Tag: Kingdom of Heaven

Called To Reflect The Mercy Of God

On this 27th Sunday of Ordinary Time, we hear of the Providential Goodness of God.  He is like the landowner who planted a vineyard.  He chose a fertile hillside, prepared the soil, planted the choicest vines, put a hedge around it, hewed out a wine press, built a watchtower, and looked for the crop of grapes.  (Isaiah 5:1-7; Matthew 21:33-43) The Psalm today (Psalm 80) tells us that the vineyard of the Lord is the House of Israel. We are the vineyard of the Lord. We are the one’s whom God has cared for with […]

Christian Understanding Of Human Person & Missionary Church Advances God’s Kingdom

The mission of the Church is to proclaim Christ to the world. The world has always needed this proclamation, and it is no different today. Our best, most credible proclamation of Christ comes in the form of witness, by the way we live, as much as by the creed we profess. Many of our cultural challenges today will be solved only with a proper understanding of the human person. Christian anthropology is an appreciation of the truth that every human person is created by God. This is the foundation of our human dignity and sanctity […]

Pentecost; The Continuing Gift of the Holy Spirit

Pentecost is not just an historical event. The Gift of the Holy Spirit is the ongoing life of the Church! With Evening Prayer today, the Easter Candle will be lit for the last time, except for the celebrations of the Mass of Resurrection (funerals).  This Easter season has perhaps been one of the most grace-filled Easters of my life, and I believe the reason is that God has kept me very busy with his work, and less and less focused on my own interests.  The interpretation of that statement is found in St. Paul’s Letter […]

‘Resistance’ is a part of the Kingdom

It’s amazing to me how the truth of the Scriptures continually ‘open’ with each passing year of one’s pilgrimage in this life.  Once again today, I ‘heard’ a new ‘reality’ of God’s Kingdom while reading the Gospel.  Jesus shares another parable of the Kingdom of heaven with us: “The Kingdom of heaven may be likened to a king who gave a wedding feast for his son.” A key element of the Kingdom involves invitation.  God continually invites us into a loving relationship, a life-giving union with himself.  This is another way of saying that God […]

Advent: Prepare to Receive Christ

  This Second Sunday of Advent, the People of God is invited to re-discover the deepest desire of their heart.  This human desire is for God.  This longing of every human person is precisely what John the Baptist is helping people acknowledge and receive through his baptism of repentance.  “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” This kingdom of heaven is fully present in the person of Jesus.  This is precisely what the Prophet Isaiah foretells in the passage we have heard again this morning: Jesus is the sprout of the stump of […]

Marriage Sunday in Wyoming

Today, couples gathered from around Wyoming to celebrate the beauty and gift of marriage. Many dioceses around the country have such an annual celebration in the middle of winter. I have a feeling that is why it has not been celebrated here. So, we decided that today, we would invite couples who have been married 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, or more that 50 years to come to Casper to celebrate marriage. I believe 113 couples registered for the event.  The longest married couple was celebrating their 73rd anniversary of marriage!  The 113 couples together […]

Blessed Are The Meek

Today the Church celebrates the feast of St. Ignatius of Loyola.  He was one of several great saints that lived during what could be called the Golden Age of the Church.  Born in 1491, he was one of several saints the Lord raised up during the time of the Reformation. Other great saints of his time were some he formed as founder of the Society of Jesus, such as Francis Xavier and Aloysius Gonzaga.  Other contemporary saints, just to name of few were St. John of the Cross, St. Teresa of Avila, St. Charles Borromeo, St. Philip […]

The Beauty of Marriage

Today I had the distinct pleasure of returning to a parish where I served as pastor for nine years to celebrate the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony for a lovely couple. The groom was only 15 years old when I arrived in 1998 as pastor. I quickly came to know and love his family. I was very happy when I learned of his engagement to a beautiful and lovely young woman, and more than pleased to accept their invitation to celebrate their special day with them. Congratulations Steven & Kristina Bauerla! Below are the main thoughts […]

Goodness Alone Insufficient; Christ Alone Saves

Today’s readings are clear about the reality of sin.  In our selection form the Second Book of Samuel, Nathan tells King David his sin.  “Why have you spurned the Lord and done evil in his sight?”  Once his sins are made known, David honestly takes responsibility. Psalm 31 is also an invitation to us to acknowledge our sin before God:  “Lord, forgive the sins I have done.”  In the Gospel today, Jesus speaks directly about the reality of sin, and demonstrates that He alone has the power to forgive our sins. As Jesus enters the […]

Faith In Final Victory!

How we doing, Church?  Does it still feel like Easter Sunday?  If it does, good for you!  If it doesn’t, then lean on the cross for the victory and hope it holds.  I recall the words of an old Italian priest friend of mine while a seminarian in Rome.  When he could see I was struggling, he would say to me: “Forza, Forza. Spinge, Spinge.”  Meaning: be strong, keep pushing forward.  And I knew he spoke these words as encouragement in faith. Once again, recall our Easter Sunday profession of Faith.  We believe “Jesus will […]

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