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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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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 3, 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 4, 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 3, 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 2, 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 8, 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 1, 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 8, 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 1, 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 3, 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 7, 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 9, 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 2, 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 5, 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 7, 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 9, 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 2, 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 5, 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 7, 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