Canada National Saint Kateri Shrine

Pastor's Corner

Father Vincent Esprit, fmi

Father Esprit is a Roman Catholic Priest and a member of the Congregation of the Sons of Mary Immaculate. He studied at the Centre Sèvres - Facultés jésuites in Paris and and the University of Montreal. He is Pastor of the Saint Francis-Xavier Mission since 2012.

July 3, 2022 – 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Service in humility

Today we celebrate the humility that Jesus practiced and taught his disciples. It is different from that of the world. The Holy Spirit guides us to walk the path of this divine humility that Jesus offers to the Church. Jesus presents his renewed peace to the world: a peace that the world cannot give. He wants to be peaceful at home and outside the house. However, the peace of Jesus is only the first step to discovering the humility he offers to the world. The essence of Jesus' ministry is not to achieve worldly status of popularity. Nor is it an earthly power that seeks to praise it above others. It does not involve earthly ambitions that seem to destroy others in the way of selfish interests and goals. This is another step in establishing the Kingdom of God here on earth. The disciples were rejoicing over the success of their prayers - how they had removed the demons of others in the name of Jesus. They were excited to share their success stories with Jesus. He welcomed them and challenged them to think differently. The Kingdom of God on earth is not based on the length of our earthly successes, but rather, it is based on divine values ​​in the precious and holy name of Jesus.