Greetings to all! This weekend, I am between two trips out-of-town. Last week, I made a very wonderful retreat at Fr. Benedict Groeschel’s Trinity Retreat House in Larchmont, NY. Fr. Gene Fulton was my retreat director, and I would warmly and enthusiastically recommend the place for a retreat to my brother priests. Tomorrow, I am going on a vacation with a few of my brother priests from the Erie Diocese. So, this post will be a bit shorter than usual. I have to get my travels in before the arrival of school, which is coming soon!
I had many insights on my retreat. The one that has stuck with me, however, is that, in order to be great, we must be great as Jesus was great. There is a greatness that we can achieve in this world, but that greatness will fade. Even Michael Phelps’ gold medals will get tarnished over the years. But Christ’s greatness will never fade. Jesus tells us, “I am the Bread of Life. Whoever eats this Bread will live forever.” The greatness that Jesus offers is eternal, unfading, and unchanging.
Why do we still grasp for our self-made kingdoms, and not for Christ’s, if our kingdoms fade, but His endures forever? The simple reason is that we have to become humble, and we have to carry the Cross. This is not a popular way to win friends and influence people. But if we are to become great along the pattern of Christ, we must walk the master’s road.
The Good News is that, while Christ walked that road virtually alone, we don’t have to walk the road alone. Christ is with us. The Saints, the Angels, and Mother Mary are with us. If you want to become great, get humble, get your Cross, and get your glory!