I am at our San Diego Priest Convocation as I write this lines from Lawrence Welk Resort in Escondido. I am always humbled when I get around the guys because I see my fellow priests who have given their lives so radically for the Eucharist and you! I watch priests who have been serving 50-60+ years and are having a difficult time walking, hearing, and seeing. Some, and not only the elderly, have Parkinson’s and MS but they are here giving shining witness to Christ. I am inspired and reminded that both you and I are called to 1. Glorify God in all things and 2. Work for the good and salvation of others.
I have missed being able to experience the brotherhood of priests as it has been two years since we have gathered together as one. So many great men and stories! And priesthood is such a unique way of life it is good to connect with others who “get” you.
Trivia time. What percentage of parishes in the USA do not have a pastor? 20%! Now, I know a lot of the priest-less parishes are in the Midwest but things are getting tighter here in San Diego. We have many priests who are getting close to retirement and only 14 men in the college and theology pipeline preparing for priesthood. Pray!
For the next 4-6 weeks beginning this Sunday we are going to pray about how we can come into a more meaningful, loving and joyful relationship with Jesus in the Holy Eucharist. The homilies will focus on Jesus in the Holy Mass and Holy Eucharist. I hope this will lead us to knowing the Real Presence of Jesus as we celebrate the liturgy together in our community. May our study, prayer and contemplation lead us to HIM who has given his life for us all.
Jesus could not love you more than He loves you in the Eucharist,