God’s Service

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This past summer I had the privilege of taking a group of boys and their fathers to Rome for a pilgrimage. One day, after walking ten miles in the scorching sun and then playing a soccer game, one of the boys named Daniel got very ill with heat exhaustion. He was throwing up, weak, aching all over. The next day, still sick, he stayed back in the retreat center while the rest of us went out to celebrate Mass on the tomb of a saint.

Right after Mass, I gathered my portable Mass kit, alb, and chasuble and went to go check on him. I walked into the lounge where he was lying on the couch, looking quite ill. I asked, “Daniel, how are you feeling?” He looked up and croaked, “Terrible.” Then, noticing the items in my arms, he added, “Do you need help carrying that?”

It is one thing to serve when you are feeling good, when you’re having fun. Many times I have done service projects with friends that have turned out to be a blast. But it is quite another thing to serve when you are sick, suffering, worried, around unpleasant people, or finding the work to be repulsive.

Christ served by doing one of the most unpleasant tasks — washing the filthy feet of His disciples. And He served when He was filled with anxiety about His impending death. But neither of these things prevented Him from taking a towel and basin and bending before the feet of men.

Fr. Joseph Gill

Fr. Joseph Gill

Fr. Joseph Gill grew up in a musical family in Frederick, MD, the oldest of five children. His father taught him piano from a young age, and his mother often sang in the church choir. He began writing songs very young, honing his skill further when he received his first guitar. After his conversion, he dedicated his life and his songwriting to the Lord [https://frjosephgill.bandcamp.com/]. Fr. Gill was ordained a Catholic priest in May 2013. He is currently serving at the Basilica of Saint John the Evangelist, Stamford, Connecticut. He shares his homilies at http://thecrossstands.blogspot.com/

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