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Corpus Christi University Parish Homilies

Corpus Christi University Parish Homilies

By Corpus Christi University Parish
Listen to homilies from Corpus Christi University Parish in Toledo, Ohio. We are a university parish, whose goal is to be a sign and instrument of the presence of Christ on the campus of the University of Toledo.
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A Cacophony or a Symphony
Quote from Desmond Tutu: “Out of the cacophony of random suffering and chaos that can mark human life, the life artist sees or creates a symphony of meaning and order.”
May 08, 2022
Into Peter’s Spiritual Journey
Father Jeremy Miller: “Let’s see ourselves in Peter’s spiritual journey today, let’s be grateful for our spiritual birth that we’re here today for some reason.”
May 02, 2022
What God’s Mercy Looks Like
Father Jeremy Miller: “Mercy is a type of love where the giver bestows what the recipient doesn’t have or what they don’t think they’re deserving of.” 
April 25, 2022
Easter: Running to the Tomb
Father Jeremy Miller: “We belong here. We belong in the empty tomb. We belong at the altar of Jesus’ sacrifice, which is the continuation of his resurrected body that we receive as food.”
April 18, 2022
Palm Sunday: The Process of Forgiveness
Father Jeremy Miller: “The cross does not say that pain and suffering go away. The cross promises to neutralize the pain, put it on God’s terms.”
April 11, 2022
The Parable of the Lost
Father Jeremy Miller: “Let’s seek wherever we find ourselves and see ourselves in the parable, that we will run toward the embrace of our heavenly Father.”
March 28, 2022
The Burning Bush
Father Jeremy Miller: “Let’s give God the oxygen and the wood that he needs in order to set the flame of our hearts on fire.”
March 21, 2022
Journey up the Mountain
Father Jeremy Miller: “Embrace the arduous path of going up the mountain. We also do not go up that mountain alone. Jesus goes with us and gives us the necessary tools to do it.”
March 14, 2022
The War
Deacon Justin Moor: “Is the Gospel just something that happened to someone else in a faraway place that doesn’t seem relevant to our lives here today?”
March 07, 2022
Ash Wednesday: Looking at the End
Father Jeremy Miller: “All of the major human vices: Jesus gives us the recipe that we focus on during Lent to combat.”
March 03, 2022
Living a Double Life
Father Philip Smith: “We all do that in certain moments in our life, don’t we? We’re two different people in two different situations, because we want to fit in, make certain people happy, gain a certain type of advantage. We don’t also be ourselves. Jesus was challenging his disciples today to know who they were and to be that person always, to be that person consistently.”
February 28, 2022
For the Human Good
Father Jeremy Miller: “If you enjoy doing good, does that make you less good? No, it makes you human.” 
February 21, 2022
Looking through the Lens of Love
Deacon Justin Moor: "With this being World Marriage Week, with World Marriage Day being today, and St. Valentine’s Day being just a day away, let’s try looking at these woes Jesus spoke of through the lens of love and from the perspective of the one who is love."
February 14, 2022
From Awe to Action
Father Jeremy Miller: “Once we have this awe-filled moment with God, how do we translate it into action?”
February 07, 2022
Riding a roller coaster of emotions
Father Jeremy Miller: “Jesus calls us to ideals and makes demands of us that we’re not always ready to do. Let’s allow ourselves to ride an emotional roller coaster.”
January 31, 2022
Filling the Potholes of our Spiritual Asphalt
Father Jeremy Miller: “How are we examining our foundation as a parish?”
January 24, 2022
Filling to the Brim
Father Jeremy Miller: “It’s an invitation to fill our jars, our lives, to the brim, and then turn them over to see what miracles God can do with them.”
January 17, 2022
Baptism of the Lord: Our primary identity
Father Jeremy Miller: “This feast invites us a Catholic Christians to say that no matter how important all the sources of our identity are, that the primary one is that we are united with Christ as beloved sons and daughters of our heavenly father.”
January 09, 2022
Epiphany: Keeping our Eyes Upward
Father Jeremy Miller: “The Magi today give us a great image of keeping our eyes up and our spirits up in the midst of what can be difficult circumstances surrounding us.”
January 02, 2022
Family Life and Love
Father Jeremy Miller: “Family Love teaches us how to find redeeming qualities in people you would have never chosen in the first place.” 
December 26, 2021
Christmas: Baby on Board
Father Jeremy Miller: “In this world we live in, there is a special baby on board, there is a special traveler with us in this life.”
December 25, 2021
Advent: The Ark of the Covenant
Deacon Justin Moor: “We come here today to draw near to Jesus, to let our hearts and souls become a womb where Jesus can come and grow.”
December 19, 2021
Advent: The Wheel of our Fortune
Father Jeremy Miller: “No matter where we’re at, we can always have the security and trust, joy and peace, as long as we keep Jesus in the center.”
December 13, 2021
Immaculate Conception: Mary’s Unique Advantage
Father Jeremy Miller: “Let’s take where our lives are at, with advantages, disadvantages and all, and respond to God’s promise with the same yes that Mary did.”
December 09, 2021
Advent: Smoothing out the Highways to our Heart
Father Jeremy Miller: “Our call this Advent is to strive to clear the pathways of our hearts for God.” 
December 06, 2021
Advent: Worshipping with our Heads Held High
Father Jeremy Miller: “We worship one who has told us he’s there with us past, present and future.”
November 29, 2021
Thanksgiving: Living in Gratitude
Listen to Fr. Jeremy’s Thanksgiving Day homily.
November 25, 2021
Christ the King: Jesus in the room with us
Father Jeremy Miller: “Let’s seek to make Jesus the king of every corner of our lives.”
November 22, 2021
The Good News About the Apocalypse
Deacon Justin Moor: “Whether it’s the end of the world, the end of the world as we know it, or something else that seems like the end of the world to us, St. Francis of Assisi could teach us all a thing or two about how to move from fear to being at peace.”
November 15, 2021
Focusing on How
Father Jeremy Miller: “What matters is not just what we do, but how we do it.”
November 08, 2021
For Love of God and Neighbor
Father Jeremy Miller: “We are called to love what is unlovable in our neighbor precisely because our neighbor shares in the lovableness of God.”
November 01, 2021
What do you know about Jericho?
Deacon Justin Moor: “What this story about the blind man being healed in Jericho has taught me is that the location where Jesus does his work matters.”
October 25, 2021
Relishing the Gift of our Faith
Father Jeremy Miller: “Let us be filled with gratitude for the gift of our faith, the gift of Jesus, and process to proclaim the uniqueness of what God has done in the pursuit of Jesus.”
October 18, 2021
Decalogue, Detachment, Discipleship
Father Jeremy Miller: “Let’s allow God’s grace to transform us and convert us so that we might grow in our deep relationship with the Lord.”
October 11, 2021
Seeing Life as a Generative Opportunity
Father Philip Smith: “We’re all called to be fruitful vines, spreading ourselves out into the world, going out and building connections, relationships – serving, loving, helping all kinds of different people.”
October 04, 2021
Accessing God
Father Jeremy Miller: “God has bound himself to the Sacraments, but God is not bound by the Sacraments he has established.”
September 27, 2021
Lifting Others Up
Father Jeremy Miller: “Are we more concerned with being first and celebrating our victories than we are about accompanying other people to the finish line?”
September 20, 2021
Seeing the World from the Divine Perspective
Father Jeremy Miller: “It’s so tempting for all of us to see the world without the view of eternity, without God’s lens.”
September 13, 2021
Opening our Ears and Mouths
Father Jeremy Miller: “The Lord Jesus made the deaf hear and the mute speak. May he open our ears to receive his word and our mouths to proclaim his truth in praise and glory of God the father.”
September 06, 2021
The Arms of Invitation
Father Jeremy Miller: “We want those arms to signify that anyone at UToledo can find a spiritual home here.”
August 30, 2021
As For Me and My House, We Will Serve the Lord
Father Jeremy Miller: "Who or what do you serve, individually and as a parish?"
August 22, 2021
Assumption of Mary: The Nature of Death
Father Jeremy Miller: "Without sin, we would simply see death as the next step on a journey of surrendering, the transition to giving oneself totally to something bigger."
August 15, 2021
The Most Amazing Spiritual Experience
Deacon Justin Moor: “Sometimes we need a reminder that the Eucharist is the source and summit of our faith as Catholics.”
August 08, 2021
God’s Daily Portion for Us
Father Jeremy Miller: “Are we content with God’s daily provision for us?” How we fail the test with being content with God’s daily provision: 1. Gratitude: No being thankful for what’s in front of us 2. Selfishness: Taking someone else’s portion  3. Biting off more than we can chew in our life, putting too much on our plate
August 01, 2021
Lavishing Leftovers
Father Jeremy Miller: “God loves to give you more than you ask for. God loves to give you leftovers, even more than what satisfies.”
July 25, 2021
Leaders are Made
Father Jeremy Miller: "The good leader is the one who builds bridges."
July 18, 2021
Blueprint for Christian Discipleship
We’re all called to be disciples. Fr. Jeremy shares a blueprint for Christian Discipleship. 
July 11, 2021
Prophetic Traditions
Father Jeremy Miller: “All of the heroes that we celebrate both in our national history, but also in the Christian tradition, experienced incredible rejection and resistance and often death for standing up for what they thought was right.” 
July 04, 2021
Good from Bad
Deacon Justin Moor: “Perhaps we’ve been slow to open the gift of humility, but quick to up the gifts of a smartphone or another smart device.”
June 27, 2021
The Problem of Evil
Father Jeremy Miller: “We may never totally understand the mystery of human suffering in this life, but we know one thing for sure: God understands it as well. He is with us in the midst of our own suffering.” Logical Problem of Evil How do you believe in a God who allows evil? Evidential Problem of Evil How can God not intervene with mass suffering? Emotional Problem of Evil In the midst of the mystery of human suffering, there are no words, no logic.
June 20, 2021
The Master Gardener
Father Jeremy Miller: “Things flourish more and grow better under God’s care as the master gardener rather than ours.”
June 13, 2021
Corpus Christi: The Mystery of Faith
Bishop Daniel E. Thomas: “All of us are here in celebrating this 50th anniversary to do what we as Catholics do best: To announce the Holy Eucharist, the mystery to be believed, to be celebrated and to be lived.”  
June 06, 2021
Holy Trinity: The One and the Many
Father Jeremy Miller: “How do you bring unity out of plurality?”
May 30, 2021
Pentecost: Holy Spirit Moments
Deacon Justin Moor: “When was the last time you noticed the Holy Spirit at work in or around you?”
May 23, 2021
Ascension: Descending with Christ
Father Jeremy Miller: “If we want ascend with Jesus, then we need to descend with him. We need to be willing to descend into and plumb the depths of the human experience, in order to rise above it.”
May 16, 2021
Fear of the Lord
Fr. Jeremy Miller: "Fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. To fear the Lord is the first step in realizing our place in the mission of what we’re called to be."
May 10, 2021
Laying the Groundwork
Father Jeremy Miller: "The truth is that we have to lay a really solid root system if we ever want to see the full blossoming of our efforts."
May 03, 2021
Be a Voice and an Echo
Father Jeremy Miller: “For us as Christians, part of our job is to echo the voice of the Good Shepherd with our uniqueness.” 
April 26, 2021
Breaking Open Our Hearts
Father Jeremy Miller: “At every Mass, God breaks open his heart for us, precisely that we will have the power and strength in the coming week to break open our hearts in love of others.”
April 19, 2021
Divine Mercy Sunday: Mercy Football
Deacon Justin Moor: “Experience the gift of this sacrament Jesus gave to us in today’s Gospel reading. His divine mercy is truly amazing.”
April 12, 2021
Easter Sunday: Rolling away that Stone
Father Jeremy Miller: “Jesus desires to do the heavy lifting when it comes to rolling away the stones of our hearts.”
April 04, 2021
Good Friday: Mourning into Dancing
Father Jeremy Miller: “God is an expert at converting the cause of our downfall into the means of our elevation.”
April 03, 2021
Holy Thursday: F.E.E.T.
Father Jeremy Miller: "Four things Jesus teaches us at the Last Supper: Forgiveness, Empathy, avoiding Entitlement, and Teaching (F.E.E.T.)."
April 02, 2021
Palm Sunday: The Purpose of Prayer
Father Jeremy Miller: “One of the purposes of prayer is to strengthen and fortify us for future temptations.”
March 29, 2021
Standing out
Father Philip Smith: “We’re called to be ourselves as God made us and to let our light shine in the world.”
March 22, 2021
Lenten Series: Fasting for Love
Father Jeremy Miller: “In what ways does fasting help us love God more and love neighbor more?”
March 15, 2021
The Doughnut
Deacon Justin Moor: “This doughnut was originally created to be holey and each of us were created to be holy.”
March 08, 2021
Lenten Series: The Benefits of Fasting
Father Jeremy Miller: “Too much of a good thing can actually be a bad thing, that’s the instinct of fasting.” What fasting protects within us: Fasting allows us to appreciate what we actually have. Fasting allows us to develop a spirit of spontaneity. Fasting protects us from heading into addiction, and the sudden lapse of judgement that comes from human judgment. Fasting allows us to rest.
March 01, 2021
Lenten Series: Almsgiving
Father Jeremy Miller: “Every aspect of almsgiving, acting in mercy, has to grapple with our selfishness.”
February 22, 2021
Ash Wednesday: Clearing out space in our hearts
Father Jeremy Miller: “Lent every year is an opportunity to take seriously that which is meant to help us grow in faith.”
February 18, 2021
Bringing people into the fold
Father Jeremy Miller: “Our call as Christian people is to always bring people that are on the outside into the fold. The leper was really ostracized.”
February 15, 2021
The Empty Chair
Deacon Justin Moor: “Do you know this Jesus? Do you know this unconditional friend of ours who holds us in his hands when we need him most? Is this the way you related to him?”
February 08, 2021
Are you a fan or a follower?
Father Jeremy Miller: “We can know a lot about God, but not know God. We can know a lot about Jesus, but not be in a deep, personal relationship with Jesus.”
February 01, 2021
Loving like God
Father Jeremy Miller: “God’s love is bigger than our small grievances.”
January 25, 2021
Our need for God and for others
Father Jeremy Miller: “We can’t do this alone. We cannot reach our full potential as human beings without relationships.”
January 18, 2021
Living our vocations more honestly
Fr. Alan Zobler O.S.F.S.: “Let’s make the world know just how much we’ve been loved and how much our God loves our world.”
January 10, 2021
Epiphany: Our transformational gifts to Jesus
Father Jeremy Miller: “We have the opportunity to begin 2021 to forge a new path, to offer gifts to Jesus, the gift of our heart.”
January 03, 2021
You’re on Mute
Deacon Justin Moor: “While Joseph didn’t talk the talk from a biblical perspective, he certainly walked the walk.”
December 27, 2020
Christmas: Embrace the Imperfection
Father Jeremy Miller: “The quality of the wrapping of the gift is not always a great indicator of how great the gift is.”
December 25, 2020
Love Grows Best in Little Houses
Father Jeremy Miller: “We’re reminded that in the imperfect, small, less-than-ideal circumstances of that stable 2,000 years ago, God did something extraordinary.”
December 20, 2020
Lessons on Solitude
Father Philip Smith: “I think most of us have some kind of fear of being alone. We like keeping busy, oftentimes because we’re afraid of what will bubble up within us.”
December 13, 2020
Playing Hide-and-Seek with God
Deacon Justin Moor: “By looking for God in different faces and places God could be hiding this Advent, we will be preparing to open the greatest Christmas gift: the gift of finding the fullness of God in our lives.”
December 07, 2020
Bridging the Divide
Father Jeremy Miller: "How do we close the gap between incongruent or disconnected parts? Religion is nothing else but the attempt to find the glue to bind together heaven and earth, God and man, and by extension that which binds us together."
November 30, 2020
Thanksgiving: In all circumstances give thanks
Father Jeremy Miller:  “I think it’s a challenge for all of us to try and find what’s redeeming always in the circumstances that life throws at us.”
November 26, 2020
Jesus as Lord, as king of all creation
Father Jeremy Miller: “This feast is meant to remind us that our primary allegiance is to Jesus as Lord, as king of all creation and Lord of our hearts.”
November 23, 2020
Making good, long-term decisions
Father Philip Smith: “Prayer can provide stability for the stressful moments, the unexpected moments where we have to make difficult decisions.” 3 lessons about making good, long-term decisions:  Take time to pause and reflect, ask the bigger questions. Prayer can provide stability for the stressful moments, the unexpected moments where we have to make difficult decisions. We need to recharge our batteries spiritually. God wants to share wisdom with us. If we’re seeking God’s wisdom, we can have confidence we’ll have the wisdom to make the hard decisions.
November 09, 2020
All Saints: We become like Him
Father Jeremy Miller: “The fundamental vocation of every single Christian person is to become holy like Jesus, to become a saint.”
November 02, 2020
How to love
Father Jeremy Miller: "Unless we have an authentic, healthy self-love, it hurts how we love others. We project onto our love of neighbor the ways that other people have wounded us in terms of loving us."
October 26, 2020
Expect the unexpected
Fr. Alan Zobler, OSFS: “In our spiritual lives, time and again, that’s what we are asked to do as disciples.”
October 19, 2020
RSVP to the party
Father Jeremy Miller: “Are we going to decline the invitation that God wants for us?”
October 12, 2020
Bad Idea Jeans
Deacon Justin Moor: “Instead of rejecting Jesus from our lives, we are meant to respond by making him the foundation of our lives around which everything else is built.”
October 05, 2020
Talk can be cheap
Father Jeremy Miller: “Words can make us feel more virtuous than we actually are. Humility and integrity are the remedies.”
September 28, 2020
Living our spiritual truth
Father Jeremy Miller: "Let God decide how he bestows his blessings and his generosity and his grace. Let's live from that spiritual truth."
September 21, 2020
Father Jeremy Miller: "Forgiveness is making a choice, choosing to let go of the bitterness, resentment, hatred and anger that we feel about someone that has hurt us. Often, we have a right to have it, but it's choosing to let go of that right to transcend and overcome and rise above that for the sake of our own inner peace and ultimately to want the good for the other person."
September 14, 2020
Correcting and judging others
Father Jeremy Miller: “If we have to say something hard to someone, we do it in the most loving way possible and making sure that we’re first committed to our own humility and our own integrity before doing so.”
September 07, 2020
Finding who we are
Fr. Jeremy Miller: “Jesus says if you want to have life, give it away. If you want to gain your life, give it away freely. And if you insist on keeping your life, you’re going to lose it.”
August 31, 2020
Managing our faith expectations
Father Jeremy Miller: Our spiritual houses, our spiritual temples, ourselves, are the place where humanity and divinity are meant to unite.
August 24, 2020
Taking off the mask spiritually
Father Jeremy Miller: We can’t see God face-to-face until we have faces.
August 17, 2020
5 Ws of Walking on Water
Deacon Justin Moor: “The 5 W questions of who, what, when, where and why help us better understand the important parts of any story. During the story of Peter walking on water to Jesus through the storm, these questions had to be swirling around in Peter’s head and heart.”
August 09, 2020
Don’t anticipate, participate
Fr. Jeremy Miller: “We can get so locked in to anticipating the future that we miss what God wants to do right here.”
August 02, 2020
Finding the treasure of Christ
Fr. Jeremy Miller: “Sometimes we need guidance to keep us on the right path for the treasure.”
July 26, 2020
The Weeds and the Wheat
Fr. Jeremy Miller: “To uproot too quickly, can sometimes cause great instability than what was trying to be repaired.”
July 19, 2020
Diagnosing the garden of our hearts
Fr. Jeremy Miller: “Let’s make the garden of our hearts, the soil of our hearts, ready and responsive and conducive to the growth of God’s grace within us.”
July 12, 2020
Sharing the Burden
Fr. Jeremy Miller: “We all carry burdens, but the good news is that we never carry them alone.”
July 05, 2020
First-Class Love
Deacon Justin Moor: “With this approach of loving, we see Jesus in each member of our families. This is the moment when we stop letting the way our family members have loved us be the limiting factor in the way we love them.”
June 28, 2020
Bad stuff grows quicker than good stuff
Fr. Jeremy Miller: “Evil multiplies faster than goodness. Vice grows quicker than virtue. Selfishness develops quicker than generous love. But there is a remedy: the grace of Jesus.”
June 21, 2020
Corpus Christi: Stabilizing our spiritual core
Fr. Jeremy Miller: “I wanted to reflect today on what this feast and the gift of the Eucharist teaches us about the core of God, his heart, and how his heart speaks to our heart on this feast.”
June 14, 2020
Seeing the Holy Trinity with 3-D glasses
Fr. Jeremy Miller: “When we get to eternal life, we put those glasses on, but for now, we see God indirectly. We see God through shadows, indirect reflections.”
June 07, 2020
Pentecost: Don’t give God leftovers
Fr. Jeremy Miller: “Pentecost is like a mirror that reflects back to us some things about ourselves and the world we live in and what we’re called to do as people of faith.”
May 31, 2020
Ascension: Yo-Yo Jesus
Father Jeremy Miller: Jesus ascends to the Father, but he remains incredibly active through the sacraments, through his spirit.
May 24, 2020
Essential Workers
Deacon Justin Moor: It may be hard for us to see it in the middle of the crisis we are in today, but it is when we look back on the crisis of another day that we can more clearly see God’s faithfulness to this promise of coming to us even in chaos of the crisis, even when it feels like our world as we knew it is falling down all around us.
May 17, 2020
No Place like Home
Father Jeremy Miller: I feel like most of us during this quarantine, we have a love-hate relationship with our homes.
May 10, 2020