If your pastor has not thanked you or complimented you on your ministry lately, it is probably a compliment.
I was thinking about how, when I arrived at St. Sebastian, how wonderful it was with everybody doing their various ministries and jobs. It was easy to remember to thank everybody for all of the good things they were up to that I was discovering on a daily basis. Realizing that they had things well in hand, I moved on to other projects, responsibilities, and problems. It is like cooking a meal, that which is simmering nicely on the stove can be left alone while something that need attention (the potatoes that need peeling or the grease fire that needs extinguished) can be dealt with.
The problem is that even the simmering pot needs stirred every once in a while. It’s easy to forget because it is doing what it is supposed to be doing and in better condition than the other tasks that need immediate attention, but left on the burner too long without some kind of recognition, even the best simmering pot can turn into an emergency.
So at my last holy hour it occurred to me to try to treat a day as though it was one of my first days at the parish and to be appreciative of all the wonderful things that people are doing around here - all of the simmering pots - let the potatoes and grease fires take care of themselves for a moment and give the pot one good stir.
But man! Is it difficult to remember to do! Grease fires seem steal attention so easily! (The squeaky wheel syndrome.) To see everything for the first time! And remember to say “Thanks for all you do!” I challenge you to give it a try with your family, work mates, neighbors, friends . . . all the wonderful things they do for you that you have come to rely on.
And so I thank you for reading this blog and giving me this opportunity to share some of the ways it seems to be God is acting. Sending out a prayer to you today.