I am contributing to the January priest shortage this year. Four of my priest friends and I are holed up in the desert of Arizona for a week. French author Antoine de Saint-Exupéry once wrote, “What makes the desert beautiful is that somewhere it hides a well.” I hope to find that beautiful well and to drink from it deeply.
May God strengthen and renew us all as we begin again a new year. We made it to 2015. This is the year that was the setting for the movie “Back to the Future II.” In the movie, Marty McFly travels into the future from the year 1989 to the year 2015. The movie imagined that by now we would all travel by hover-boards or flying cars. We would have robots to walk our dogs. We would have dinner ready in 25 seconds simply by putting a dehydrated pizza in our re-hydrator machine.
It just goes to show that nobody knows for sure what the future holds. The best we can do is to be faithful to God and to strive for greater glory. When we do that, God promises that “all things work for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose” (Rom. 8:28).
The Super Bowl is in Arizona this year. I will be out of the desert long before that. I will be back home with you and together we will be setting our hearts on loftier goals.
Pray for your parish. Bring your best to God here. There can never be robot-Catholics or robot-priests. It takes flesh and blood, hearts, minds, and spirits.
Here’s to good things to come!