About a year ago, a fellow priest invited me to a dinner at the home of his friends, a beautiful couple with two young boys around the ages of 4 and 6. After the initial greeting, the two boys wanted to show the priest a new gift they received from their grandparents. It was a boys’ Mass set! The set was amazing — I didn’t know that such existed — and it was complete with a Thurifer (carrier of incense).
Summer is a time when dual experiences in our lives tend to converge. Specifically, summer offers a respite from the ordinary bustle of work and school life. Simultaneously, these days offer the flurry of activities including camping, vacations, summer jobs, swimming, and an array of summer camps for band, cheerleading, scouts, football, etc.
In these joyous days of Easter, we find ourselves plunging deep into the lives of the Apostles after the Resurrection and Ascension of Jesus Christ, as they embark upon their ministerial duties. It seems now, in the time of the resurrected Christ, Peter has come into his own, with a courageous and bold manner of preaching the Gospel message. Peter’s fervent trust in the Lord is infectious for the other Apostles and efficacious for those to whom he ministers.