Tag: Charity

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 […]

Love, Charity, Service: The Ministry of Deacons

Deacon Ordination Homily May 18, 2018 Our Lady of Guadalupe Co-Cathedral – Anchorage Acts 6: 1-7; Ephesians 4: 1-7, 11-13; John 15: 9-17 Love – Charity – Service I wish to welcome all of you to this Deacon Ordination Mass. It is great to have such a broad representation of this local Church, from our priests and deacons, to our women religious and so many of our lay faithful. In a very special way, we welcome all the family and friends of our soon-to-be deacons. And most especially, we welcome you: Gustavo & Cristine Scott […]

Holy Thursday Homily; Marked With The Blood Of The Lamb

Our first reading tonight gives not only historical perspective for this night, but reminds us specifically of the history of salvation; the saving work of God on behalf of his people. The Book of Exodus (12:1-8, 11-14) recalls how God heard the cry of the people Israel, held captive as slaves in Egypt for so many years. After sending Moses as his servant to speak and perform signs on his behalf, one final act is necessary to convince Pharaoh to let the people go. God sent the angel of death to destroy the first born […]

Strong In Faith, Generous Of Heart; St. Nicholas, Pray For Us!

From my years as a student in Rome, I have had a great love for the Communion of Saints.  But, St. Nicholas, whose feast we celebrate today, has been a favorite from my youth. Granted, my early memories are of the excitement going to bed the night before, anticipating what small gift would be found in the morning, whether in my shoe or an unexpected stocking with my name on it found somewhere in the house.  I also remember visiting my grandparents home, and there would be a knock on the window or door, a […]

Members Of Church Belong To Something Far Greater Than Local Parish

During the June Pilgrimage to Rome, I was aware of many graces, not the least of which is the unity that we share as one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church. This truth was represented in a small way by the group that travelled with me, from the various places of my life and ministry – Indiana, Wyoming, and Alaska; and in its fullness as the new Archbishops from around the world celebrated Mass with Pope Francis in St. Peter’s Square. The universality of the Church is a beautiful mystery and reality, one that calls us […]

Easter Sunday Mass At Covenant House, Alaska; Anchorage

There has been a long standing tradition within the Archdiocese of Anchorage that on Easter Sunday, the Archbishop celebrates Mass at Covenant House.  I happily continued that tradition yesterday morning, celebrating Mass with many of the staff, board members, benefactors, and others who came to join us.  We had an appropriately inspiring celebration of the Resurrection. You can find my homily for the occasion here. It was nice to stay for a brunch which followed Mass, and an opportunity to be with the youth presently staying at Covenant House. Covenant House moved into their present […]

The Great Commandment

In Today’s Gospel, (Mark 12) Jesus summarizes the Ten Commandments and tells us to love God with all our strength, and to love our neighbor as ourself.  The Gospel values are timeless – and always applicable – including these days that we live in.  We have many neighbors who need our attention and love. On a personal level, that is quite simple.  We have only to make an act of the will and an act of charity to love our neighbor.  It is a simple choice.  On a communitarian level, it seems to have become […]

The Cause Of Our Thanksgiving

As this national day of giving thanks dawns, I reflect upon the first reading from St. Paul for today’s Mass of Thanksgiving. St. Paul gets to the heart of it when he says: I give thanks to my God always on your account for the grace of God bestowed on you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Corinthians 1:4) In a world that seems to be living at a more superficial level, it is good to be reminded of the Priority of God as the creator of all life and Jesus Christ our savior. In a world that knows much division, we […]

Do You Realize What I Have Done For You?

Here is tonight’s Holy Thursday Homily.  Photos will follow in the morning. “Do you realize what I have done for you?” On this holy night, the Church universal returns to the upper room. Truth be known, it returns to a place and time even more distant, to Egypt, during the first Passover of the Lord when he set his people Israel free from slavery and bondage. This night recalls the closeness of God, the fidelity of God, the enduring love of God for all of his people. The God who for centuries had entered into […]

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