Tag: Humility

Humility, Loving Service, Unity

Our readings this weekend are about humility and gentleness in the manner in which we live our faith. Even though we do not hear from the Prophet Micah this weekend, his words echo in my heart: To act justly, to love tenderly, to walk humbly with your God. It is important to look to Christ as our model.  He, as God, humbled himself to come to earth, and take on our human condition.  Without abandoning his Divinity, he took on our humanity.  He came to reveal to humanity the reality of God, and he did […]

Palm Sunday: God’s Ways Are Not Our Ways

As we listen again today to the Passion of Jesus, I’m reminded how much God’s ways are not our own.  Even Jesus, who throughout his earthly ministry was in intimate communion with the Father, experienced a certain ‘darkness’ in fulfilling the Father’s will in his Passion and Death, and thus exclaimed from the cross: “My God, why have you abandoned me?” I find comfort in these words of Jesus as perhaps each of us are called to do as we bear the cross and sufferings that are a part of our lives.  How often do […]

Nativity: Humility, Love, Self-Gift

CHRISTMAS HOMILY 2016 Merry Christmas!  Our celebration tonight once again draws the world’s attention to the humility and love of God.  In our American language, we call this celebration Christmas, (Christ Mass) while many other languages speak directly to the true focus; the birth of Jesus, such as Feliz Navidad, or Buon Natale!  The birth of Jesus … The birth of God … The birth of a Savior. This holy night, this moment in salvation history has so much to teach our world today.  Our God is not distant.  Our God is very near, and […]

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 […]

Blessed With Royal Dignity

How easy it is for me to see the glory of God in creation, but with all humility, I admit, it is a bit more challenging to find God’s glory in the human person.  And yet, during Mass at the cathedral yesterday, I was acutely aware of God’s glory in his people as I gazed out at the congregation during the chanting of the Responsorial Psalm: “Blessed the people the Lord has chosen to be his own.” Pope Francis is regularly reminding us to serve Christ in one another, particularly in the poor and marginalized.  He calls […]

The Easter Triduum Has Begun

To view pictures from this evening, click here. MASS OF THE LORD’S SUPPER, 2016 CATHEDRAL OF ST. MARY; CHEYENNE MOST REVEREND PAUL D. ETIENNE, DD, STL With this Mass, we begin our celebration of the Easter Triduum, which recalls the passion, death and resurrection of the Lord, Jesus Christ. At the heart of the Triduum is the cross, with its culmination being the resurrection on Easter Sunday, celebrated in all of its brilliance on Holy Saturday night. In essence, the celebrations over the next three days are all parts of one long Liturgy, just as […]

Behold Your King

As this Holy Week begins, we are encouraged to recognize Christ as our King. The glory of Jesus is revealed in humble love, suffering and service.  As the second reading today teaches: Christ Jesus, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God something to be grasped.  Rather, he emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, coming in human likeness; and found human in appearance, he humbled himself, becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. (Philippians 2: 6ff) If our God and Savior can lower […]

The Life Of Grace Is Mixed And Mingled In The Life Of Every Believer.

  On today’s feast of the Baptism of the Lord, the Christmas season reaches its conclusion. With the Baptism of Jesus, the so called ‘hidden years’ of Jesus come to an end as his public life and ministry commence. In many ways, the Baptism in the Jordan of Jesus by John the Baptist reveals the mystery of the Christmas season. As the Church moves forward from this season of worshiping the child Jesus, we now turn our eyes to find Jesus in the infants of our time – bringing them to Christ through the baptismal […]

Discipleship: Following and Learning From Jesus

Again this Sunday, we hear from Mark’s Gospel (9: 30-37) more about discipleship.  The opening line of today’s Scripture passage gives the first subtle point: “They left from there and began a journey through Galilee, but he did not wish anyone to know about it.”  (Mark 9:30) This journey with Jesus is what discipleship entails.  At this point in Jesus’ ministry, he is intentionally spending time with his disciples, giving them their final instruction, making sure they truly understand the significance of the new way he is introducing. Discipleship is following Jesus.  Discipleship is walking […]

Servants of Unity

One of the primary teachings of Christ and Sacred Scripture is the unity that we share as members of Christ’s body. As disciples of Christ, we are called to unity with him, who has clothed us in his eternal life and glory, who nourishes us with his life and spirit through his Word and Sacrament. One with Christ, we are to be servants of unity, in the Church and in the world. We do this through humility, solidarity and compassion for all of God’s children. Jesus calls us to relationship with himself, just as he […]

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