Sermons on “Service”

Homily April 3, 2016

Ascension: Being People of Action

Monsignor Michael Billian: Christians have to be people of action. We’re given the Spirit to use the power of God to bring others to Christ.

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Whose voice are we listening to?

Father Philip Smith: In today’s Gospel reading, Jesus said he was the Good Shepherd. He said he knows his sheep. He knows us. And he said, “They listen to my voice and follow me.” Do we know what the voice of Jesus sounds like?

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Year of Mercy: Instruct the Ignorant

Father Philip Smith: Simon Peter took a different approach today. He doesn’t impose his beliefs, he proposes them. He welcomes and invites people to learn more about Jesus, but leaves it up to their own freedom and their own free choice to decide whether they follow or not. That’s the model we’re invited to follow.

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Homily April 3, 2016

The Kindergarten Class of Jesus

Monsignor Michael Billian: Jesus picked 12 to start with and they were very different. Our Lord took them and molded them into disciples. He taught them to bury their differences and work together.

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Good Friday: Choosing to Help and Serve

Father Philip Smith: If we were there on Good Friday, would we have stepped up like Joseph and Nicodemus to care for Jesus’ body? It had been bruised and was hanging lifeless on the cross. Would we have worried what other people would think of us for wasting our time on such thankless work?

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Holy Thursday: Letting Jesus Wash Our Feet

Father Philip Smith: The image today of Jesus bending down, washing the dirty feet of his disciples, reminds us that God chooses us to be worthy of his love, to experience his love.

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Palm Sunday: Being a Pilgrim, not a Tourist

Monsignor Michael Billian: Pilgrims don’t stand on the outside and watch what’s going on. Pilgrims get involved in what’s going on. Pilgrims engage the people that they are walking through life with.

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Being Open to Something New

Father Philip Smith: God’s inviting us on a new adventure. We’re reminded to step outside of our comfort zone to serve and to love and to pray in new ways.

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Gaining Perspective during Lent

Monsignor Michael Billian: We do this hard work during Lent so that we may encounter more fully the resurrected Jesus.

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Ash Wednesday: Sinners with a Savior

Father Philip Smith: What we do here this evening is the exact opposite as we literally rub dirt on our foreheads, as we rub ashes on our foreheads as a symbol of the fact that we don’t have everything together, that we’re not perfect.

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