May 14, 2019
Just a word about parking lot safety! At both St. Ann and Sacred Heart, the end of the school year and beginning of summer vacation signals less attention to pedestrians or bicyclers in parking lots. I have seen drivers at both locations drive through parking lots at a high rate of speed assuming there are no children. This is especially true at Sacred Heart for those dodging the light at the corner of Nilles and River by driving behind the school at a high rate of speed. This is very dangerous for pedestrians, geese, and old priests. Whether driving at St. Ann or Sacred Heart, do not assume summer means empty parking lots. Caution is apropos year around.
Reflection on Scripture
“Love one another as I have loved you.” By these words, Jesus establishes what Avery Dulles calls the “Servant Model of Church.” The identifying characteristic of Christian behavior must be “agape” love. In this case, “love” may not mean “like.” Rather, it is a spiritual and intellectual all-encompassing commitment to see Jesus Christ present in every other human being. It demands an ontological change. Your greatest joy must be service to the other; not because you always like the other person (after all “like” is purely an emotion; a feeling). No, to love one another is to act in the person of Jesus Christ; to be consumed by love of God. It is not quantifiable or proportional, as it exists only in the absolute. I must shed my old self in baptism and put on the new existence in Christ through the Most Holy Eucharist.
This complete change can therefore be evangelical and unveiling. As we cannot fully comprehend the magnificence of God; so we should only be able to witness the transformative love of Jesus in the faithful, not fully understand it. The words in the rite of ordination for Deacons: “Believe what you read. Teach what you believe. And practice what you teach.” The surest way you know you are living the message is when people cannot fathom what you have become by the grace of God. What the world cannot comprehend is basic to God.
Bishop Fulton Sheen used to tell the story of the young nun working with the lepers. He said the man unloading supplies said to the nun, “I would not do what you do for a million dollars.” She looked at him and said, “Neither would I.”
Next Weekend: Sixth Sunday of Easter
Acts 15:1-2, 22-29
Rev 21:10-14, 22-23