HOMILY
SIXTY YEARS A PRIEST

Fr Rodney Kissinger, S.J.

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My whole life of 98 years (6/14/15) can be expressed in just two words; two words repeated over and over again like a broken record: thanks…sorry…thanks…sorry…
thanks…sorry. I pray that my life will end with only one word: JESUS

God is transcendent, immanent and transparent in creation. We are “Finding God in all things” because God is there. In other words, I am We, you are They and every bush is burning. Maybe I can’t do it but We can. We should be AWARE of this presence of God instead of always searching for God. Joy is the most infallible sign of the AWARENESS of the presence of God.

There is only one love, the love of God. We are not creators; we are only receivers and transmitters of the love of God. The First Commandment is to love God; the Second Commandment is “like the first” Commandment, to love God. We love God directly in Himself, and indirectly in myself an in my neighbor.

The essence of Christianity is an intimate personal relationship with Jesus. The purpose of the Church is to initiate this relationship in Baptism, nourish it in the Eucharist, renew it when it is lost in Reconciliation and bring it to fruition in heaven.

My mantra is: Jesus guide me, enlighten me, empower me. My mandela is the crucifix. My conviction: it costs to be a lover; the language of love is sacrifice. “Ecstasy without agony is baloney.”

Jesus is the medium of the revelation of God. Jesus is also the message of God. In Jesus the medium is the message. Jesus is the greatest expression of the love of God for us and the greatest expression of our love for God. When you say Jesus, you have said it all.

In the beginning God said, “Let us make man in our own image.” And He did and it was good. Since then man has been making God in his own image and it is not good. Is my god a god of my own making? Am I too reasonable, is my god too small? “Faith is reason in ecstasy.” Once you have fulfilled the possibility of reason then faith begins.

The will of God for me: is to be (to accept existence)…to be me (to accept my unique edition of existence)…and to be happy to be me.

When we enter the world we are completely dependent on others and when we leave the world we are completely dependent on others. In between the entrance and the exit we act as if we are completely independent, even of God. Such is human nature.

The good die young, the smart leave and here am I celebrating my 60th Jubilee as a Priest. This proves once again the Gospel truth that the Lord really does choose the weak to confound the strong and the foolish to confound the wise.

 

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