Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
August 7, 2016
“Faith is the realization of what is hoped for and evidence of things not seen.”
A staff member at my parish announced that she was resigning so that she could move her family to where her husband is now working—in fact, from Texas to Tennessee. I could see in her eyes the sorrow that comes from leaving a position she held for a decade as well as the bright expectation, as she expressed it, of “beginning a brand new adventure.”
Many of us have had the perfect job, with the perfect pastor, staff, and community, only to be uprooted to a new place, pastor, staff, and community that we aren’t so certain will be as wonderful. We answer yes, in a cloud of hesitation, and embrace the unknown like Abraham and Sarah—clueless about what lies before us, yet faithful to God’s call. And often we are surprised by the outcome. New experiences open us to new ideas about what our ministry calls us to be and do.
God of surprises,
when new opportunities present themselves,
give us the faith and courage to embrace the unknown.
St. Michael Catholic Church