The church was hot as blazes! The homily was beautiful, the music joyful, and the party afterwards was filled with Catholics and Anglicans who were joyful to be together. Something amazing was happening in those moments together.
I've really been privileged as a priest. That's not to say that there haven't been difficulties. I'd have less to worry about perhaps if I won the Powerball. But, it is so awesome to be in a position where I constantly feel as though God is doing--yet again--something new. Anglican Ordinariate? What? Me? And yet, not because of any creativity on my part but because all of the right people happened to be in the same place at the same time, God is doing something great among us. Will there be growing pains? Sure. But God is doing something here among us.
Sound like bragging? It isn't. It is like Jesus just wants something beautiful to happen and so he keeps blessing us. It is not only here. The other night, I was at a cookout at the seminary and as I drove home, I thought about the priests with whom I have had the privilege of becoming friends. I'm surrounded by these awesome priests. They love God and they love the Church. I take a great pleasure in realizing that among my priestly friends, I am the least among them. I'm surrounded by great priests.
Are we perfect? Far from it. But, do I think that the Lord is doing something extraordinary among us? I've no doubt about that. For every little act of obedience we make to the Lord and to the Church, Jesus does something extraordinary for us. I'm surrounded by great lay people, seminarians, and priests. We are so awesomely blessed!
I want to say a bunch of other stuff, but it will sound like bragging. But it isn't! I mean it! I am boasting only in Christ. As the Gospel tonight said, "He has looked upon his lowly servant and from this day, all generations will call me blessed."
The bottom line is that I'm very blessed to be a priest who has been given everything and then some.