Have you ever been called crazy? The kids in school call me crazy all the time. My family and friends do too. Usually this label is justified, for I act like a goof.
But I have been called crazy once or twice by a stranger or distant acquaintance. The individual is curious why I am a priest. How could I give up so much and devote my life to such a strange calling?
I'll admit, sometimes when I step back, I see it as crazy, being a priest and pastor, that is. I think, Man, God, how did you make all this happen?
But I don't have regrets, for I love being a priest. I love being a disciple of Jesus Christ. Following Christ and being a Catholic is, in many ways, counter-cultural. It raises eyebrows or prompts jokes. But it’s so fulfilling. Jesus was called crazy too. His family said, “He is out of his mind” (Mk 3:21).
Jesus wasn't out of his mind. He was the person most in possession of his mind, in fact, in the history of the world. Jesus wasn't crazy. He was incredibly sane. He knew what mattered. He knew the truth of things. He followed the truth.
Look at the passage from St. Paul's second letter to the Corinthians. There's a lot of good stuff in there. Paul speaks of the inner self versus the outer self (cf. 2 Cor 4:16). The inner self is what truly matters. This is who you truly are, below all the superficial and external appearances. Living in the inner self will bring you fulfillment. It's no coincidence that living according to the inner self often aligns with what it means to be a Catholic.
I hope people think you're crazy for being a Catholic. I hope people find you weird because you pray daily, go to Church on Sunday when you could be doing anything else, discipline yourself and follow the moral code. Don't let it bother you if people say you're out of your mind. It's not your problem, it's theirs.
Take solace in Paul's last words from the second reading: “For we know that if our earthly dwelling, a tent, should be destroyed, we have a building from God, a dwelling not made with hands, eternal in heaven.”
The First Responders Appreciation Mass is this Sunday at 11am. Thank you to all of our police, fire, paramedics, and everyone else who serves our community. I pray for you daily and may St. Michael the Archangel protect you and your families. Thank you to Megan Aylward for helping organizing the pipers and honor guard for the Mass.
Teen Ministry is this Sunday at 5pm. All teens are welcome to assist at the Mass as an EM, lector, or usher, and then welcome over to the gym afterwards for conversation and social.
The Cancer Support Group has its end of the year party on Tuesday, June 12th. This is a wonderful support group of our parish and I'm grateful to Christina Pusateri for her leadership of the group.
There is a special collection this weekend: the Fund for Retired Priests. Thank you for your support of the retired clergy, particularly our own, Fr. Roger!
School is out! Once again, congratulations on a successful year. We wish all the best to the teachers who will be moving on, especially to Mrs. Sharon List, who is retiring after many years of service.
With the end of the school year, we have begun construction on the courtyard project, particularly the installation of the elevator. I will keep you posted on the progress.