heed to God’s will, live accordingContinue reading “Reflection for 16th Week Thursday, 7-23-20, Year A – Optional Memorial of St. Bridget”

Reflexión para la 16ª semana jueves, 7-23-20, año A – Memorial opcional de Santa Brígida

Diácono Steven M. Johnson – St. James, Belvidere, IL Homilía para el tiempo ordinario – Semana 16 Jueves, 23/7-20, Año A – Memorial opcional de Santa Brígida Lecturas: 1 ° – Jer 2: 1-3, 7-8, 12-13, Evangelio – Mt 13: 10-17 Tema: audición y comprensión ¿Qué dicho te motivaría más? “No prestes atención a laContinue reading “Reflexión para la 16ª semana jueves, 7-23-20, año A – Memorial opcional de Santa Brígida”