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January 23, 2013

Short thought on 25 years as a priest

Today is my 25th anniversary as a priest.

God appointed a stomach virus to make me stay home, shut up, pray and reflect more on that than I might have out being busy with the day.  I mean that.  I praised Him for the virus today.

Reading the Daily Office resulted in this thought, which I posted on Facebook:

When Jesus was alone, those who were around him along with the twelve asked him about the parables. And he said to them, “To you has been given the secret of the kingdom of God, but for those outside, everything comes in parables; in order that ‘they may indeed look, but not perceive, and may indeed listen, but not understand; so that they may not turn again and be forgiven.”’ (Mark 4:10-12)

Wow, read this at evening, on my 25th anniversary of ordination. You know, part of looking back is wondering how I might have been a better witness, and confessing failure. But there’s great comfort in this passage. Plenty of folks walked away not because I wasn’t clear, sincere or somehow “good” enough, but because for whatever reason they weren’t cut out to follow Jesus. We (his disciples) won’t convince everybody - in fact the parable that precedes this indicates that a majority of humanity will reject or fall away from its Savior.

My thanks to the Stand Firm team and readers for your companionship, challenges and encouragement over some of these 25 years.  May you dwell in the “secret of the kingdom of God” and He in you.  Forever. 

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Tim, may the Lord bless you and keep you, and grant you a speedy recovery from your illness. Happy ordination anniversary notwithstanding your physical afflictions—your spiritual light shines forth stronger than ever, and is a blessing to us all.

[1] Posted by A. S. Haley on 1-23-2013 at 11:01 PM · [top]

May the Lord continue to bless you and use you in His service to all disciples for many more years! Praying for a speedy recovery but sometimes illnesses do force us to slow down and think about things we usually don’t have time to ponder. Hope this anniversary reinforces your commitment to our Lord and His people.  Forever.

I agree with Mr. Haley, Your spiritual light and knowledge shines forth like a beacon of hope and is a blessing to us all.

[2] Posted by SC blu cat lady on 1-24-2013 at 03:16 AM · [top]

Congratulations on your anniversary and thanks for your way with words. I am beginning my sixth year in holy orders. In the immortal words of the Road Warriors, “What a rush!”

[3] Posted by Fr. Dale on 1-24-2013 at 07:46 AM · [top]

Congratulations on the 25th anniversary of your ordination, and I pray for your healing as well.

[4] Posted by the virginian on 1-24-2013 at 03:31 PM · [top]

Mazel tov Fr. Fountain!

[5] Posted by Nikolaus on 1-24-2013 at 07:57 PM · [top]

Truth is it’s up the the Holy Spirit to convict folks.  And I thank God every day that others aren’t dependent on my poor skills to guide them to salvation.  grin

Bp. Atwood gave a sermon the other day I found just as insightful.  We were celebrating the ordination of a new Anglican priest, and Bp. Atwood stated “...normally this is the part where I talk about how you are to be the good shepherd, that you are responsible for your flock, etc.  However, the truth is that your job is to POINT to the Good Shepherd - Jesus - not try to be Him.”

It’s all about JESUS.  Not about me or you.

The world was created through water and redeemed through water (the flood).
Sin came into the world through Adam and redeemed by the second Adam (Jesus) thought His blood.
We came into the world through water (childbirth) and are redeemed through water (baptism).
We are also redeemed when we remember Christ through communion (water and blood).

[6] Posted by B. Hunter on 1-28-2013 at 02:22 PM · [top]

Amen,B. Hunter.  Thanks for this message.

[7] Posted by Timothy Fountain on 1-28-2013 at 02:37 PM · [top]

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