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”

Deacon Steven Johnson’s Homily 4-22-21

Deacon Steven M. Johnson – St. James, Belvidere, ILHomily for the 3rd Week of Easter, Thursday, 4-22-21, Year BReadings: 1st Acts 8:26-40, Gospel Jn 6:44-51Theme: Taught by God A little girl came home from school one day and ran into the house and immediately burst into tears. Her mother, astonished at the sounds of cryingContinue reading “Deacon Steven Johnson’s Homily 4-22-21”

Deacon Steven Johnson’s Homily 4-15-21

Deacon Steven M. Johnson – St. James, Belvidere, ILHomily for the 2nd Week of Easter, Thursday, 4-15-21, Year BREADINGS: 1st Acts 5:27-33, Gospel Jn 3:31-36Theme: Commit to Christ My old football coach used to say, “You have to give it everything you have! Leave nothing in the tank. If you don’t give 110% and commitContinue reading “Deacon Steven Johnson’s Homily 4-15-21”

Deacon Steven Johnson’s Homily 4-8-21

Deacon Steven M. Johnson – St. James, Belvidere, ILHomily for Thursday within the Octave of Easter, Thursday, 4-8-21, Year BREADINGS: 1st Acts 3:11-26, Gospel Lk 24:35-48Theme: Gift of Faith I have often wondered why Jesus did not just appear to all people after His resurrection. If He did that then all people would believe andContinue reading “Deacon Steven Johnson’s Homily 4-8-21”

Deacon Steven Johnson’s Homily 3-25-21

Deacon Steven M. Johnson – St. James, Belvidere, ILHomily for 5th Week of Lent, Thursday, 3-25-21, Year BSolemnity of The Annunciation of the LordREADINGS: 1st Is 7:10-14;8-10, 2nd Heb 10:4-10, Gospel Lk 1:26-38Theme: Gift of Salvation There are events in world history that change the course of humanity. Events like the discovery of fire andContinue reading “Deacon Steven Johnson’s Homily 3-25-21”

Deacon Steven Johnson’s Homily 3-18-21

Deacon Steven M. Johnson – St. James, Belvidere, ILHomily for 4th Week of Lent, Thursday, 3-18-21, Year BOptional Memorial – St. Cyril of JerusalemREADINGS: 1st Ex 32:7-14; Gospel Jn 5:31-47 Theme: Faith I often think about Christ’s speaking to His disciples when He said in Matthew 18:3, “Amen, I say to you, unless you turnContinue reading “Deacon Steven Johnson’s Homily 3-18-21”

Deacon Steven Johnson’s Homily 3-11-21

Deacon Steven M. Johnson – St. James, Belvidere, ILHomily for 3rd Week of Lent, Thursday, 3-11-21, Year BREADINGS: 1st Jer 7:23-28; Gospel Lk 11:14-23Theme: Choose Wisely God gives us free will to make choices, even to choose Him or not. He does not want to force us to love or obey Him, rather, He wantsContinue reading “Deacon Steven Johnson’s Homily 3-11-21”

Deacon Steven Johnson’s Homily 3-4-21

Deacon Steven M. Johnson – St. James, Belvidere, ILHomily for 2nd Week Lent, Thursday, 3-4-21, Year BOptional Memorial of St. Casimir – Born 1458. Son of the King of Poland. Champion of Chastity and the poor. Died 1484. READINGS: 1st Reading 1st Jer, 17:5-10; Gospel Lk 16:19-31Theme: Regret We have all experienced regret for somethingContinue reading “Deacon Steven Johnson’s Homily 3-4-21”

Deacon Steven Johnson’s Homily 2-25-21

Deacon Steven M. Johnson – St. James Church, Belvidere, ILHomily for 1st Week of Lent, Thursday, 2-25-21, Year BReadings: 1st Est C:12, 14-16, 23-25; Gospel Mt 7:7-23Theme: God’s Love for Us Lent is not only a time for repentance from our sins, but also a time for asking God for what troubles us. Yes, weContinue reading “Deacon Steven Johnson’s Homily 2-25-21”

Deacon Steven Johnson’s Homily 2-11-21

Homily for 5th Week of Ordinary Time, Thursday, 2-11-21, Year BOptional Mem – Our Lady of LourdesREADINGS: 1st Gn 2:18-25; Gospel Mk 7:24-30Theme: God, King of All Creation You’ve heard the phrase, “don’t bite the hand that feeds you!.” This becomes true when we forget about those who helped us get to where we areContinue reading “Deacon Steven Johnson’s Homily 2-11-21”

Deacon Steven Johnson’s Homily 2-4-21

Homily for 4th Week of Ordinary Time, Thursday, 2-4-21, Year BREADINGS: 1st Heb 12:18-19, 21-24; Gospel Mk 6:7-13Theme: Contrast of Old vs. New Love vs. Hate, Light vs. Darkness, Good vs. Evil. These are things that oppose each other or contrast each other. Contrast, a verb, which means to compare or appraise in respect toContinue reading “Deacon Steven Johnson’s Homily 2-4-21”

Deacon Steven Johnson’s Homily 1-28-21

Homily for 3rd Week of Ordinary Time, Thursday, 1-28-21, Year BMemorial of St. Thomas Aquinas – Priest and Doctor of the ChurchREADINGS: 1st Reading 1st Wis, 7:7-10, 15-16; Gospel Mt 23:8-12Theme: Wisdom of God St. Thomas Aquinas, Priest Born 1226 in the old kingdom of Sicily which is now known as the Lazio Region ofContinue reading “Deacon Steven Johnson’s Homily 1-28-21”

Deacon Steven Johnson’s Homily 1-21-21

Homily for Thursday Ordinary Time, 1-21-21, Year BMemorial of St. Agnes – Virgin and MartyrREADINGS: 1st Reading Heb, 7:25, 8:6; Gospel Mk 3:7-12Theme: Love for Christ St. Agnes was born around 291 in Rome, Italy. She was from a wealthy family. From an early age she consecrated herself to God and gave herself to HimContinue reading “Deacon Steven Johnson’s Homily 1-21-21”

Deacon Steven Johnson’s Homily 1-14-21

Homily for Thursday Ordinary Time, 1-14-21, Year BREADINGS: 1st Reading Heb, 3:7-14; Gospel Mk 1:40-45Theme: See the Forest for the Trees We’ve heard the expression; “He cannot see the forest for the trees.” We can be so close to our point of view that all we see are the trees right in front of us.Continue reading “Deacon Steven Johnson’s Homily 1-14-21”

Deacon Steven Johnson’s Homily 1-7-21

Deacon Steven M. Johnson – St. James, Belvidere, ILHomily for Thursday after the Epiphany, 1-7-21, Year B Optional Memorial of St. Raymond of Penyafort Priest St. Raymond of Penyafort – PriestBirth date: 1175 Barcelona, SpainJoined the Order of Preachers and was its Second Master GeneralAt the command of Pope Gregory IX, he produced a collection ofContinue reading “Deacon Steven Johnson’s Homily 1-7-21”

Deacon Steven Johnson’s Homily 12-31-20

Deacon Steven M. Johnson – St. James, Belvidere, ILHomily for 7th Day Octave of Christmas, Thursday, 12-31-20, Year BOptional Memorial of St. Sylvester I, Pope. St. Sylvester I, PopeBirth data is unknownInstalled as Pope (Bishop of Rome) 314 ADHis Papacy was during the reign of Constantine the GreatHe also fought the heresies of the timeContinue reading “Deacon Steven Johnson’s Homily 12-31-20”

Deacon Steven Johnson’s Homily 12-3-20

Homily for Advent Time-1st Week Thursday, 12-3-20, Year BREADINGS: 1st Reading Is, 26:1-6; 2nd, Gospel Mt 7:21, 24-27Theme: Prepare to Meet Christ The old Scouting mantra, “be prepared,” not only means to be trained and ready to meet any challenge in the wilderness, but can have even farther reaching meaning in being ready for whenContinue reading “Deacon Steven Johnson’s Homily 12-3-20”

Deacon Steven Johnson’s Homily 11-26-20

Homily for Ordinary Time-34th Week Thursday, 11-26-20, Year A – Thanksgiving DayREADINGS: 1st Reading Sir, 50:21-24; 2nd 1 Cor 1:3-9; Gospel Lk 17:11-19Theme: Thankful for Faith & Hope A young boy was talking one day with his father, “Father, will you always be here for me?” The father looked at his boy, put his handContinue reading “Deacon Steven Johnson’s Homily 11-26-20”