Well, our new Pastor has a warm and joyful personality, he enjoys laughter; and in the three weeks he has been with us his homilies have been up front and challenging. Just last last week he told us we must not be afraid of covid-19 or anyone: we have the Lord and we have one another! He is an African priest from Ghana and has made a personal commitment to stay in the States and serve. Tonight, he confronted us with the Lord's question, "Who do you say that I am?" He turned and asked me; he then asked a few people in the congregation! Ah, how does one respond? Fr. Francis then told a story how the Lord changed his life and heart. It occurred just four years ago while serving in a parish in Syracuse. There was an issue in the parish; he had prayed and decided on a certain response. As he was leaving the church and walked past the crucifix, Jesus from the Cross spoke to him out loud and told him to take a different course of action. He was incredulous and then began to doubt that the Lord had spoken. "Besides, I thought my plan was a good one." The next morning he entered the church, and Jesus on the crucifix verbally repeated his request! Wow! He obeyed and it turned out to be a perfect fit for the parish! So Father emphasized that there are difficult situations in our lives, in our parishes, in the world, but it is God who has the answer, no one else. He loves us and if we trust in Him he will show us the way! After Holy Mass, Fr. Francis told me he had prepared a different homily, but was inspired to share the testimony! Who do you say that I am?