Bottom line: To serve as Christ means not just imitating Christ, but that Christ himself is serving through us.
This weekend I am showing the video for the Called to Serve as Christ campaign. It's a major campaign to meet the needs of elderly priests and sisters. As you will hear Archbishop Bishop Sartain explain, the phrase "as Christ" means something more than imitating Christ. It refers to the fact that through faithful Christians Christ serves others.
Last week I asked some parishioners to make phone calls on my behalf. In a sense they phoned as Father Bloom. I was acting through them. How much more does Christ act through us. Christ worked - and continues to work - through our elderly priests and sisters. With that in mind I ask you to give your attention to this video about the Called to Serve as Christ campaign.
That young man, Andrew Scott, explained it well: Just like we take care of our parents so we care for our spiritual mothers and fathers. In coming weeks you will hear more about how you can help. For today I ask you take home this message: Our elderly priests and sisters did God's work when they followed the call to serve as Christ. It's what we heard today in the prophet Isaiah: "I come to gather people of every language; they shall come and see my glory". Amen.
Why is Gate so Narrow? (Audio version of homily for 21st Sunday, Cycle C - 2016)
From Archives (Homilies for Twenty-First Sunday, Year C):
Seapadre Homilies: Cycle A, Cycle B, Cycle C
Audio Files of Homilies (Simple Catholicism Blog)
Take the Plunge Bible Study (audio resources) *New episodes for Ordinary Time leading up to Lent*
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Other Priests' Homilies, Well Worth Listening:
Fr. Frank Schuster
Fr. Brad Hagelin
Fr. Jim Northrop
Fr. Michael White
Fr Pat Freitag (and deacons of St. Monica)
Bishop Robert Barron
Bulletin (St. Mary of Valley Parish)
Parish Picture Album
MBC - Mary Bloom Center, Puno, Peru