My pastor and I weren’t seeing eye to eye. The parish council meetings usually didn’t have an agenda. Many of the office staffers seemed incompetent. I made sure he knew my views—I, who had been with the parish for less than a year—and we stopped speaking.
I dreaded hosting a home Mass for a group I was involved in because I knew he’d be the celebrant, but there was no way out of it. When he arrived, I nodded and moved on. But he stopped me. “I wonder if you’d help me with my writing,” the pastor said. And in that moment, I saw the humility in him—and the log in my own eye. He had made himself a slave to Christ at a level I couldn’t have imagined. He won me over.
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