You Provide

by Fr. Jeff

Today I begin to serve St. Henry Catholic Church as pastor. It’s my first pastorate, and that’s not to mention my new assignment as Director of Vocations. The schedule for the day was light: unpack boxes in the office and serve Benediction at 5pm. I wasn’t scheduled for daily Mass because the schedule is lighter in July.

I told the crowd of 5 after I finished Benediction that I simply couldn’t begin to be a pastor without celebrating Mass. They accepted my invitation to stay. I was a bit surprised when I exited the sacristy in my vestments. My crowd of 5 had grown to 10. By the time we finished the penitential rite, we were 12.

I expected 0; You provided 12. Perhaps this is the lesson You are teaching me about being a pastor,

You provide.