By now the news about my resignation and ensuing departure has circulated - and rightfully so. Though a multitude of thoughts and sentiments arise within myself, a particular piece from Scripture resounds from Ephesians 4:11,12, " Christ himself gave some as apostles, some as prophets, some as evangelists, and some as pastors, and some as teachers to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up...."
This piece of Scripture resonates within me for two solid reasons: (1) it points to the fact that not every Catholic priest is called to be a pastor, and (2) that the reality of the goodness of Saint Bonaventure Catholic Community is that many hearts, hands and feet come together to make this parish a living church, the Body of Christ!
Saint Francis of Assisi certainly understood how the Spirit operates within persons, both individually and collectively. Francis was well aware that each person was blessed with particular gifts (as well as a few quirks!), yet nobody was blessed with ALL the giftedness of God. As such, for the fuller manifestation of Christ as sanctifier, prophet, teacher, companion, healer, and redeemer, we as God's people must be in legitimate community / communion with God and with one another so as to bring forth the Body of Christ to full stature. The reality of how the Spirit blesses and flows through the people of this parish to make it the living Presence of God is evident, and I invite us to take a moment and recognize how genuine and incarnational this is.
As for me, I have had the sheer joy of seeing this unfold before my very eyes within the parish: the wise Trustees, the
dynamic Staff, the multitude of engaging Ministers and Volunteers, and the beloved Parishioners: all of y'all come forth
together and offer not only fellowship, encouragement and Minnesota charm, but y'all genuinely come forth together as a Body that breathes life into the mission of the Church and readily provide healing, nourishment and companionship for numerous and varied souls as we journey through this world and toward the salvation that our Lord offers to us. Being a witness of this goodness has certainly touched my heart - and while I certainly do place my faith in God, seeing how readily y'all gather together and become the Body of Christ certainly aligns me and others to also place faith in humanity. Thank you for that!
Friends, I will miss y'all, and I do thank y'all for this encounter. While we may not know completely what the future may hold, we do know Who holds our tomorrows. Thank you for the many ways you nourish this community, and thank you for the many ways you have nourished this particular friar. May y'all ever be people of peace and goodwill. Saint
Bonaventure, pray for us!
Friar Bryan Hajovsky, OFM Conv