Sermons on “Community”

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Taking up our Cross

Monsignor Michael Billian: Today’s Gospel reminds us that the life of a Christian is not an easy one. It’s a life of sacrifice, a life of renouncing one’s self. It is a life of the cross. And sometimes, that’s a tough, uphill and even painful path to walk.

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Weeds Among the Wheat

Monsignor Michael Billian: It’s God’s job to do the judging. Let him do his work while we do our best to till the gardens of our lives and care for them.

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Ascension: Telling the World that Jesus Lives

Monsignor Michael Billian: The Solemnity of the Ascension is a call for us to tell the world that Jesus is still with us.

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Living Abundantly

Father Philip Smith: The abundant living that Jesus is inviting us to today is a life in which we sometimes let go of our plans because they were indeed too easy and embrace God’s plans and the tasks that God has entrusted to us to complete in the world today, even when we don’t feel strong enough to complete them.

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Holy Thursday: Eating at the Big Table

Monsignor Michael Billian: The Lord invites all of us to come to the Big Table, to listen to the stories that belong to our faith family, to share in the one bread and the one cup, to enjoy the strength that we receive by being together around the Big Table.

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Three Ways to be a Better Listener

Father Philip Smith: Listening is what builds intimacy. It bonds people together. Even when we disagree with other people, it helps us understand where they’re coming from.

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Epiphany: Welcoming All Peoples

Monsignor Michael Billian: Christ came for all nations, for all peoples. And if we are ambassadors for Christ in the world, then we too need to be prepared to welcome all peoples as well.

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Advent: Changing our Settings

Monsignor Michael Billian: Advent is an opportunity to change our personal settings in life.

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Don’t Snooze Through Advent

Father Philip Smith: Advent is a time to stop hitting the snooze button on the changes we need to make to allow God to help us to become better people in a closer community together.

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Year of Mercy: Counsel the Doubtful

Father Philip Smith: It might be our loving presence that might make the difference for them, the place that God’s mercy will work to show them the path they must follow.

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