First of all my sincerest congratulations to our newly ordained Deacons – Deacon Dustin Duncan and Deacon Matthew Brend. I am so proud of both of you and of your commitment to serve the Church here in the Diocese of Colorado Springs. You are now part of a line of really great deacons who have faithfully served our Diocese. Deacons like Deacon Ken Huard, Deacon Bob Hunter, Deacon George Linehan who are now with God and are at peace. You serve with phenomenal deacons like Deacon Tom Liotta, Deacon Ed DeMattee and Deacon Jacob Shafer. I am so proud of all of them. How blessed I am to have had the privilege to work with such great deacons throughout all of my 20 years of being a priest. Our Deacons are truly the hands, heart and feet of Christ!
This weekend we are in the 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time. While sometimes we long for the “extraordinary” times as we live our lives, may I remind all – including myself – that it is in the ordinary events of our lives, the ordinary encounters with people, the ordinary care that we give to others – that the Lord is truly at work. In the fire service – it is the ordinary calls that we roll out on – that God is at work and that we make a difference in the lives of others. For a priest – it is in the ordinary events of the day that we can truly mirror the love of Christ. I am always amazed at how God puts us providentially in the right place at the right time during the ordinary administration of our duties. I pray that during this very long season of ordinary time that we do not become discouraged and long for the extraordinary. That we truly work each day in the “ordinariness” of the world. Each of us can make a remarkable difference in this very fractured world by doing ordinary things with great love. As Mother Teresa said, “Do small things with great love!”
Remember that God is at work in the ordinary events of our lives!