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”

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”