June 26, 2005
13th Sunday in Ordinary Time
"Forever I will sing the goodness of the Lord"
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:
|10/31/2012||November 4, 2012 - Thirty First Sunday in Ordinary Time|
|10/24/2012||October 28, 2012-Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time|
|10/17/2012||October 21, 2012-Twenty Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time|
|02/29/2012||Second Sunday of Lent|
|01/18/2012||Third Sunday in Ordinary Time|
|08/17/2010||August 22, 2010|
|08/12/2010||Assumption of Mary|
The Birthday of the Church|
|05/29/2008||Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time|
|10/16/2006||29th Sunday in Ordinary Time|
|10/13/2006||28th Sunday in Ordinary Time|
|06/28/2006||Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time|
|01/23/2006||January 29th, 2006|
|01/16/2006||January 22nd, 2006|
|01/09/2006||January 15th, 2006|
|12/28/2005||New Years Day|
|11/21/2005||First Sunday of Advent|
|11/14/2005||Solemnity of Christ the King|
|11/09/2005||November 13, 2005|
|09/27/2005||October 2, 2005|
|09/19/2005||September 25, 2005|
|09/13/2005||September 18, 2005|
|09/05/2005||September 11, 2005|
|08/31/2005||September 4, 2005|
|07/11/2005||July 17, 2005|
|07/07/2005||July 10, 2005|
|07/06/2005||July 3, 2005|
|06/21/2005||June 26, 2005|
|06/14/2005||June 19th, 2005|
|05/23/2005||Feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ|
|05/16/2005||Holy Trinity Sunday|
|05/05/2005||May 8, 2005|
|04/26/2005||May 1st, 2005|
|04/18/2005||Fifth Sunday of Easter|
|04/11/2005||Fourth Sunday of Easter|
|04/06/2005||THIRD SUNDAY OF EASTER|
|04/06/2005||Divine Mercy Sunday|
|04/05/2005||Holy Thursday Homily|
|03/25/2005||The Passion of John|
|03/07/2005||FIFTH SUNDAY OF LENT|
|02/28/2005||Fourth Sunday of Lent|
|02/23/2005||Third Sunday of Lent|
|02/14/2005||Second Sunday of Lent|
|02/10/2005||First Sunday of Lent|
|01/31/2005||Feb. 6, 2005|
|01/24/2005||January 30th, 2005|
|01/17/2005||January 23, 2005|
|01/10/2005||January 16, 2005|
|01/05/2005||January 9th, 2005|
|01/02/2005||January 2, 2005|
|12/28/2004||Mary, Mother of God - Jan. 1st|
|12/26/2004||Feast of the Holy Family|
|12/13/2004||Fourth Sunday of Advent
Readings: Isaiah 7:10-14. Psalm 24: 1-6.
Romans 1:1-7. Matthew 1:18-24.|
|12/06/2004||Third Sunday of Advent
Readings: Isaiah 35:1-6a, 10. Psalm 146:6-10.
James 5:7-10. Matthew 11:2-11.
|12/01/2004||Second Sunday of Advent
Readings: Isaiah 11:1-10. Psalm 72, 1-2, 7-8, 12-13, 17.
Romans 15:4-9. Matthew 3: 1-12|
|11/29/2004||First Sunday of Advent
Readings: Isaiah 2:1-5. Psalm 122:1-9.
Romans 13:11-14. Matthew 24:37-44.|
|11/22/2004||The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ the King
2 Samuel 5:1-3, Psalm 122:1-5,
Colossians 1:12-20, Luke 23:35-43|