The Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time [B]
II Kings 4:42-44 ― Ephesians 4:1-6 ― John 6:1-15
July 29, 2012
“…He withdrew again to the mountain alone.” [John 6:15]
Two weeks ago, three brother priests and I set out east along the highways and interstates of America to attend a conference in Louisville. Two of them are blood brothers in addition to being brother priests: Father Jim Weldon, pastor of Resurrection Parish in Wichita; and Father Eric Weldon, pastor of St. Margaret Mary Parish. The fourth priest was a seminary classmate of theirs who is a pastor in Arizona.
The round trip was more than 1500 miles. As soon as we got on the highway, Father Jim, the holiest (or maybe the wisest) among us, told us to get out our rosaries. It’s always good to entrust a journey’s safety to the intercession of Our Blessed Mother, but later I wondered if Fr. Jim also had another intention in mind. If any of you mothers have four sons, you could probably tell us the odds of four brothers riding over one thousand five hundred miles together without someone losing a limb or tooth. Of course, the odds go way down if their mother is there to watch over them. And so, the four of us prayed the rosary often during the trip.