So I made it through my first day at the new office. I organized bookshelves and generally got things situated. I will be speaking over on the North Campus on Wednesday (tomorrow night) on discernment and we had a staff meeting today, which was loads of fun. Basically it's an opportunity to let others know what we're doing and to reflect on the upcoming Sunday gospel together.
We've moved into our new digs. Haze the dog especially likes the new place and has found plenty of places to curl up in a ball and snooze. God bless my wife who is unpacking boxes faster than the flash. Only 20 more to go, she tells me!
Prayer for me this week has been interesting as I have been reflecting on Sunday's scripture readings in advance of a reflection on them I've been asked to give. It's also World Youth Day Sunday, so I'm trying to tie the readings into that theme. Bartimaeus, the blind man is the central figure (besides Jesus of course) in this week's gospel, so I'm thinking about themes of blindness in my own life. In some ways I've gone into this job "flying blind" not knowing what to expect, not expecting much of anything in fact, except to be present to Christ and to students in new and some old ways.
So we have plenty of places to reflect. I'm going to spend some time in prayer this evening with the gospel and see what imaginative places God might lead me. Might you join me? Here are the readings. Enjoy.
Your humble blogger is Mike Hayes, a well-known expert in the world of young adult ministry (20s and 30s) in the Catholic Church. Mike is the author of Googling God (Paulist, 2007) where he explores both the chaotic world that young people live in and their religious reactions to that world. He also explores the age of instant gratification and how churches can respond to the needs of the young adult age by using technology alongside more traditional ministry methods.
Mike founded the award winning BustedHalo.com® in 2001 and continues to contribute to it as the editor of their catechetical section appropriately named Googling God.
Recently, he left BustedHalo® to focus on more direct ministry with young people at St Joseph University Parish as a Campus Minister for the South Campus at the University at Buffalo.
He has only two loves: his adorable wife, Marion and a nine pound chihuahua named Haze, who still find him amusing enough to let them live in their home.