• John Vella

    Contributing sermons since Jan 1, 2000
John's church

Seeds for Sowing
Midland, *Province/Other L4R 4K3

About John
  • Education: I have a B.A. from the University of Toronto, an S.T.B. from the St. Paul’s University (Ottawa) and an S.T.M. from Regis College (Toronto School of Theology).
  • Experience: I have been ordained for thirty-six years. During that time I served in several parishes, both urban and rural. I also spent nine years on the faculty of St. Augustine’s Seminary, Toronto. I am also one of the founding members of English Retrouvaille, a worldwide program to help couples experiencing severe marriage difficulties.
  • Family: I am the youngest of eight children. My parents are from the small island of Malta...where St. Paul spent a few months after being shipwreaked.
  • Best advice given to me about preaching: Only make one central point.
  • Books that have had an impact: The Inner Voice of Love - Henri Nouwen Original Blessing - Matthew Fox
  • Hobbies: I love to sing and play the guitar, sail, and ride my motorcycle.
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  • Familiarity And Faith

    Contributed on Feb 5, 2007
    based on 17 ratings

    In today’s Gospel Jesus comes face to face with roadblocks. He has come to his hometown wanting to bring his extraordinary message of God’s love and forgiveness to his own former neighbours. But what happens? Roadblocks!

    Seeds for Sowing - Vol. IV - Issue 5, No. 33 Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Year (B) July 9, 2000 Readings: * Ezekiel 2:2-5 * 2 Corinthians 12:7-10 * Mark 6:1-6 Familiarity and Faith Roadblocks Have you ever come across a roadblock while driving your car? All of a sudden, more

  • A Fair Balance

    Contributed on Feb 5, 2007
    based on 4 ratings

    Today’s Gospel shows Jesus curing the woman who had suffered from hemorrhages for twelve years. Then he goes on to raise the young daughter of Jairus from the dead. And Jesus has given us those same powers. You and I can cure the sick and we can help peop

    Seeds for Sowing - Vol. IV - Issue 4, No. 32 Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (B) July 2, 2000 Readings: * Wisdom 1:13-15, 2:23-25 * 2 Corinthians 8:7, 9, 13-15 * Mark 5:21-43 A Fair Balance The Power of Christ Imagine Jesus Christ appearing to you. He has decided that he more

  • The Urge To Cling

    Contributed on Feb 5, 2007

    We instinctively know that clinging behaviour in an adult is not a good thing. Jesus knew that very well. He knew that the urge to cling could even cause us to lose our life. We could end up not really alive. Instead of being free in Christ, our clinging

    Seeds for Sowing, Vol. IV, Issue 3, No. 20 Fifth Sunday of Lent (Year B) April 9, 2000 Readings: * Jeremiah 31:31-34 * Hebrews 5:7-9 * John 12:20-33 The Urge to Cling Mother Attachment Have you ever seen a little boy clinging to his mother’s leg? He’s afraid that he’ll be more

  • Jesus' Picture Gallery

    Contributed on Feb 5, 2007
    based on 19 ratings

    The important thing is not to have just one image of Jesus. This would hardly do him justice. It would be the same as our parents showing their friend only one photograph of us.

    Seeds for Sowing, Vol. IV, Issue 3, No. 18 Third Sunday of Lent (Year B) March 26, 2000 Readings: * Exodus 20:1-17 * 1 Corinthians 1:18, 22-25 * John 2:13-25 Jesus’ Picture Gallery Baby Pictures One of the first things that new parents want to have is a picture of their baby. more

  • A Changed Perspective

    Contributed on Feb 5, 2007
    based on 5 ratings

    Life’s troubles have always been part of humanity and always will be. Believing in God doesn’t take away any of those problems nor does it make the emotional and physical pain disappear. But believing in God does make a significant difference in the bigge

    Seeds for Sowing, Vol. IV - Issue 3, No. 17 Second Sunday of Lent (Year B) March 19, 2000 Readings: * Genesis 22:1-2, 9-13, 15-18 * Romans 8:31-35, 37 * Mark 9:2-10 A Changed Perspective The Difficulties of Living Life is difficult. Not many people would deny that statement. more

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