I had the privilege of preaching at two of the Masses last weekend at Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Fort Collins, Colorado. I served as a deacon this weekend at those same two Masses. I sat near the entrance of the main doors into the body of the church and quietly prayed and greeted people as they arrived for Mass. I was touched immensely by the outpouring of gratitude that people shared because of my homily last weekend. I gave my testimony during the homily last weekend, and this weekend the people gave me theirs. Wow!
There are times that I am simply overwhelmed at God's grace and mercy. I have no idea why God chooses to use me as an instrument of His peace and healing. Multiple people said to me this weekend, "You have a gift." These are words I have heard many times during my 22 years of ordained ministry. When I look in the mirror, I see a frail human being struggling on this pilgrimage of faith. The gift is certainly that. It is a gift. If my words touch your heart in a profound and positive way when I preach or teach, it is a gift of the Holy Spirit given to you and for you. Please pray that I always stay focused on Christ so I can be a faithful servant leader.
Blessings to all of the fathers on this Father's Day! If this day is a challenge for you because of life's circumstances, please know of my prayers for you.
Men, I invite you to be models of holiness for your family. The world needs your faithful witness.