As I celebrate my forty-fifth anniversary as a priest today, (Sunday, May 24th), I can’t help but feel tremendous gratitude to our precious God for journeying with me along the way. Thankfully I’m no longer that self-righteous young pup who would set the world straight with my superior insights. It didn’t take long for the good parishioners of St. James Cathedral to set me straight and disabuse me of that arrogant notion. With the help of God I have grown a great deal since those early years-maybe not vertically but certainly spiritually. I find that I am less judgmental and more compassionate, less dualistic (either-or) and more nondualistic (both-and), and more of a servant leader (leading from the middle). On this Ascension Sunday Jesus hands the baton to his apostles and also to us. May all of us continue his work of evangelizing the world using our unique gifts in God’s service. Thank you for the joy you give me as I serve you as your pastor.