To launch my second weekend in the parish, it hit me: God gathers! That is what the Christian community is all about – a communion with God as we commune with each other. Through the waters of baptism we are adopted, not in the legal and formal sense, but in a real and paternal manner. Through Christ and in His Spirit, we become sons and daughters of the Father (Romans 8.15). God the Father nourishes, teaches, inspires, and challenges his children through the life of the Church.
This past Saturday, I joined the people of San Jose in giving thanks to God for the priestly ministry of Bishop Thomas A. Daly, my former Vocation Director. It is inspiring to see how one who is committed to Jesus continues to have a deep joy in his vocation.
Aren’t we all called to a deep and lasting joy? When we listen carefully to God’s will for our lives, we are moved to a real love, a real communion with each other. We understand our purpose and our responsibility to change the world as all of creation groans to be conformed to Christ (Romans 8.26).
Yes. God gathers. Trixie, Donmig, and Nico – we began once as students and teacher. Now, we are a God-family. And this family continues to grow – for Christ – standing for the values of the Gospel in our day.