Tag: Eternal Life

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 […]

In The Cross Is The Joy Of Our Salvation

In yesterday’s Gospel, Jesus taught us that if we wish to be his disciples, we must take up our cross and follow him. (Mark 8:34)  If we receive this instruction in a worldly way, all we will see is the sacrifice and suffering which the cross entails. Today, the Church celebrates the Exaltation of the Cross, or the Triumph of the Cross.  The true ‘end’ of the cross is our salvation!  Thus, in a very real way, there is not only sacrifice and suffering to be found in the cross, but also true joy. Many of […]

Rev. John Wright; Rest in Peace

Fr John Wright- John Anthony Wright was born in Corpus Christi Texas on November 25, 1931, the adoptive son of Fred and Pauline Gilmore. When he was 10 years old he began spending weekends and summers at a large family Ranch owned by the Gallagher’s. This family became his 2nd family. His time spent with the Gallagher’s on their ranch convinced him that rural life was what he wanted and needed. It was this attraction to rural life that eventually brought him to Wyoming. In 1951 he entered the Benedictine Monastery of Subiaco Abbey in […]

Jesus: Son of God & Son of Man

Our world today needs a Savior as much as any time in salvation history. In our day, many want to deny the existence of God or at least ignore God in order to have the false freedom to live as they wish.  But the truth is that the immortal God took on our human condition in the person of Jesus Christ.  Jesus was truly human and divine in one person. The places where Jesus lived and taught make his humanity and his reality accessible to us today.  What he taught, the miracles he wrought, his […]

Strive To Be Welcomed Into Eternal Dwellings

This Twenty Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C) reminds us that we are stewards of many gifts in this life.  Just as the steward of the rich man in today’s Gospel (Luke 16:1-13) was eventually called upon by his master to give an accounting of his stewardship, so each of us. At first blush, we can get the sense the Gospel is about wealth and property.  These are only the worldly realities being discussed by Jesus, and probably why we so readily focus on them in this Gospel, and it is important to pay […]

Our Lady of the Pines & St. Edmund

 Today, I visited two more missions. Two years ago, I stayed at the ‘cabin’ in Story while I took some time off after Easter, but I did not have the chance to celebrate Mass with the community. Story is a short drive from Sheridan. I’m not sure if you would call it the foothills of the Big Horns, or actually in the Big Horns. (I’m sure someone will answer that question now!) After dinner with the two priests from Holy Name in Sheridan, who serve these two mission communities, along with our latest seminarian and […]

On Human Dignity and Courage

Our Mass readings this week from the Second Book of Maccabees grant more scriptural basis of the true nature of the human person rooted in their relationship with God.  As Eleazar faces the threat of death should he not abandon the faith for the pagan practices of a new regime, he reflects upon this “life giving” Origin of his own life: he declared that above all he would be loyal to the holy laws given by God. Even if, for the time being, I avoid the punishment of men, I shall never, whether alive or […]

Seeing Christ; Living Life

Today’s Gospel, John 4:5-42, is about many things, one of which is seeing Christ for Who He is.  As He comes to a Samaritan woman at the well of Jacob, it is about seeing Christ in our daily life.  It is even about discovering Christ more deeply in our sacramental life. He spoke of Living Water, she thought only of a well.  He spoke of  “who is speaking to you”, and she thought only of Jacob.  He spoke of true worship, the Father, of spirit and truth, and she could only speak of her own […]

Eternity

Today’s Gospel and readings speak to certain realities. We are called to show compassion and mercy in this life. We are called to pursue righteousness, devotion, faith, love, patience, and gentleness…and to lay hold of eternal life.  (First Timothy 6:11-12)  In similar fashion, the Prophet Amos warns against complacency.  (Amos 6:1)  Finally, Jesus includes in his story to the Pharisees the realities of judgement when He speaks of the rich man “in torment” and Lazarus “in the bosom of Abraham”. It is interesting that Jesus concludes this teaching to the Pharisees with a reference to […]

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