Tag: Holy Spirit

Called To Discipleship & Witnesses

During the month of June, we will conclude another Easter Season with the celebration of Pentecost, followed by some major Solemnities: Holy Trinity, Corpus Christi (The Body & Blood of The Lord); the Sacred Heart of Jesus, The Nativity of Saint John the Baptist, and Saints Peter & Paul. That is quite a line-up for any month of the year! These great liturgical celebrations speak to us of the importance in our lives of discipleship (following Jesus) and witness (being heralds of the Gospel). Jesus shares his life with us not only that we may […]

World Communication Day And The Holy Spirit

The Easter Season is drawing near its completion with the celebration of Pentecost just two weeks away (Sunday, June 4).  Pentecost Sunday is typically dedicated as World Communication Day, thus linking it to the great commission of Jesus to the Apostles: “Go into the whole world and proclaim the Good News.”  (Mark 16:15). There is no greater message to communicate than the Good News of Jesus Christ! Every year, the Holy Father issues a message to mark the occasion of the World Day of Communication.  Here is what Pope Francis said in this year’s Message: […]

Chrism Mass: Hands For God’s Work & Backs For The Cross

Here is the homily form this year’s Chrism Mass in Anchorage.  You can skip to the bottom if you wish to view the slideshow. Good evening, and welcome! Just like parents are happiest when all the kids are home, nothing makes a bishop happier than a full house for a special celebration! Our readings for this evening’s Chrism Mass give us several titles for Jesus: Faithful Witness, Firstborn of the dead, and Ruler of the kings of the earth. Our celebration tonight calls to mind other titles as well, such as Eternal Priest, and Living […]

New Year’s Greetings!

As 2016 draws to a close, I hope you are able to give thanks for the many ways God has been present and active in your life this year.  In order to plan for a new year, it is helpful to take stock of my awareness of God’s presence and action in this past year.  I’ll readily admit, I’m often so consumed with meeting the demands of the ‘present’ that I can tend to lose sight at times of what God is doing and how God has been answering all of my prayers. January 1st […]

Dealing With Worldy Entities; Living By Spiritual Realities

For the past few days, during Mass we have been reading from the First Letter of St. Paul to the Corinthians.  Yesterday’s passage touched me deeply, because it spoke directly to a challenge of our day.  Please take a moment to read this passage from St. Paul: The Spirit scrutinizes everything, even the depths of God. Among men, who knows what pertains to the man except his spirit that is within? Similarly, no one knows what pertains to God except the Spirit of God. We have not received the spirit of the world but the […]

Come To The Lord; Take Courage, Jesus Is Calling You

Both of today’s readings are great reminders to come to Jesus and to remain in him. Today’s Gospel recalls another journey of Jesus, this time he is passing through Jericho with his disciples.  Sitting along the side of the road is a blind man, Bartimaeus.  The man, hearing that Jesus is passing by, begins crying out: “Jesus, son of David, have pity on me.” (Mark 10:47)  He has such faith that he knows and believes Jesus can heal him.  He has such humility, he does not care who hears him cry out in his need. Jesus […]

Living The Power Of God’s Word And The Paschal Mystery

For some reason, these last few days have been a spiritual struggle for me. But, that is the reality of the spiritual life; it is a constant ebb and flow of ups and downs, of consolation and desolation, of fidelity and temptations. Through the course of every spiritual journey, God is doing what he does best, tempering us for holiness. The life of the believer is a continual invitation to live what we believe, namely, by the power of God’s Word, the strength of Grace, going deeper everyday into the Paschal Mystery of Jesus’ own death […]

The Lord Desires To Bestow His Spirit Upon All

26th Sunday, Ordinary Time Numbers 11:25-29; Psalm 19; James 5:1-6; Mark 9:38-48 In today’s Gospel, we see the Apostle, John, take issue with someone who is casting out demons in the name of Jesus.  His concern is that this individual is not one of their followers.  And yet, someone is doing a good work in the name of Jesus.  Similarly, in today’s first reading, Joshua is upset that two individuals who were not present at the time Moses prayed that God share a portion of his spirit with a group of elders, are prophesying, apparently […]

Be Joyful Witnesses To Christ

Every Sunday, in fact, every celebration of the Eucharist is a ‘Little Easter.’  During the Easter Season, the Church not only recalls the resurrection of Jesus Christ, but is actually renewed in the life of the Risen Christ, through the life of the Holy Spirit. This life of the Risen Christ is the life of the Church. The Church is the body of believers, the Body of Christ, that is, you and me. No wonder the true believer is a joyful person! After the resurrection, Jesus appeared to his disciples for forty days. He wanted them […]

Pentecost; The Continuing Gift of the Holy Spirit

Pentecost is not just an historical event. The Gift of the Holy Spirit is the ongoing life of the Church! With Evening Prayer today, the Easter Candle will be lit for the last time, except for the celebrations of the Mass of Resurrection (funerals).  This Easter season has perhaps been one of the most grace-filled Easters of my life, and I believe the reason is that God has kept me very busy with his work, and less and less focused on my own interests.  The interpretation of that statement is found in St. Paul’s Letter […]

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