Tag: Mission

Christ In The Eucharist – Christ In The Church

“The Church draws her life from the Eucharist.” With these words, St. Pope John Paul II began his last Encyclical on the Life of the Eucharist in Relationship to the Church.  This simple statement has so many implications for our lives. To fully understand this teaching, we must begin with a proper understanding of the Eucharist.  As Church, we believe that the Eucharist is the true presence of Our Lord, Jesus Christ, body, soul, and divinity.  Think about that … Jesus Christ is present through his Church – in the Eucharist. In every Mass, the […]

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 […]

Christ Our Life And Our Peace

In today’s Gospel (John 14: 27-31) Jesus prepares his disciples for his passion and death.  For the final time, he instructs them that he will be leaving them, but only to return.  He reassures them that even though the ‘ruler of the world is coming,’ he has no power over Jesus. Then Jesus says an interesting thing: He (the ruler of the world) has no power over me, but the world must know that I love the Father and that I do just as the Father has commanded me. (John 14: 30-31) Even though the […]

Peter Renews His Love For The Risen Lord; The Risen Lord Identifies Love With Service

Today’s Gospel (John 21:1-19) is one of my favorites.  In John’s Gospel this is the third time that Jesus appears to the disciples after being raised from the dead.  I believe it took all three appearances for the disciples to finally fully understand the significance of the resurrection for their lives. Immediate conversions are rare, and so it was for the disciples.  Their hearts were broken after Jesus’ crucifixion and burial.  Their hopes for the future were dashed, leaving them confused and disillusioned.  There was a process involved in which even the Risen Lord needed […]

Chrism Mass in Diocese of Cheyenne

The Church of the Diocese of Cheyenne gathered at St. Patrick in Casper for our Chrism Mass this evening.  Despite winter weather across the southern part of the state, I’m told that attendance tonight was the largest gathered for a Chrism Mass in the history of the Diocese.  Praise God! I am very grateful to all who traveled to make our celebration a joyful expression of faith, and a true experience of being anointed by Christ! Here is the homily from tonight’s Mass: Chrism Mass Homily: Missionary at heart God the Father Anointed Christ, by […]

Chrism Mass Homily

Though not verbatim, here is the essence of my homily from last night’s Chrism Mass.  Sorry, no pictures this year. CHRISM MASS HOMILY March 26, 2015; St. Patrick Catholic Church, Casper Wyoming The Most Reverend Paul D. Etienne, Bishop of Cheyenne The readings we have just heard announce the incredible closeness of God. They speak of the relationship that is ours with God. The setting for tonight’s Gospel is Jesus’ home town of Nazareth. Here, Jesus is in familiar territory, surrounded by family and friends. Jesus has just been anointed by the Holy Spirit in […]

Our Mission: Lead Others To Christ

In the readings this Sunday, we hear how Eli helped Samuel understand that God was calling him. We hear how St. John the Baptist points the way to the Lamb of God. And once Andrew follows and discovers Christ, he goes to bring his brother Simon Peter to Jesus. We must all do the same. Here is an excerpt from my recent pastoral letter: Generous Distributors of God’s Grace which expands upon this account of Samuel. The Role of Parents, Families, Parishes: Recognizing “The Call” Most of us are probably familiar with the bible story […]

We experience God in Mystery

September Institute Homily: 9/24/14 “Jesus summoned his apostles” “Jesus gave them power and authority … over all demons and to cure diseases “Jesus sent them to proclaim the Kingdom of God and to heal the sick…” Recently, someone sent me a new book, and I took a look at the preface and did not get much further than the opening line: “About fifty years ago, the remarkable theologian, Karl Rahner, made an intriguing comment about the forthcoming generations of Christians. He said that the future believer will be either a mystic or not believe at […]

Encounter of a Lifetime: Jesus Calls; Jesus Sends

The first stage of the New Evangelization is for each person to have that ‘life-giving’ encounter with the person of Jesus Christ.  Many of us have met Jesus, and many others long to know Him.  Lent is a perfect time to renew our relationship with Jesus, and to gain greater clarity of the details of our own encounter with Him as well as a clearer understanding of how He is sending me to work in His name. Because God is God, and can (and does) act in any manner He so chooses, this encounter with […]

Lent: Renew The Trajectory Of Life

With the Parish Mission at Holy Family parish in St. Petersburg now complete, I would like to share some of the insights I gained. First, I’m reminded once again of Jesus’ teaching that every time we take the opportunity to give of ourselves, whether in ministry or in relationships, we always receive in return more than we give. This is primarily the truth of Psalm 126 when it teaches: “They go out, they go out, full of tears, carrying seed for the sowing: they come back, they come back, full of song, carrying their sheaves.” These past […]

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