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Homilies, podcasts and classes from Fr John Ehrich, STL
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Homilies, podcasts and classes from Fr John Ehrich, STL
www.frjohnehrich.com

    Who and Why the Holy Spirit? - Pentecost Sunday

    Who and Why the Holy Spirit? - Pentecost Sunday

    Fr. John Ehrich, STL
    For full Sunday Worship Service video and music please check out www.stmglendale.org

    • 7 min
    What Does the Ascension Mean for All of Us? - Ascension Sunday

    What Does the Ascension Mean for All of Us? - Ascension Sunday

    Fr. John Ehrich, STL
    Please see entire Worship Service video at www.stmglendale.org

    • 8 min
    Living Faithfully in Freedom - 6th Sunday in Easter

    Living Faithfully in Freedom - 6th Sunday in Easter

    Fr. John Ehrich, STL
    For full worship service video go to stmglendale.org

    • 8 min
    God Doesn't Do What He Is Supposed To - 5th Sunday of Easter

    God Doesn't Do What He Is Supposed To - 5th Sunday of Easter

    The disciples are in a state of excitement and confusion as they recover from a series of events and realizations. Jesus is crucified, His body is gone from the tomb and He appears absent, and then He reveals himself as resurrected, alive again. So He’s with them in presence and life in new form...but then again, He says, “I am leaving.” And the key note to remember is his last words, “Follow Me.”
     
    We hear the departing words of Jesus that His new purpose is to go back to the Father in order to prepare a place for us.
     
    In the whirlwind of events and transitions in our personal lives, where we can feel connected and then disconnected to Christ and his presence or Body, let us reflect on “the bigger plan” that is consistently proclaimed in the Gospel. A bigger reality, a fulfillment that He provides, a gift beyond our expectations. We know intuitively that we are created for more, for a lasting state of being, and ultimately for Union in divinity. By His grace, we can see that our own present plans and realities are very small in the midst of a bigger one. Perhaps if we learn how to suspend our expectations and rely on His objective providence and promise, we can trust more deeply and securely in the coming events in our lives.
    See full worship service at www.stmglendale.org

    • 7 min
    Why Listen To His Voice? - 4th Sunday of Easter

    Why Listen To His Voice? - 4th Sunday of Easter

    Jesus regularly speaks in metaphors about animals and crops, often relating to the agrarian citizens of his historical time.
     
    Take the ‘Shepherd and His Flock’ concept. One of His ideas or depictions could portray two or three shepherds meeting, and congregating together, and therefore, so do their flocks - their individual group of sheep mingle together into a larger flock. If we regard the role of shepherds to the role of priests and prominent holy people, we could see how contemporary religious leaders today are entrusted to their followers and seek to provide their insights and concrete display of faith. Their actions are meant to lead us into deeper communion with Christ and each other.
     
    We as followers might initially have a hard time trusting our shepherds, leaders, as well as the Voice of God, the primary Shepherd. Are we openly listening to these various voices with trust and willingness? Are we willing to later follow through with their practical applications in our lives? These are various and monumental steps that take place throughout our life. What if Jesus, in all the ways He presents Himself, were to be for us a loving friend? As The Shepherd who we can engage with, can we continually trust Him to lead us to new pastures, mingling even with various flocks and families and ultimately being our guide to deep joy?
    For full video of worship service go to www.stmglendale.org

    • 9 min
    Our Hearts Burn For The Eucharist - 3rd Sunday of Easter

    Our Hearts Burn For The Eucharist - 3rd Sunday of Easter

    A famous story: The Road to Emmaus
     
    After the harsh and difficult events of the Lord’s Crucifixion and then the rumor His resurrection, you, the reader, can surmise the quality of emotion and struggle that is taking place in the hearts of these disciples.
     
    And then a stranger appears.
     
    Initially, the disciples don’t recognize Him as Jesus Christ, the very catalyst of all these past events. But as they continually share in conversation and even vulnerability with this stranger, He allows them to see the truth of His presence with them. And a key point here is the timing: He reveals Himself during the act of breaking bread with them, in act of congeniality and reception.
     
    Isn’t this very much like God in the times He approaches us in our everyday lives? Christ initiates contact when we are open to sharing and reciprocity, and then we are given deeper wisdom and understanding. The messages and person of Jesus often resonates through this initial reciprocity, this first encounter. And as we recognize it more, the more it burns in our hearts, and we even seek for more relationship, more encountering in the gift of the Eucharist, in the liturgy, and certainly in our family and friendships as well. God only needs to be granted access to us by our own volition and invitation. The more we allow Him to enter the scene of our psyche, even if He initially enters as a stranger, the more He allows us to see everything as a gift brought forth in surprising ways.
    For full video of Sunday Worship Service, please go to www.stmglendale.org

    • 9 min

Customer Reviews

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34 Ratings

34 Ratings

Winkandsmile44 ,

Helpful for the spirit

Thank you Father John for these messages. These are wonderful.

AllyBGi ,

Gold

These short, thoughtful homilies enlighten, inspire, and convict. I love listening to Father’s insights, and I love how he delivers the message with humor, and a great voice.

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