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.