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”

Deacon Steven Johnson’s Homily 11-19-20

Homily for Ordinary Time-33 rd Week Thursday, 11-19-20, Year AREADINGS: 1 st Reading Rv 5:1-10, Gospel Lk 19:41-44Theme: Be Prepare and Recognize the Savior We have been told to be prepared for we do not know the day or hour thatthe Lord will come, and we do not know when trouble will suddenly take overContinue reading “Deacon Steven Johnson’s Homily 11-19-20”

Deacon Steven Johnson’s Reflection 11-12-20

Homily for Ordinary Time-32nd Week Thursday, 11-12-20, Year A – St Josaphat Bishop & Martyr READINGS: 1st Reading Eph 4:1-7, 11-13, Gospel Jn 17:20-26 Theme: Steadfastness in Unity of Faith Today we celebrate the Memorial of St. Josaphat Bishop and Martyr. He was born in 1580 in Ukraine but grew up in the Northern countryContinue reading “Deacon Steven Johnson’s Reflection 11-12-20”

Deacon Steven Johnson’s Reflection 11-5-20

Homily for Ordinary Time-31st Week Thursday, 11-05-20, Year A READINGS: 1st Reading 1 Phil 3:3-8, Gospel Lk 15:1-10 Theme: Hope to be Found We have all felt that moment of panic when someone we care about is suddenly missing. “I can’t find my child in this store. She was right here a second ago andContinue reading “Deacon Steven Johnson’s Reflection 11-5-20”

Deacon Steven Johnson’s Reflection 10-29-20

Homily for Ordinary Time – 30th Week Thursday, 10-29-20, Year A READINGS: 1st Reading: 1 Eph 6:10-20, Gospel: Lk 13:31-35 Theme: Courage Under Fire We are in difficult times. These are times that demand all the gifts of the Holy Spirit from us, especially courage. As St. Paul writes in the first reading, “Put onContinue reading “Deacon Steven Johnson’s Reflection 10-29-20”

Deacon Steven Johnson’s Reflection 10-22-20

Homily for Ordinary Time – 29th Week, Thursday, 10-22-20, Year A – Optional Memorial of St. John Paul II READINGS: 1st Reading: 1 Is 52:7-10, Gospel: Jn 21:15-17 Theme: Spreading the Love St. John Paul II fed his lambs. He did it for 27 years, one of the longest-serving popes in history. He did itContinue reading “Deacon Steven Johnson’s Reflection 10-22-20”

Deacon Steven Johnson’s Reflection 10-15-20

Deacon Steven M. Johnson – St. James, Belvidere, IL Homily for Ordinary Time-28th Week Thursday, 10-15-20, Year A – Memorial of St. Teresa of Avila READINGS: 1st Reading 1 Rom 8:22-27, Gospel Jn 15:1-8 St. Teresa of AvilaBorn: March 28, 1515 in Avila, SpainDied: October 4, 1582 in Alba de TormesCanonized on March 12th, 1622Continue reading “Deacon Steven Johnson’s Reflection 10-15-20”

Deacon Steven Johnson’s Reflection 10-8-20

Homily for Ordinary Time-27th Week Thursday, 10-08-20, Year AREADINGS: 1st Reading 1 Gal 3:1-5, Gospel Lk 11:5-13  Theme: Persevere in Faith It is so hard today to stick to something over a long period of time. Whether it be material things like a car, house, clothes, cell phones, etc. We get board easily. We lookContinue reading “Deacon Steven Johnson’s Reflection 10-8-20”

Deacon Steven Johnson’s Reflection 10-1-20

Homily for Ordinary Time – 26th Week Thursday, 10-01-20, Year A – St. Therese of The Child Jesus-Little Flower READINGS: 1ST Reading 1 Is 66:10-14, Gospel Mt 18-1-4 Theme: Simplicity of Children “Jesus set before me the book of nature. I understand how all the flowers God has created are beautiful, how the splendor ofContinue reading “Deacon Steven Johnson’s Reflection 10-1-20”

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”