Thank you once again for all your prayers, I am back and it is good to be back. Spending some time away from “work” is like a retreat for me where I encounter our Lord in a different way than the normal encounter I have with Him in the daily ministry that I have as a pastor. The life of a priest is always a life at “work” in the sense that we never really let go of our ministry and we never stop being who we are just because we are not in our parish community – in that sense we never really stop working. But being away from the parish community gives us the opportunity to do a different kind of work or a different kind of witnessing. I was reminded that just because I am in a place where people do not know that I am a priest, does not give me the permission to stop acting like a priest and I have to admit that it can be very challenging. I found refuge and strength in prayers and I am grateful that I was given permission to regularly celebrate the Mass in the local parish community where I grew up.
We face this challenge every day – just because people do not know that we are Christians, especially in an environment that is not very Christian, does not give us permission to stop acting like Christians. Let us always remember that as Christians, we never stop being witnesses of Jesus Christ no matter where we are and who the people around us are. Let us be vigilant in being good witnesses of our Lord. This is not easy and we can never do it on our own abilities so let us find refuge and strength in prayers and the Eucharist – the food of our souls.
As you continue on with your summer activities, be reminded to continue with your spiritual activities as well – so please, wherever you are and whatever activities you have planned for the summer, constantly pray and receive Jesus in the Eucharist. May God bless you all.
In Christ, Fr. Maro