Tuesday, May 29, 2007
The King is Dead - Long Live the King!
It's a curious experience being a 'lame duck pastor' - with only a month to go here, people already seem to be working out strategies to deal with the new man. It's very good for one's humility. However, I'm also getting vibes from the new place - and yet, I'm not there yet, and I'm definitely not in charge. I'm no longer 'King' of this castle - and I'm not the King of the new castle (or castles)! I've actually decided that I will be known as George Bush for the next four weeks, he knows all about being a lame duck. I got some great spiritual help from reading some of the Holy Father's writings - the more you read him, the more the title of George Weigel's book, 'God's Choice,' seems not just appropriate, but prophetic. He reminds the priest, in 'Called to Communion,' that always, as a priest "one sows and another reaps." Pope Benedict embodies the qualities that I must pray for - humility, selflessness and the ability to let the one we serve be front and centre. "He must increase, I must decrease."