Pastor's Corner 072813

posted Jul 24, 2013, 12:02 PM by Music Director

This week marks 2 significant milestones for me.  Tomorrow (July 29) I will celebrate my 57th birthday, which means I am closer to 60 than 50!  But what the heck, 60 is the new 50, right?  Three days later, I will observe the second anniversary of my appointment as your pastor.  What a trip!  And what a blessing.  I have been blessed with many wonderful assignments as a priest; but none have been happier than my being here among you!  From day one I have received so much love and support of which I am unworthy but deeply, deeply grateful.  Thank you all so very, very much!

I remember when I was a teenager (yes, I can still remember that far back!) older people telling me how time will go by faster and faster the older I get, and my goodness it is so true!  Of course, time itself isn’t going faster; it just seems that way!  It seems, for example, that we just started the month of July, one of my favorites, and now it’s just about over!  Summer, my favorite season, is flying-to me, anyway.  Maybe I’d look at it a little differently if I had children, or if I didn’t like summer so much!

Time is a precious commodity, isn’t it?  But when we look at it through the eyes of our faith, our time in this world is just a drop in the bucket compared to the eternity of life that awaits us.  And that’s why we rightly say, “Blessed be God forever!”  We are destined to be a part of that “forever.”

Still, we shouldn’t take the present for granted.  This is still a marvelous creation of which we are a part.  We are blessed immensely with life in this wondrous universe.  Yes, it can be hard at times.  In fact, it can be downright evil (see last week’s column).  But mostly that’s our own fault.  Most of the evil that exists in the world is of our own doing.

But even when it’s not, even when the evil we experience is of the natural kind (storms, earthquakes, volcanoes, tsunamis, etc.) our response to such things can mean the difference between life and death.  We can make incredibly good things come from incredibly evil ones.

And why not?  Doesn’t God do the same?  What is more evil than nailing an innocent man to a cross?  Yet look at what came of it:  Good Friday led, and leads, to Easter Sunday!  As we are made in the Divine Image and Likeness, as we possess the Spirit of the Living God, as we consume the Body and Blood of the Word made flesh, why shouldn’t we make incredible good come from incredible bad?  In fact, how dare we not? 

This is our charge, our mission in this life.  All of us are called in one way or other to take part.  So let us use our time well on this side of life, in whatever quantity it is given, that we may experience its fullness on the other!


Let’s go Phillies!


In His Love,

Fr. Mike