Tag: Advent

Gospel Joy: Following & Pointing To Christ

This Third Sunday of Advent is traditionally known as Guadete Sunday.  As we progress in the Advent season, we are to rejoice at the approach of our Savior. Today’s readings focus our attention on John the Baptist, who pointed the way to Christ, and serves as a model of how we are to discover the Gospel Joy of doing the same. Last Sunday we heard that “the word of God came to John.”  (Luke 3: 2)  This ‘encounter’ for the Baptist became the defining moment of his life.  I reflected last week that even for […]

Comfort, Give Comfort To My People

On Tuesday this week I had the pleasure of visiting one of our assisted living facilities to have Mass with the residents and staff. After Mass, I also was able to celebrate the Sacrament of Anointing the Sick with many of the people who were present.  Such moments never fail to move me at a profound level. A scripture passage from the Advent season kept coming to mind: Comfort, give comfort to my people.  This is exactly what Christ brings into the world – the abiding presence and comfort of our God.  I love these […]

Advent: A Time To Increase And Abound In Love For One Another

Spending time with today’s Mass readings, prayers, and scripture from the Liturgy of Hours drives home a strong invitation from this Advent season: conversion of life to the LORD.  What stands out most is the call to grow in good deeds to others. Spend some time praying and reflecting on the Opening Prayer for Mass on this First Sunday of Advent: Grant your faithful, we pray, almighty God, the resolve to run forth to meet your Christ with righteous deeds at his coming, so that, gathered at his right hand, they may be worthy to […]

ADVENT: The LORD Comes

In some ways, our earthquake, ‘end of times’ experience yesterday, and the aftershocks through the night, were too graphic of an ‘ending’ to this liturgical year.  Though it felt somewhat ‘like the end’ several times yesterday, here is a reflection to begin the new liturgical year and Advent.  May this ‘new year’ hold much grace for you, your family, for our Church and world! Over the course of my childhood, our home was a bee hive of activity during Advent. The center piece during that liturgical season was the Advent Wreath, and I remember vividly […]

Jesus Walks With Us. Let Us Keep His Company At All Times.

My own spiritual practice recently is focusing on the reality of God’s faithfulness and the intimate presence of Jesus with me at all times.  Attached to this practice is the intention to consciously walk with Jesus (and our Lady) each moment of the day.  God’s faithfulness calls us to the same fidelity. This is what Pope Francis likes to call Missionary Discipleship, setting out with Jesus each day.  Journeying with Jesus is another way of describing how we are to ‘lean into grace’ at all times. There are so many physical realities that are a […]

The Cry Of Advent: “Arise, My Beloved, And Come”

We are now in the final days of Advent. Is our longing for the Lord stronger? Is our cry for the Lord more intimate?  Today’s first reading from the Song of Songs is perhaps one of the most intimate expressions of longing for the Lord in all of Sacred Scripture, and instructs us to be equally intimate in our desire for and relationship with Christ. My lover speaks; he says to me, “Arise, my beloved, my dove, my beautiful one, and come! “For see, the winter is past, the rains are over and gone. The […]

Open Wide Your Hearts To Christ!

  Yesterday evening, we had a meaningful celebration at St. Mary’s Cathedral officially opening the Holy Door to the Year of Mercy.  I pray this Year of Mercy will be a source of grace moving many people to a closer relationship with Christ, and more meaningful relationships with all. I’m grateful to Mr. Tom Jacobson for providing a few photos from the event.  I hope this Holy Year provides as  much inspiration to others as it already has for me. I’m departing this morning for Rock Springs to join the local community for their annual Our Lady […]

God Our Creator

As a new Advent season begins, our readings draw attention to creation. From references to ‘the mountain of the Lord,’ (Isaiah 2: 1-5) to trees, branches, and fruit, (Isaiah 4) to the creatures of the earth that learn to live together in peace, (Isaiah 11) we are reminded of the beauty of God’s handiwork, and that each element of creation plays a role in God’s mysterious and eternal plan of salvation. Is it any wonder that all of creation sings the praise of God, (Psalm 96) in order to reveal the Creator to those who […]

Hubris of Hearts Swept Clean by Holy Spirit

It is so easy in this world to have hearts cluttered by superficial and transient things. Human hearts easily become like the ruins of ancient cities, covered over by centuries of debris, only to be discovered after much excavation.  Advent is a time to prepare for the coming of the Lord by clearing the hubris of heart that leads to so much confusion and discontent.  Advent is a time to let in the Light of Christ that the darkness may be scattered. Today record high temperatures allowed me to wash windows.  That must have been […]

God’s Immeasurable Love on Display in the Immaculate Conception

On this Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, we celebrate the mystery and magnificence of God. With great love, God created all things, the culmination being the creation of man and woman in his own image. Imagine our dignity, being created in the image and likeness of God, for relationship with God, for sharing in the Divine Life Itself! This is the beauty and the dignity of the human person, our communion with God. But when sin entered into God’s plan for creation, it diminished the human person and dimmed the brilliance of life because sin […]

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