Pastor’s Reflection for August 2, 2015
This Tuesday, August 4, is the feast of St. John Vianney, who is the patron of parish priests. I had the wonderful experience of celebrating Mass at his parish in Ars, France using the chalice that he used when he celebrated Mass. We are in need of vocations. Because of the lack of priests, we now have one priest becoming pastor of more than one parish. In the past because I was the only priest running the parish, many of you asked, “why don’t you get some help,” or “why isn’t there another priest?” As the only priest, I was already living what is now a reality in the Archdiocese. There are not enough priests. We pray for the Lord to increase vocations to the priesthood. Without priests, there is no Eucharist.
This Thursday, we celebrate the feast of the Transfiguration. This is the feast of Jesus going up to Mount Tabor and having His divinity shine forth from His humanity. His clothes became dazzling white and He was seen talking with Moses and Elijah who represented the law and the prophets.
When people came in contact with Jesus, He appeared as a regular man. What was different about Him was His love and compassion to the outcasts of society. He worked mighty deeds with some even thinking that it was the devil working through Him. Who would dare think that it was God in human flesh? But it was. He revealed His divinity to Peter, James, and John on the mountain. In a way this is true with the Eucharist. We believe that the bread and wine become the body and blood of Jesus. It still looks like bread and tastes like wine. Who would believe that it is the flesh and blood of Jesus? But it is. We ourselves, through Baptism, are made children of God. Who would believe that we regular human beings, living normal lives, are children of God? But we are.
May we, like Jesus, have our own transfiguration. May we shine with lives of love and compassion so that we will show evidence that we have Jesus dwelling within us through His Holy Spirit. Simply put, let us live the reality of what we are: members of the family of God. Let us be imitators of our brother Jesus who shows us how to live in the ways of God’s family.
As a reminder, we will have the monthly Healing Mass this Wednesday, August 5, starting with the recitation of the rosary at 7:00 p.m.
I will be available for confession this week on Monday, August 3, from 6:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
May Jesus continue to shepherd you in all of your needs.
God love you,