The name of the song was “Great Things Happen.” Written as a catchy tune to delight children, the song’s words were quite simple, and though I haven’t heard it a single time since, I can still tell you every one of them:
Great things happen when God mixes with us (2x)
Great and beautiful, wonderful things, great things happen when God mixes with us.
Some find love,
Some find peace,
Some people even find joy.
Some see things as they never could before
And some people find that they can now begin to trust.
Some find health,
Some find hope;
Some people even find joy.
Some see themselves as they never could before
And some people find that they can now begin to live.
These simple words, express such a powerful truth! As a Diocesan family we are preparing for one of the biggest joys we can find as a Church: the Ordination of a new Priest. A few weeks ago we celebrated the Ordination of Father Mark in Maryland, and now Father Chuck here in Rhode Island: in both cases, it is a celebration that great things indeed do happen when God mixes with us.
What a powerful notion it is that the all-powerful God and creator of all things, laid aside the glory of Heaven to take our flesh and walk among us. Further incredible is that he would suffer and die for us – and finally that he would leave his presence with us for all of the remainder of human history in the gift of the Eucharist…great, beautiful, wonderful things!!!
It is through the ministry of the Priesthood that these gifts are entrusted to us in the Church. The very gift of the Priesthood is an example then, of the great things that happen when God mixes with us. That he would entrust such a remarkable reality to us, sinful human beings, should shake all of us to the core. What an awesome and remarkable expression of love!!
On Saturday, October 7th, God will once again mix with us, as he comes upon another of his children to reconfigure his very being to be more like him in the Sacrament of Holy Orders. Please join us, at Saint Therese Old Catholic Church at 2:00 in the afternoon for this momentous celebration, and the next morning at 10:30, as Father Chuck celebrates his First Mass.
God mixes with each one of us every Sunday morning in the Eucharist…and great things happen…things as great as we are willing to allow. Through the Priesthood, Jesus Christ continues to mix with us, leading his people to all those wonderful things mentioned in that catchy children’s song: some find love, some peace, some people even find joy. Some see things as they never could before, and some people find that they can now begin to trust. Some find health, some hope; and some see themselves as they never could before.
Come see what great things God has in store for you!!