From The Hand of Fr. Aaron Ferris…For June 3, 2018

For several years, on the first Saturday of June, the Diocese of Grand Rapids has celebrated ordinations to the priesthood. It is a great day of rejoicing for me personally and for the whole Church.

Personally, I am reminded of one of the greatest of days in my life. The day of ordination was both the culmination of years of hard work as well as the beginning of the rest of my life. Everything was different after that day. There are great memories associated with prostrating myself before the altar, with the promises made to the bishop and God, with being vested by a priest who has been an important part of my life for years. So many memories.

Also on a personal level, I am always moved by the opportunity to participate in the ordination of a man to the priesthood of Jesus Christ. Priests participate in several ways, but the two most obvious are that priests, after the bishop, lay hands on the man being ordained. Then, after the man has been raised to the priesthood, the priests give him the sign of peace and welcome the newly ordained to the brotherhood. It is hard to describe how important these events are.

As a Church we rejoice in the ordination of a man to the priesthood because we have a new icon of Christ in our midst. Through the Sacrament of Ordination, the grace of God binds a man to Christ, the Head and Shepherd of the Church. This close communion with Christ means that the work of Christ can continue in our midst for years to come. A new priest in the image of Christ means many more Masses will be celebrated for the salvation of the world. A new priest in the image of Christ means more confessions are heard and sinners rescued from slavery.

For two thousand years this great work has been handed on by the Sacrament of Ordination. We would not be here today if God had not continued to work through the flawed men He has made bishops, priests, and deacons. It is through them that the great work of salvation becomes living and effective in our lives, and I do include myself in that as well. I need priests to hear my confession, to anoint me, and so on.

Let us celebrate the newly ordained Fr. Michael Steffes and the work God has begun in Him. Let us also continue to pray for and encourage vocations so that we can have continued access to the saving mercy of God.

Rev. Aaron Ferris
Rev. Aaron Ferris
Rev. Aaron R. Ferris Ordination Date: June 6, 2009 Pastor, St. Anthony Parish (Saranac) and St. Mary’s Parish (Lowell) 402 Amity Street Lowell, MI 49331 Phone: 616-897-9820
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