In the gospel for this Sunday’s mass from Lk 9: 51-62, Jesus speaks of the challenging demands of discipleship. First, he says to one, “follow me” (v. 59), and then he makes it clear that following him is based on unconditional love; there is no room for distraction. The conditions for following Jesus are often harsh, but the rewards far outweigh the difficulties. Last Sunday’s Corpus Christi procession after the 10:30 am mass demonstrated following Jesus without counting the cost. Many of our faith-filled parishioners came to mass and walked to the historic church in the sun's heat. We prayed and sang as we carried Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament through the center of Elizabethtown. It was a joyful crowd and lovely sight to behold!
I want to say a big thank you to all of you for making it a beautiful witness to our faith in the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. Special thanks to those who prepared and participated in the liturgy: the choir, St. Michael’s Guard, altar servers, First Holy communicants, CCW, Men’s Club, Knights of Columbus, sacristan, and other liturgical support.
Let me also take a moment to express gratitude for all the cash support and kindness toward my vacation to Nigeria. I am writing this from JFK airport as I wait to board a Delta flight to Lagos. By the time you read this, I should have arrived in Nigeria a couple of days already and enjoyed special moments with my family and friends after a six-year hiatus. So keep me in your prayers as I do the same for you. I already miss you all.
Fr. Bernard, OP