Dear Family and Friends,
Last week I had a wonderful visit with my family back in Missouri. The highlight for me was standing on the other side of the altar at the parish where I was baptized, received my first holy communion, and received my calling: Saint Mary Magdalen in Brentwood. Father Jack Siefert, the Pastor, graciously asked me to assist as deacon at mass and give the homily. It was quite overwhelming – this is the same place where I learned how to be an altar boy way back when (taught by Deacon Lee, who’s still there faithful as ever!). Lots has changed, but the same joyful welcoming spirit pervades the parish, and it’s still the perfect place to pray. After mass, Father Jack organized a brunch in the parish hall, and I got a chance to meet many old friends. It was a joyful Sunday for all of us.
I spent the rest of the time with my family, just visiting with my mom and dad and aunts and uncles and brothers and sisters and nieces and nephews. We had a blast! Here are some photos.
Being a deacon is as great as ever. It kind of feels like walking in Jesus’ shoes a little – your relations with everyone are changed. Yesterday I got a haircut and the stylist poured out the story of all her woes. Seemed to me a bit like Jesus meeting the Samaritan woman at the well. People really trust you, and it’s not because of you, it’s because you represent Someone else. It’s tough getting my head around that!
You all are in my prayers, enjoy the rest of this beautiful summer!