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…but then he became extraordinary

A word from Fr. Bob


Dear Church Family,

I want to make the case today that we are all ordinary people but can do extraordinary things in just ordinary ways. Why do I make such a big deal out of this as we begin Ordinary Time in the church year? It is to tell us even though we are ordinary, each of us is called by God. Certainly, Isaiah and Paul were ordinary for quite a while until God gave them a commission. Maybe we don’t feel we have a commission.

John the Baptist was ordinary, simple, of the regular folks, but then he became extraordinary. I make a lot out of this because I want to challenge each of us to see that we are special in the Lord’s eyes and heart. He wants us to respond as ordinary people but because of the great feelings of love we have for the Lord in our heart that makes us extraordinary. Maybe I am making a big deal out of this, but my message to you today is to celebrate you being “ordinary”. Then, because of your great love in so many ways starting with the Lord in good relationships and then in expanding relationships that you really have a heart to love Him and to love all those that you are in relationship with and extending that ordinary person to all the people that you can make contact with. Celebrate that today! Alleluia!

P.S.  The United States takes a holiday to celebrate Martin Luther King’s birthday. This famous civil rights leader once made a speech in which he said, “I have a dream….”  He dreamed of a world where there would be justice for black people and no more prejudice, a world where ALL people would work together to help each other.  Wouldn’t that be a great world to live in?  Think about what the word “prejudice” means and what people could do to get rid of it.  I hope to see you at the St. Louis Cathedral this afternoon. God really strengthens you all. Amen!

Love, Fr. Bob


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