3.21.2008

Good Friday


You chose the cross with every breath,
The perfect life, the perfect death:
You chose the cross
A crown of thorns You wore for us,
And crowned us with eternal life:
You chose the cross
And though Your soul was overwhelmed with pain,
Obedient to death You overcame.

I'm lost in wonder, I'm lost in love,
I'm lost in praise for evermore
Because of Jesus' unfailing love
I am forgiven, I am restored.

You loosed the cords of sinfulness
And broke the chains of my disgrace:
You chose the cross.
Up from the grave victorious
You rose again so glorious:
You chose the cross
The sorrow that surrounded you was mine,
Yet not my will but Yours be done You cried.

3.20.2008

Maudy Thursday


Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed, and broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said, "Take, eat; this is my body." And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, saying, "Drink of it, all of you; for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. I tell you I shall not drink again of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father's kingdom" Matthew 26:26-29

3.03.2008

Past, Present and Future

As I mentioned some time ago, the Diocese of Allentown is going through a time of consolidation and restructuring of our parishes. It is a hard thing to go through for a bishop, priests or the laypeople in general. But it is a necessity. Small parishes do not receive the maximum benefit of a larger community. One could argue that smaller parishes are more intimate, homey and comfortable. However, Jesus told His disciples to "go out" into the world preaching the good news and "baptize all nations". Staying in our smaller world does not lead us to where the Lord wants us. Please pray for the people who are effected by the decisions of restructuring and consolidation. Jesus is calling us to be one big family rooted in love.

As a priest I pray that I can lead others move beyond the comfortable walls that shelter them in order to embrace a life in service and charity. I know of some of my brother priests live out their ministry with little change. The "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" mentality doesn't reflect a life in renewal and Christ. It seems that they live in the yesterday, and when crises hits they respond in today, but when the calmness of the situation occurs they revert once again to yesterday. Jesus does not surround Himself with the mundane or ordinary, rather He constantly strives to motive us to grow in the Spirit, reaching out to others.

Looking at only the PAST invites no growth. Looking at only the PRESENT hides learning and hinders hope. Looking only at the FUTURE neglects preparedness for tomorrow. A balance of all three seems to be the ingredients for the perfect life. If only we do so with more trust in Him.