Posted by Nick Coffman on 1/19/20
In the homily this weekend, Fr. Steve spoke of the importance of surrendering our will to the will of God so clearly found in his Son, Jesus. We live in a society where individuals so often want to determine their own fate in everything – including their own path ... Read More »
Posted by Nick Coffman on 1/12/20
This weekend, the Baptism of the Lord, Fr. Steve reflected upon the importance of baptism in our spiritual lives and in the lives of the church.
The infancy narrative about the birth of Jesus is present in only two gospels – Matthew and Luke. But the story of Jesus’ ... Read More »
Posted by Nick Coffman on 1/05/20
On the Feast of the Epiphany Fr. Steve focused on the journey of the magi following the star to find the Savior of the world. Through his reflections Fr. Steve invited us to reflect upon our own spiritual journey. Where do we find ourselves in our spiritual journey with ... Read More »
Posted by Nick Coffman on 12/29/19
On the Feast of the Holy Family, Fr. Steve reflected upon the importance of the role of family for the church and the importance of relationships and community in the life of the disciple of Jesus.
The first Sunday after Christmas, the Church calls us to celebrate the feast ... Read More »
Posted by Nick Coffman on 12/22/19
In this weekend’s homily, Fr. Steve spoke of how our God is a God of surprises often not working as we plan in our lives. But, we are called to trust in him. And when we trust in him, we have begun one exciting journey of life! Look at Joseph……….
This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about. MT 1:18 So begins today’s gospel passage. And many people giving some thought to this particular text would complete it by saying, “the birth of Jesus Christ came about through a lot of messed up plans for some very good people.” We have two very good people with their families planning a marriage. What could be more natural? This good man, Joseph, was proceeding with his life in the most ordinary of ways. He was planning to marry the woman he loved. There were customs to be followed, but there was nothing out of the ordinary for these good Jewish folks, as far they could perceive. But God wants to interrupt the good plans of these good people for a far better ... Read More »
Posted by Nick Coffman on 12/15/19
On Gaudete Sunday, Fr. Steve shared these words with us remind us of the hope that is ours when we ground our life in Christ.
This third Sunday of Advent is known as “Gaudete Sunday”; “gaudete”, a Latin word which means rejoice. When I hear this word, I often ... Read More »
Posted by Nick Coffman on 12/08/19
As preached in this weekend's homily:
The Scripture texts this Advent Sunday provide three powerful spotlights to draw our attention to dimensions of the spiritual life that we can quickly forget. John the Baptist is a familiar image of Advent along with the Advent Wreath, Christmas music in stores, ... Read More »
Posted by Nick Coffman on 12/01/19
Therefore, stay awake! For you do not know on which day your Lord will come. MT 24: 42
Fr. Steve preached: Several years ago I was in Glendive for the funeral of my Great Aunt Victoria – she was the last of that generation. I remember visiting with my ... Read More »
Posted by Nick Coffman on 11/24/19
My kingdom is not of this world. JN 18:36
Fr. Steve emphasized in his homily: there is a stark contrast between Jesus’ understanding of kingship and the typical understanding of kingship. The Feast of Christ the King stands in stark contrast to two contemporary trends in some Christian circles. ... Read More »
Posted by Nick Coffman on 11/17/19
Fr. Steve reminded us that as the liturgical year comes to a close, the Scripture texts that the church provides could be described as apocalyptic. Often, when we think of that term today, we think of the “end times” or “the end of the world”. Yet, the word in ... Read More »