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June 26, 2005

13th Sunday in Ordinary Time

"Forever I will sing the goodness of the Lord"
Psalm 89

Readings: 2 Kings 4:8-11, 14-16a, Psalm 89, Romans 6: 3-4, 8-11,
Matthew 10: 37-42

Over and over again, I, as a priest, am invited into people’s homes or to special family occasions. I am always received with joy and welcome, even to the point of feeling like a member of the family that has invited me, much like the prophet Elisha in today’s first readings. What a special gift this is to me from the many families who have invited me to be a part of their lives.
In the gospel, we hear Jesus speak of those called to separate themselves from father and mother, children, any desire for the family life. This is a passage that is often used to reflect on the gift of celibacy within the Church. There is another passage like it: Jesus says to his disciples, “Everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands, for my name’s sake, will receive a hundredfold, and inherit eternal life” (Matthew 19:29). The way that people receive their priests into the most intimate moments of their lives, baptisms, weddings, sicknesses, funerals, proves the words of Jesus to be true. While the priests of St. Peter’s do not have biological children of their own, there is a parish family here of over 5,000 people who call your priests “Father.” The Lord has rewarded us richly for the sacrifice made in celibacy.
The celibate lifestyle, whether lived in the lay state, or as a member of religious community as a sister or brother, or as a priest, is far from an empty experience. It is rich in love and happiness and peace. So many, however, are not open to the vocation, either for themselves, or perhaps parents who are closed-minded concerning their children, because they think that the celibate lifestyle will leave them or their children unbalanced and unhappy. This is the furthest thing from the truth. A secular study has recently proven that priests have one of the highest job satisfaction rates of any career. Perhaps this is because it is not so much a “career” as it is a gift from God.

Are we open to following the Lord’s call, even if it seems to mean sacrificing something we might want? Are we open to supporting the Lord’s call in our children, in our family, and among our friends?

List of all Reflections:

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02/11/2014Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time
01/29/2014Presentation of the Lord
01/22/2014Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
01/15/2014Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
01/09/2014The Baptism of the Lord
12/11/2013Third Sunday in Advent
10/30/2013October 6, 2013
10/23/2013October 27, 2013
10/16/2013October 20, 2013
10/09/2013October 13, 2013
09/23/2013September 29, 2013
08/21/2013August 25, 2013 - 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time
10/31/2012November 4, 2012 - Thirty First Sunday in Ordinary Time
10/24/2012October 28, 2012-Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time
10/17/2012October 21, 2012-Twenty Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time
02/29/2012Second Sunday of Lent
01/18/2012Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
08/24/2010August 29th
08/17/2010August 22, 2010
08/12/2010Assumption of Mary
05/25/2009Pentecost The Birthday of the Church
05/29/2008Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time
10/16/200629th Sunday in Ordinary Time
10/13/200628th Sunday in Ordinary Time
06/28/2006Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
01/23/2006January 29th, 2006
01/16/2006January 22nd, 2006
01/09/2006January 15th, 2006
12/28/2005New Years Day
11/21/2005First Sunday of Advent
11/14/2005Solemnity of Christ the King
11/09/2005November 13, 2005
09/27/2005October 2, 2005
09/19/2005September 25, 2005
09/13/2005September 18, 2005
09/05/2005September 11, 2005
08/31/2005September 4, 2005
07/11/2005July 17, 2005
07/07/2005July 10, 2005
07/06/2005July 3, 2005
06/21/2005June 26, 2005
06/14/2005June 19th, 2005
05/23/2005Feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ
05/16/2005Holy Trinity Sunday
05/05/2005May 8, 2005
04/26/2005May 1st, 2005
04/18/2005Fifth Sunday of Easter
04/11/2005Fourth Sunday of Easter
04/06/2005Divine Mercy Sunday
04/05/2005Holy Thursday Homily
03/25/2005The Passion of John
03/14/2005PALM SUNDAY
02/28/2005Fourth Sunday of Lent
02/23/2005Third Sunday of Lent
02/14/2005Second Sunday of Lent
02/10/2005First Sunday of Lent
02/07/2005Ash Wednesday
01/31/2005Feb. 6, 2005
01/24/2005January 30th, 2005
01/17/2005January 23, 2005
01/10/2005January 16, 2005
01/05/2005January 9th, 2005
01/02/2005January 2, 2005
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