We had a retired priest fill-in for our pastor. He is a regular fill-in and we all love him. His joy in the Lord is evident, he has no fear in expressing his love and devotion to the Lord. He is very special. I wish everyone could meet a priest like him. His message today sounds downbeat – repent – but he wasn’t downbeat at all. Like a brother he gently nudged us to reflect, to make the changes we promised at the beginning of Lent. He reminded us that God was Love, and that we could trust. He reminded us to go toward the Light by moving past the darkness.
So when, I get down on priests I don’t know who write blogs and columns that annoy me, I must remember Fr. and his joy. Perhaps if I met these others, the same joy radiates from them, perhaps I am missing their point of view because of my own attitude toward them. Perhaps I need to meet them halfway. Perhaps – that is the path to the light?
I’m going to post today’s very familiar Gospel as my prayer – spreading the Good News!
Gospel Jn 3:14-21 (taken directly from here)
Jesus said to Nicodemus:
“Just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert,
so must the Son of Man be lifted up,
so that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.”
For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son,
so that everyone who believes in him might not perish
but might have eternal life.
For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world,
but that the world might be saved through him.
Whoever believes in him will not be condemned,
but whoever does not believe has already been condemned,
because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.
And this is the verdict,
that the light came into the world,
but people preferred darkness to light,
because their works were evil.
For everyone who does wicked things hates the light
and does not come toward the light,
so that his works might not be exposed.
But whoever lives the truth comes to the light,
so that his works may be clearly seen as done in God.