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This weekend and last, I've had joyful pleasure of reconnecting with some old friends.
Just a week ago Mike and Judy, from Maryland, were in Boston celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary and came to Sunday morning Mass here at Holy Family. And today, Dick and Mary, driving cross country from their California home to visit their Massachusetts families, were in Concord for Mass on the Lord's Day.
I've known Judy and Mike for some 30 years and Dick and I were high school classmates ('65) but I've only seen these folks for a few brief moments over the intervening decades. It's a gift to be with people you've not seen for ages but with whom you still have the capacity to "pick up where you left off" -- allowing, of course, for catching up on details larger and smaller.
I shared with both couples what a joy it is for me when old friends and family members are here in my parish for Mass. Were I to visit these couples where they live they'd want to show me their home, have me meet their extended family and have dinner at their dining room table. Well, it's a little different for a priest. I'm not a cook and I'd need to do some serious clearing of table tops in order for anyone to sit down for a meal in my house. And my family consists of some 1,300 households! But that's fine with me because the place and the people I most want to share with visiting family and friends, the home and the people I want them to see and meet, are at church, at Sunday Eucharist at the Lord's Table. Mass on the Lord's Day is the most important part of my week and to share that prayer and experience with people I love but don't often see is one of the joys of my life and of my ministry.
When I'm standing at the altar and see friends from the past across the table, it's as though a thread is drawn through all the years and pulled just tight enough to connect me not only with the good old days but with all the years that have passed since then. With Mike and Judy I found myself reconnected with my nine years at St. Ann University Parish and campus ministry at Northeastern University and Emerson College. With Dick and Mary I found myself reconnected to those high school days when thoughts of being a priest first stirred in my heart.
In something of the same manner, there are times when I'm preparing the gifts at the altar or praying Jesus' words when I sense myself and the people I'm praying with connected with two millennia of Christians gathered at the Lord's Table to do what Christ asked of us on the night before he died...
It's a joy to see how God's grace has traced the path I've walked since my own youth and how that path follows the road trod by centuries of believers...
The pleasure of having such visitors two weekends in a row was a gift of God and an opportunity for me to share with them, and now with you, what's in my heart of hearts. Praise God from whom all blessings flow!
Mike and Judy, Dick and Mary - thanks so much for your visit: you made my day!
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