This week we get a bonus homily from Fr. Michael.
While in Cincinnati for a summer writing sabbatical, Fr. Michael celebrated a Memorial Mass on the 15th Anniversary of Fr. Jim Willig’s birth into eternal life.
In this homily, Fr. Michael remembers his friend, Fr. Jim, and draws parallels between Fr. Jim’s life and the life of St. James the Apostle whose final resting place is the destination when walking the Camino in Spain.
In this Gospel, we see St. James along with his brother St. John (the Sons of Thunder) asking Jesus if they should call down fire from Heaven to consume the Samaritans who refused Jesus passage through their territory. Jesus rebukes them and the party moves on. Just like St. James, Fr. Jim had his own agenda when something unexpected came up. He wasn’t ready for an “early retirement” because of cancer. God’s answer to his prayer (and the prayers of so many others) was not a prolonged Earthly life, but instead a transformation into Sainthood and eternal life.