From the Pastor's Desk ~ May 12 - 13, 2018

May 11, 2018

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My Dear Parish Family,

The priestly prayer of Christ, which concludes John’s Last Supper discourse and which we hear this Sunday in the Gospel, hovers over us now as the Spirit hovers over us at Pentecost. The blessings for which Jesus prays form the foundation of the missionary activity about to begin. We do not set off to continue Jesus’ ministry on our own and without assistance, we receive the Holy Spirit and thus are assured of receiving the blessings for which Jesus prays. We take up Jesus’ ministry and are his risen presence in the world today. But just as Jesus’ ministry was not without tensions and difficulties, neither will ours be.

In this Gospel Jesus prays that his Father consecrate the disciples – and us – to be his continuing presence in the world. We cannot avoid the tension this consecration fosters: we will be at odds with the world, but one with each other; we will be hated by the world, but share in the joy of Christ; we will be confronted by the evil one, but be protected from the evil one. In the midst of this tension we are assured of Jesus’ prayer and protection.

In Christ’s Peace,

Fr. Walter