Is there a more beautiful statement in the Bible than this? Christ came down from the heavens to save me – a sinner. He is not looking for sacrifice from me but desires mercy. Reflecting on this statement, I should live my life the same way. It is not sacrifice that I should seek from anybody, but it is MERCY that I should show everybody. It is I who should sacrifice all that I can to show MERCY to all that I meet.
Do you know someone like that in your life? I do, my pastor, my boss and my friend – Fr. Jack Siefert. I have encountered more than a few priests in my life and have been inspired by many of them but when it comes down to it, I think the priest who most epitomizes the love and mercy of Christ, a man who is that window through which I see Christ, it is Fr. Siefert. If ever a man was born to be a parish priest, Fr. Siefert is that man. He is kind, he is patient, he is by far the best fund raiser I’ve ever met, he is not one to “hoard” the church funds but he doesn’t spend the money foolishly (without thought or input from the parish), he loves his flock and his flock loves him. His life is dedicated to the Church and the neighborhood that surrounds our beautiful parish. Since coming to St. Mary Magdalen, he has started a work-day Noon Mass, a 5:30 PM Mass Monday thru Thursday; he has opened the confessional and hears them daily. He has started a 24/7 Adoration Chapel. His motto was taken from one of his favorite movies – A Field of Dreams; instead of “If you build it, he will come” he states “if you offer it, they will come.” And come they have. The parking lot is full for both of these daily Masses, not to mention the usual daily Mass times that were setup before he came to the parish. Fr. Siefert is truly a man of God who seeks to show mercy to the sinful soul. Padre, as you head out on your vacation, please take the time to rest and recharge your batteries. Your work here at St. Mary Magdalen has been fruitful, but the flock still needs tending. God Bless you on your vacation. I think I speak for many when I say I love you and I love that God has blessed me with your faith, your leadership and most importantly, your MERCY.
Do something great for our Lord today – don’t be afraid to show His mercy to a sinful soul.
God’s will, not mine, be done.
Be not afraid, just have faith.
Jesus, I trust in You.
He must increase; I must decrease.