2020-01-26Third Sunday in Ordinary Time Rev. Msgr. Michael J. Motta, D.Min.

Jesus says to his future apostles or priests, "Come after me and I will make you fishers of men."

I consider myself very fortunate to be a priest. I love the priesthood and I am really happy to be one. The fact is that I cannot think of anything that I would like to do more. Certainly other professions and occupations have appealed to me, but every time I compare them to the priesthood, the priesthood comes out number one!

As far back as I can remember I always wanted to be a priest. The vocation of priesthood in my home was always held in very high esteem. I do not mean that my parents talked me into the seminary. Actually, my parents tried to talk me out of going in because I wanted and did enter the seminary at a very early age. I think that my parents were worried that I would make a mistake and be unhappy in my life.

I feel that I have been called by God to be a priest. I do not understand why he called me sometimes because I feel weak and inadequate in many areas.

To the question, "Do you wish that you were married and you had a family?" I have to reply, Yes - but with some reservations. I wish many times that I was happily married to a person who would support me in my life's work. I wish that I had children to whom I could impart my faith and my value systems. But, I have been around long enough to know that for many, the dreams of a happy marriage turns into a nightmare.

It disturbs me greatly when I hear reports of brother priests who have gotten themselves into big trouble. It is embarrassing to all of us Catholics and it seems to provide a lot of ammunition to those who do not love the Catholic Church as we do - as I do.

Most of the priests that I know and love are great guys who live wholesome lives and die as respected and admired leaders of the community.

So many of the priests that I have known and loved have been heroes and models for me. Sometimes we meet for prayer and discussion and sometimes we meet for golf.

Do not ever feel sorry for me or for them.

The only thing that I cannot understand is why more young men are not attracted to the priesthood! Pray for them, as I do, that they will be priests for us in the future.

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