Tuesday, April 29, 2008

The Priest: a Messenger of Joy.

I enjoyed this from Pope Benedict`s homily at the ordinations to the priesthood at the weekend. It is easy to be demoralised but this helps to focus the mind. From VIS

Benedict XVI examined the first reading, the passage in the Acts of the Apostles narrating the persecution in Jerusalem against the first Christian converts, the scattering of the disciples including Philip's flight to Samaria, and his preaching being welcomed there "with great joy".

"Bringing the Gospel to everyone, that everyone may experience the joy of Christ and that there may be great joy in every city; what could be more beautiful than this? What could be greater? What could create greater enthusiasm than helping to spread the Word of Life throughout the world, than communicating the living water of the Holy Spirit? Announcing and bearing witness to this joy: this is the very heart of your mission", said the Pope to the ordinands.

"These are elemental words for all priests", he told them. "To collaborate in other people's joy - in an often sad and negative world - the fire of the Gospel must burn within each of you, the joy of the Lord must live in you. Only then will you be able to convey and multiply this joy, bringing it to everyone, especially those who are sad and disillusioned".


Volpius Leonius said...

Father I have a list of places where people can attend Mass for Ascension Thursday in our diocese on my blog, I hope you don't mind if I post a link here:

Mass for Ascension Thursday

Fr Michael Brown said...

I wish I knew how to put a link in a comment! That`s ok, although strictly these are votive Masses of the Ascension given what appears to be the latest from ecclesia Dei. I`m not saying anything about it until we see the original text.

Anonymous said...

We are blessed with wonderful priests..

Volpius Leonius said...

How to post links