Dear Parishioners,

The call of Elisha by Elijah begins an apprenticeship in the line of prophetic succession (1 Kings 19:16,19-21). By the gesture of placing the cloak upon his shoulders, Elisha begins a radical response to this investiture by leaving behind the past and keeping his eyes fixed upon what lies ahead. Elisha, further, does not presume to make of himself an “equal” top Elijah, but rather follows as his attendant. Acceptance of the Call leads to a period of education and enlightenment.

God calls us each from the womb (Jeremiah 1:4-5), not as professionals, but rather as “apprentices” who will be formed by His Word and strengthened through His Sacraments to be His Holy People. As “apprentices” of the Christian faith we are to learn and practice the ways of the Lord and His Kingdom.

Christ himself tells us to “plow on” not looking behind, but rather always looking ahead (Luke 9: 60-62). Any farmer, or farmer’s apprentice, will tell you that is the only way to plow!

Sovereign God, ruler of our hearts, you call us to obedience and sustain us in freedom. Keep us true to the way of your Son, that we may leave behind all that hinders us and, with eyes fixed upon Him, walk surely in the path of the Kingdom.

I am so very glad to welcome Father Ponce back to Clermont! While, intellectually, I know that it has only been since January that you were last with us, it seems, with the heart, that it has been longer. I hope these summer months in your second home will be filled with great joy!

May the week ahead be filled with countless graces and blessings.

Fr. Bob

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