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”

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”