Monday, May 22, 2023
Monday, May 8, 2023
Jesus is LIFE! – Homily at St. John Cantius for the 5th
Sunday of Easter, 2023
I heard a few people coming into Church this morning asking “who
is that priest?” and so my name is Fr. John Hollowell, a priest of the
Archdiocese of Indianapolis. I have been
up here on a retreat this past week, and I was blessed to be given the
opportunity to have this Mass today by Fr. Caswell.
Jesus says in our Gospel today, that He is the LIFE.
I am the oldest of 15, and 4 of my siblings were lost
through miscarriage, so I am the oldest of 11 who are still living. I can remember my parents being rudely
questioned by others throughout my life, but my Mom shared recently that she was
also treated harshly by friends of hers from my home parish.
I found a letter that my Dad wrote to a Protestant friend explaining
that the number one he realized the Catholic Church was true was because it was
only Church that has not caved on contraception. And so I would just like to say to all the
parents here, thank you for being open to life, thank you for bringing your
children to Mass, and thank you for supporting other families in their openness
to human life.
There are also married couples who carry the cross of
infertility and we pray for them…sometimes adoption is an option but we need to
support those parents in a special way.
So I would just like us to pray about a question…how can this
parish do more to support human life and human families in a culture that seems
bent on destroying life whether through abortion, euthanasia, and all the other
attacks on every front?
Ultimately, we are all called by Christ not just to our own
families but to the larger family of the Catholic Church as well. That is why we call our priests “Fathers” and
our religious men “brothers” and our religious women “sisters”…we are all summoned
to both contribute to and draw life from the world wide family of the Catholic
It is great to be here today! Jesus says He is LIFE itself…let us go invite
others to experience the family of the Catholic Church as well!
Saturday, May 6, 2023
Good Shepherd 2023
Jesus as the Good Shepherd is an image and reality of God
that the world desperately needs to hear at this particular moment.
Why? Because most
people have a completely negative reaction to God as Father. And why do they have a negative reaction to
God as Father…because many people have been abandoned by their father and/or
emotionally abused by their father and/or sexually abused by their father…and
many people have been emotionally or even sexually abused by their priest who
we also call “Father”
So the image of Jesus as the Good Shepherd I believe is the
image that we need to be broadcasting out to the world today as Catholics. The idea that Jesus Christ is out looking for
every single person, as an individual person, and is willing to put every
person on his shoulders and bring that person back to the sheep fold is a
beautiful reality of the Gospel message.
We heard again at Mass today Psalm 23…which is most people’s
favorite Psalm…why…because it talks about God being the Shepherd… “The Lord is
my shepherd…there is nothing I shall want…He leads me besides restful waters…he
has prepared a banquet for me!”
And what is the banquet that the Good Shepherd has prepared
for us? It is most especially Himself,
present under the appearances of bread and wine…the Good Shepherd feeds us with
Himself, turning us into Himself over time.
May we go out and preach Jesus the Good Shepherd, and
witness to the joy that we have experienced in letting Jesus the Good Shepherd
carry us on His shoulders back to the Catholic Church!