When we read the Biblical lessons of this weekend we cannot but help be impressed with how God worked miracles for Elijah and great prophet in granting healing to the widow’s son. We are equally impressed with the compassionate heart of Jesus who stops a funeral procession to raise the only son of a widowed woman. Reading these accounts many of us wish we could have been present or wish that Jesus were still among us in order to touch us as well. The beauty of our faith is that Jesus is indeed among us; walking beside us and living within the hearts of His disciples even now. On Pentecost and Trinity Sundays, in our different congregations, I invited persons who needed a “touch” from Jesus and His Spirit to come forward for a blessing. Just as it is every priest’s responsibility to call down the power of the Holy Spirit upon the gifts of bread and wine to transform them into the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus, I prayed and called down the power of the Holy Spirit into the lives of those gathered around the Altar of God; those seeking this special blessing. I’m aware that some in our congregation may have considered this too “Protestant.” But we are Catholics. We bless statues and religious articles, cars and boats, dogs and other animals, how much more should we bless our sisters and brothers in their need. Some of our separated brothers and sisters have emphasized this aspect of worship more than we but that doesn’t make such prayer in any way wrong or the exclusive right of one group or another. In fact many miracles occurred as we prayed; healings were experienced, strengthening was observed and consolation was received. Jesus, in His Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity is still walking among us. Blessed are those who can say “Amen” to this and receive His blessing. It is good to know and experience Jesus still walking among us as he did no very long ago.
FR. DANNIEL OGBEIFUN will be observing a time of vacation from June 6th for a few weeks, as he celebrates his first anniversary as a priest of Jesus Christ. We wish him safe travels, rest, and rejuvenation as he gathers with family and friends to proclaim the marvels of his ministry thus far.
WELCOME FR. ANDREW LAURICELLA, vocation director for our Diocese, who joins Fr. Ron for two weeks on our Ministry Team for our three parishes. We pray that through Fr. Andrew’s message many more may hear God’s call to join the ranks as Priests, Deacons, and Consecrated Women and Men throughout our diocese.