SERMONS

Check out Father Royce Gregerson's sermons each week! Whether you were out of town on Sunday, just want a chance to have a second read, or are following our parish from a distance, Father's homilies are posted here each Sunday. Look for audio to be added each week as well.

November 17, 2019

“By your perseverance you will secure your lives.”

Over the last few weeks we have been talking about the “last things” – death, judgment, Heaven, and Hell. These “last things” are brought to our mind by the upcoming end to the Church’s year, corresponding with the natural cycle around us. The Sacred Scriptures remind us that all this around us will come to an end at the second coming of Christ. The prophet Malachi foretells to...

November 2, 2019

It is good to think, from time to time, about death. We do not, I propose, think much about death. We fear it, mourn it, and perhaps even long for it. But rarely do we think about it. Why, we ought to ask, does death exist in the first place?

That natural response to death is sorrow and mourning. But why? Why do people from around the world, from many different cultures and even religions, share a common response to death? Yes,...

November 1, 2019

For centuries, Christians have been gathering on the first day of November to celebrate the Feast of All Saints. But why? From the earliest days of the Church’s history, Christians gathered on the anniversaries of the deaths of the saints on the site of their martyrdoms. There is, for example, archeological evidence of devotion to St. Peter at the site of his tomb from the first century A.D.

For the early Christians, the martyr...

October 13, 2019

The Sacred Scriptures are so rich that within the smallest details we can find the deepest meanings. In the story of Naaman in today’s Old Testament lesson, there is a small detail that contains a powerful message. But first, who is this Naaman guy anyways?

Naaman is the general of the Syrian army – the most powerful country in the world at the time. So he is pretty important. But he is a leper, which is surprising for someone...

September 22, 2019

There are many places in the world where it is very difficult to live one’s Catholic faith. Yet, many Catholics live their faith in Christ and His Church with heroic dedication. In China, for many years, Catholics who refuse to take part in the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association – a replacement for the apostolic communion of the Catholic Church by which the Communist Party monitors and carefully controls clergy and laity –...

September 8, 2019

Nothing in life is free. Some things might be free to us, but someone has to pay the cost. The same is also true of relationships. Every relationship costs something. When a man and woman promise to be faithful to each other forever in marriage, they forsake all others in order to cling to their spouse. The others whom they forsake are part of the cost of marriage. They promise to sacrifice their own material comfort in order...

September 2, 2019

Humility is powerful. That’s not how we would normally think about it, but it’s true. St. Vincent de Paul once wrote, “The most powerful weapon to conquer the devil is humility. For, as he does not know at all how to employ it, neither does he know how to defend himself from it.” Yet, to the world, humility is often regarded more as a vice than a virtue. The world sees humility as submission and weakness. On the other hand, St...

August 25, 2019

Good morning from St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Goshen, Indiana. Today is Sunday, August 25th, 2019, The Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary time.  Father Jose Arroyo explains the relationship between love and discipline in today’s sermon.

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August 20, 2019

“I have come to set the earth on fire, and how I wish it were already blazing!”

What would it look like if our world were on fire? Not literally in flames, but blazing with the kind of fire that our Lord would like to see – the fire of His love, blazing with passion for the glory of His name. What would it look like if the city of Goshen caught fire, or if St. John the Evangelist Parish were already ablaze?

Imagine living in a p...

August 20, 2019

“For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. The last enemy to be destroyed is death for ‘he subjected everything under his feet.’”

Even amidst our culture of skepticism about the divine and the afterlife, human beings cannot stop thinking about death. It provides one of the great and allusive questions: Why do we have to die? And what happens when we do?

An interesting and relatively contemporary example...

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