The Psalmist says, “How can I repay the Lord for all the good he has done for me? I will take up the cup of salvation and call upon the name of the Lord.” (Ps. 116:13).
July 17, 2016 I did take up the cup of salvation at Saint Benedict and did give thanks to the Lord for all the wonderful people whom I have encountered during these 40 years of priestly ministry, at our Lady of the Annunciation in Ladysmith, Saint Augustine, Saint John in Waynesboro, Saint Benedict, and most recently Sacred Heart at Ghent in Norfolk. So many people who have mediated to me that mystery of Christ among us of which Saint Paul speaks in Colossians 1:24-28.
On this anniversary of ordination my prayers are in thanksgiving for God’s goodness extended to me in the office of the priesthood. Saint Augustine states that a pastor who sets his heart on a position of eminence rather than an opportunity for service should realize he is no pastor at all. In another place Augustine states, for you I am a priest but with you, I am a Christian first. So being a Christian I too must render an account of my life at the end, and also being a priest I must render an account to God – an account of my priestly ministry, and to those words of Augustine, I add my own: Your lives will be the account that I render before the awesome judgment seat of Christ. And for that accounting I render thanks to God.