Tag: Discipleship

Give Up Everything For Jesus; Gain Everything In Return

In Today’s Gospel (Mark 10: 28-31), Peter begins a conversation with Jesus, saying: “We have given up everything to follow you.” If Jesus had not interrupted Peter, one wonders where this thought was leading … Perhaps once again, Jesus saves Peter from putting his foot in his mouth. Regardless, as we are on the eve of another Lenten journey, we have a great focus.  First from Peter: Have we given up everything to follow Jesus? Second and more importantly, we do well to ponder the promise of Jesus.  We cannot possibly give up more than […]

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 […]

Stewardship: A Way Of Life; Making A Generous Gift Of Self

Yesterday, pastoral leaders from around the Archdiocese of Anchorage gathered to learn more about stewardship, not as a program, but as a spirituality, a way of life. The theme for the day was: “Be Not Afraid: Making a Gift of Self.” Our guest speaker for the day was Deacon David Krueger from the Archdiocese of Omaha, Nebraska.  In addition to being a permanent deacon, he serves as a client manager for Catholic Stewardship Consultants.  We are grateful for his presence and witness. The spirituality of stewardship is rooted in a strong sense and knowledge that all […]

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 […]

Bethany: Model Of Companionship With Jesus

As we continue our Holy Week Journey, we find Jesus in Bethany with his dear friends, Lazarus, Martha and Mary.  (John 12: 1-9) The cenacle where Jesus celebrated the Last Supper with his disciples is very near the temple.  From there, one simply crosses through the Kidron valley and up the hill to enter the Mount of Olives.  And from there, it is a simple stroll up and over that hill and down again to Bethany.  All of these sites lie within very close proximity to each other. This final visit of Jesus to Bethany […]

Lent: Expect & Desire Encounters With God

n this 2ND Sunday of Lent, we hear Scriptural accounts of powerful experiences of God.  Abram hears God directing him to leave his homeland behind to discover a new land which God will show him.  He hears of God’s promise of blessing, and Abram followed the direction of God. Peter, James and John also have a powerful experience of God (the Father) as they accompany Jesus during his transfiguration.  And of course, Jesus himself, who is always in communion with the Father, has a mystical encounter with Moses and Elijah and is transfigured before the […]

Time To Freshen-up Your Job Description

When was the last time you updated your job description?  Does it include a faith component?  Because, faith is to be a part of every aspect of our life.  In today’s Gospel (Luke 9: 57-62) Jesus calls each of us: “Come, follow me.”  With this invitation is the commission of Jesus: “But you, go and proclaim the Kingdom of God.” Are you listening to Jesus?  Are you following Jesus?  How do you proclaim the Kingdom of God in your life? It is helpful to be as clear as possible about how Jesus is calling you and […]

The Spirituality of Stewardship

Last week, the clergy and pastoral leaders of the Diocese of Cheyenne gathered in Laramie for a two day work shop to study the spirituality of stewardship.  We brought in a group of known and proven speakers from Catholic Stewardship Consultants who shared with us their experience as pastors and parish leaders in building a spirituality and culture of stewardship in their own parishes.  The results can be transforming for a parish, and the lives of the individuals who make up a parish. Our annual institute is always a shot in the arm to all the participants.  It […]

Greatness In God’s Kingdom

Several years ago, a group of us were given permission to hunt on a rather large ranch, most of which was high mountain country, and served as summer grazing for cattle.  The ranchers had rounded up their cattle and moved them to lower pasture for the winter, but came up short six cows.  They asked us to keep an eye out for them as we hunted the property.  Sure enough, one day while glassing some of the higher elevations looking for bighorn sheep, there they were – the cows.  Talk about being lost!  But, they […]

Fear Or Faith?

Who does not know the experience of fear? It is a fundamental emotion which plays an appropriate role in the preservation of life.  Fear alerts all of our senses to potential, perceived or genuine threats, allowing the individual to perform at a high level for the preservation of one’s own life or the lives of those entrusted to his or her care.  Fear is highly motivational! (This fear is positive.) At the same time, fear can paralyze us into in-action.  The immediate threat can seem so overwhelming that we freeze in our cognitive ability to develop an adequate […]

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