Fr. Terry’s June 3rd bulletin article

 

Fr. Terry’s Sharing… 

Being loved is a very powerful thing.  Nothing in life can take over everything more than that blessing/gift.  The thoughts, feelings, and mystery of love linger and get reserved in a special place in your heart that never goes away.  It is stored in your mind to be brought out and treasured multiple times, especially often when you need it the most.  Yes, even as a priest I have experienced loving and being loved in this powerful way by two women in my life.  Even though our lives went in different directions, they changed me forever.  Without having those experiences, I really feel that I could never be a good priest and a good pastor.  I could never know that depth of love, which is a sacrificial love that places others first in your life.  That never counts the cost and is a bottomless love that always grows each and every day.  I have a confession to make.  I have not told you everything.  This is something that all of you have the chance to experience in life.  It is a gift of love that has been given to each and every one of you with nothing held back.  It simply is unconditional.  You have received over and over, an invitation to this relationship.  All that is left is for you to open yourself to it.  To understand and commit to it, it does require a daily ‘yes’.  You see, besides these two women, there is one other.  That relationship even makes the relationship with those two pale in comparison.  It is there full force when we are happy, when we are sad, when we are scared, and when we are angry.  This relationship…this love is with God.  This weekend we celebrate the Body and Blood of Jesus.  A profound reminder to us that God is full in when it comes to us.  His love is sacrificial and unconditional.  Always, in the fullest sense offered on His end.  Never ever forced upon us in any way.  Freely given with no strings attached.  It is unconditional love and there is nothing we can do about it.  Isn’t that fantastic!  There is no better way to be loved!