One year ago this weekend, I was in the midst of preparing to celebrate my First Masses as a Priest at Assumption Church. It’s hard to believe that it has already been one year since my Priestly Ordination!
It’s hard to sum up in a few short words what the experience of this past year has been like. Every time I start to write, all that I can think of are the many times that I have been overwhelmed by the support that I have received from the Parishioners here at Assumption as I began my Priestly Ministry. I am also awestruck by the many ways in which God has been at work in my life.
St. Paul’s words to the Corinthians in today’s Second Reading speak to me powerfully as I reflect on celebrating my First Anniversary of Ordination. St. Paul writes: “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the human heart conceived, what God has prepared for those who love him.” These things God has revealed to us through the Spirit.” In one sense, these words are speaking to us about the promised Kingdom of Heaven, which we all hope to enter at the end of our earthly life. But I believe that they also speak to us about the ways in which God is at work in our lives here and now.
When the Bishop laid his hands on my head at my Ordination a year ago, I had no way of knowing how my life would unfold, or what shape my Priestly Ministry would take. I wondered how I would know what to say when faced with grieving families, or when celebrating the Sacrament of Reconciliation. I quickly found, however, that the Holy Spirit, which is conferred in a powerful way upon the Priest in the Sacrament of Holy Orders, is indeed powerfully at work in the life of a Priest.
When I cannot find the words to say, I am constantly amazed by the way in which the Holy Spirit speaks through me, and guides me to find the right words to say. The experience of Priesthood has been far beyond what I ever could have imagined it to be. New things about my life as a Priest are revealed to me by the Spirit each and every day- and that revelation helps me to recognize that I am still learning: still seeking to grow in my own service of God, and striving always to become a holier Priest each and every day of my life.
So I want to thank you again for all of your prayers and support over this past year. I look forward to continuing to serve this community of faith in the years to come!
-Fr. Steven Huber, CSB