You will be hated by all because of my name, but not a hair on your head will be destroyed.
By your perseverance you will secure your lives.
My Dear Friends in Christ,
Jesus reminds us that the work and life a disciple are difficult, filled with challenge, demanding perseverance. Most of all, the disciple needs to trust in God, that God will lead even and especially through storms and struggles. That relationship with and trust in God are at the heart of our stewardship, particularly of our financial resources which are most often the most difficult to balance. Even as Jesus reminds us of the difficulties we encounter, we know that God wants MORE FOR us THAN FROM us. When we do trust as we weather those storms, we can know the Presence of God and an abundance of blessings as well.
Special thanks to Jay Schill for sharing his story with us and for helping to share a practical way that we can offer proper stewardship. Thanks to him also for taking on leadership in sharing insights from Financial Peace University. Classes will begin on Monday, January 27, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. in the Moore Center. For those able, we’ll join together for our regularly scheduled 6:00 p.m. Mass as a way of asking God’s continued blessings on our efforts as we seek to understand the particulars of worshiping and trusting God with our finances. This is an exciting opportunity to build our relationship with and our trust in God.
My schedule is odd this week. On Monday, November 18, we’ll have a Communion Service in place of our usual Monday evening Mass. I’ll be in Baltimore with the Archbishop and the other priests of the Archdiocese as we celebrate Mass for our brother priests who died this past year. That Mass is followed by a dinner and recognition of service for those who have significant anniversaries of service. On Tuesday at Holy Family, there will be a Communion Service (No confessions or Mass) as I will be back in Baltimore for the regularly scheduled meeting of the Independent Review Board. This important group is tasked by the Archbishop in monitoring our efforts and actions for the protection of children and young adults from sexual abuse. I am grateful for the efforts of Archbishop Lori who works tirelessly to make sure we are doing everything we can to keep our kids safe. I will have our regularly scheduled Confessions and Mass on Wednesday at St. Mary’s. Then, on Wednesday evening, I leave for my monthly Emmaus group meeting that takes place on the third Thursday of the month. The group takes its name from the story in Luke’s Gospel (24:13-35) of the two disciples who, distraught at the death of Jesus, seek to accompany one another as they journey and encounter the Lord in their interaction. My Emmaus group is made up of brother priests who seek to accompany and sustain one another in our lives and service as priests. These brothers are a sounding board, lightening rod, calming influence, activity inspiring guide for me, an essential and invaluable support to me as I seek to serve you. I’ll be off on Friday (actually, I’m a little off every day!) so we’ll have a Communion Service then as well and we get back to a regular liturgical schedule on Saturday. Normally, these events don’t come at the same time, so they don’t usually cause such an interruption in my week or in the schedule.
Please pray for me and for my brother priests. Thanks for those prayers and for your patience.