As I read the scriptures today, I am thinking of Fr. Bill Carmody of the Diocese of Colorado Springs who died yesterday. He suffered greatly with cancer and even Bishop Sheridan last evening on the news did not know he was so close to death. He was first an amazing priest, always on the side of his people. Bill was a community leader and motivator, inspiring people to examine their thoughts and actions toward the dedication that every life matters. Every life matters, even the unborn.
I met Bill when I arrived at Sacred Heart in 2013. At any meeting of the diocese in which we both attended, he always affirmed me in my interest and work with people on the margins of the Church and society. He felt marginalized from many other priests because of the gospel call to affirm life. He was inspired to keep moving, to keep preaching and to keep loving people. His words comforted me as a new priest serving in the diocese. I will miss him because he understood his priesthood in ways I can only admire. Yesterday and today, I pray for Bill and his people.
From today’s gospel:
“…Rather, whoever wishes to be great among you shall be your servant; whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave. Just so, the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Matthew 20:17-28