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Friday, May 14, 2021
From the Desk of Fr. Ron…….
It is often said that a good leader is one who, right from the start, begins to think about and actively seek a plan of succession for his/her leadership. Even in family life this is played out especially in regard to leading a family business. This idea, of a plan of succession, plays an important role in the lessons from the Holy Scripture assigned for this weekend.
In the Gospel proclamation from St. John, we peer, as it were, into a window and see Jesus at the last supper when He prays for those He will soon leave. His love and care for His disciples is very apparent. He pleads with the Father for them that they be protected. He offers His life for them by His act of consecration in His prayer often called His “priestly prayer.” Jesus pleads for their protection from the evil one.
In the first lesson from the Acts of the Apostles, the Holy Spirit is in an active role as the Eleven discern the need to replace Judas who betrayed Jesus and the reestablish the integrity of “The Twelve.” Two names of persons are brought forward for their selection. After much prayer and commendation to the will of God, Matthias is selected.
Both of these lessons from the scriptures promote a succession plan which is aided by God’s will through the workings of God’s Holy Spirit. Both of these lessons alert us to the value of consultation with our Heavenly Father before making major decisions in our own lives. Jesus pledged to us that He would never leave us alone. The Holy Spirit is the gift that proceeds from the Father and the Son. God the Holy Spirit is the one who is there to assist us constantly in our desire to discern God’s will in every circumstance.
Do you invite God the Holy Spirit into your life situations when such important decisions need to be made?
A PROFOUND THANK YOU to all our parishioners, staff, family, and friends who made the celebration of my twenty-fifth anniversary as a priest so very memorable. I shy away from big celebrations but the support, kindness, and love I felt these past weeks has been much appreciated. I now know how Babba Noel or Santa Claus feels when he gets so many letters to open. God’s blessings be with you all……. Fr. Ron
CONGRATULATIONS AND THANK YOU DEACON JOHN LEO ODUOR Deacon John Leo Oduor concluded his ministry with us at Nativity last weekend. Deacon John Leo, originally from Kenya, East Africa will be ordained a priest in and for the Diocese of Syracuse on Saturday, June 5th 2021. Congratulations soon to be Fr. John Leo and thank you for sharing your journey to the Holy Priesthood with us all here at Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary.