If I had to pick one thing that I’ve learned from all of my education that has most impacted me, it would be the focus on the humanity of Jesus. It’s easy to believe that Jesus is God; we have almost 2000 years of collective memory that tells us so. It’s much harder for me to grasp his humanity. To think that God would want to come and be part of this simultaneously complex, beautiful, messy, messed-up, and sinful world is hard to conceive. Yet, that is what our faith tells us. And even more incredible is that both Jesus and Paul tell us that we, too, are God’s children, and Jesus is our brother. It is so easy for me to say that I believe it, and much harder to live it.
In this weekend’s readings, Moses tells the people that God will raise up a prophet from among their own kin. And in the gospel passage, Mark lets us know that the unclean spirits are the ones who recognize Jesus’ uniqueness. The people just saw another person; it is hard, sometimes, to recognize specialness in your own kin, in another person like yourself. We want God to be different, but sometimes God is hidden right here among us, even among our own kin.
On a different note, I want to let you know that Citizenship and Immigration Canada has now granted me permanent residence! It’s nice to know that I’ll be able to stick around and be a part of this community without the worry of my visa running out. In another couple of years I will be eligible to apply for citizenship.
And, I am very pleased to announce that the Basilian Fathers have appointed Steven Huber, CSB, to Assumption parish for his diaconate year. Steven is currently a Basilian seminarian, and will be ordained deacon on May 12. He will be joining us this July for approximately one year, and will most likely be ordained to the priesthood in the spring of 2019. I think it will be a privilege for all of us to be a part of his formation. I hope he will come visit us sometime before the summer. In the meantime, I invite you to support him with your prayer.