Tuesday of the 18th Week Ordinary Time
Jeremiah 30:1-2, 12-15, 18-22
St. John Vianney
Today is a good day to celebrate priesthood as St. John Vianney is the patron saint of parish priests. He worked hard in school but was still a poor student. He did not receive any primary education, and he struggled with his studies and especially with learning Latin. He was the last in his class to be ordained, and so he was assigned to the smallest village in France where he would do the least damage. This did not discourage him as he never lost his faith as he committed himself to prayer and fasting. His pastoral plan for the parish was to have every single person from town to attend Mass every Sunday. He set out to make this happen by getting to know everyone personally in the town. He is quoted as saying, “True happiness can only be obtained through prayer and love.” He attracted large crowds by his short, simple teachings and preaching, and he was known as a great confessor. He truly is my hero!
I love being a priest as I have never been so happy in my life, and our readings speak well for us today.
In our first reading from the prophet Jerimiah, there is a big twist to our reading. The first part of the reading is God bringing condemnation on His people because of their sinfulness. However, the second half is all about God showering down his mercy upon his people. May we show mercy today!
In our Gospel, Peter is brave as he begins to walk on water out to Jesus. When the waves begin to get larger, Peter becomes afraid, and when he sinks, Jesus is there to take him by the hand and raise him. When things become hard in our life, may we know the loving embrace of God?
My friends in Christ, may we show mercy and knowledge of the loving embrace of God.