From the desk of Fr Stephen May 17, 2020

From the desk of Fr Stephen

In today’s Gospel reading Jesus reminds us that He is the way, truth, and life.  This is really important for us to hear.  If we want to live a life devoted to Christ, we must learn to walk in his ways.  One of my favorite movies is called Kelly’s Heroes.  The main character is played by Clint Eastwood.  It is set during World War II.  A group of US soldiers decide they are going to steal some money and gold bars from a German bank.  At one point, they are going through a field where one of the men steps on a landmine.  The other men are frightened because any step they take could also be on a mine.  They are very careful about how they proceed the rest of the way through the field.  One of the men is further along in the field than the others and so they all eventually make it over to his footsteps and follow them the rest of the way out of the field.  It is by following in his footsteps, literally, that they escape unharmed.

Jesus Christ is inviting us to follow in His footsteps in just the same way.  Our world is full of landmines trying to blow us up.  The harm does not affect our bodies, but rather our souls.  To the extent that we give ourselves over to all that the world has to offer, we are not following in the steps of Our Lord Jesus Christ; this is an important concept.  The world offers us all kinds of ways to try and distract us from the direction of Christ, and it is only by keeping our eyes intently fixed on walking in his footsteps that we can escape unharmed.  Jesus is the way, truth, and life.  If we believe this, we will do everything in our life possible to follow in his footsteps.

I hope everyone is doing well at home as things begin to open up around us.  I mentioned at Mass this past weekend, and reminding us again today, that we are not sure when we are going to open up the church officially; but when we do, things are going to be different for a while.  We are not going to be able to just jump back into where we were before.  There will have to be designated seating positions making sure we give each other the space we need.  I know this is going to be hard for everyone because we are used to being huggers, but at least, for the time being, we still have to keep our distance for everyone to stay healthy.

I hope everyone has a good week and I am looking forward to when we can all be together again—God’s peace.