The following two days extolled the goodness of the Lord even more as parishioners of Sefton, visitors and the Oblates were giving thanks for Fr George’s 50 years of priestly ministry. Dear Father George didn’t draw any attention to himself but continued drawing our attention to the Lord Jesus who sustained him in his priestly vocation and to many people he has met during those 50 years. As I listened to his words I could think that he did nothing for others as he kept sharing how much the people, he met as a priest, have shaped him and supported him in his life journey. I would be an “old fool” to come to a conclusion that he did nothing for others as his appreciation of others testify to that lively Christian interaction between the People of God and their priests. Well, I have still a few years to get to my Golden Jubilee of priesthood so I hope I can become a priest of such deep faith and appreciation.
To conclude this article I would like to mention another “unique priestly moment” in the recent days, actually it happened this morning. A friend of mine from the first years of my ministry posted a message on my Facebook page saying: “Father, right now I am in the Room of the Last Supper in Jerusalem. I am praying for you here where Jesus instituted the Eucharist and the Priesthood.” This is another example of that lively interaction between People of God and their priests.