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The Mychal We Knew
The Last Homily of
Father Mychal Judge
(available on DVD)
September 10, 2001
FDNY Engine 73, Ladder 42, Bronx, NY
Good morning, everyone.
May the grace of God the Father, peace of God the Son, and the fellowship of
the Holy Spirit be with you all.
We come to this house this morning to celebrate renewal, rejuvination, new
life. We come to thank God for the blessings over all the years - the good
work that's been done here and especially the last few days. We can never
thank God enough for the reality of the lives we have. So, standing in His
presence this morning, and truly this is a chapel, let us pause for a
moment, perhaps close our eyes, and thank God for some special blessings in
our individual lives.
Let us pray.
Thank you Lord for life. Thank you for love. Thank you for goodness.
Thank you for work. Thank you for family. Thank you for friends. Thank
you for every gift because we know that every gift comes from you, and
without you, we have and are nothing. So, as we celebrate this day in
thanksgiving to you, keep our hearts and minds open. Let us enjoy each
other's company, and most of all, let us be conscious of Your presence in
our lives and in a special way in the lives of all those who have gone
before us. And Father we make our prayer, as always, in Jesus' name who
lives with You forever and ever.
That's the way it is. Good days. And bad days. Up days. Down days. Sad
days. Happy days. But never a boring day on this job. You do what God has
called you to do. You show up. You put one foot in front of another. You
get on the rig and you go out and you do the job - which is a mystery. And
a surprise. You have no idea when you get on that rig. No matter how big
the call. No matter how small. You have no idea what God is calling you
to. But he needs you. He needs me. He needs all of us.
The retirees - He needs your prayers. He needs your stopping by
occasionally to give strength and support and to tell the stories of the old
days. We need the house and to those of you that are working now, keep
going. Keep supporting each other. Be kind to each other. Love each
other. Work together and do what you did the other night and the weeks and
the months and the years before and from this house, God's blessings go
forth in this community. It's fantastic!
What great people. We love the job. We all do. What a blessing that is.
A difficult, difficult job and God calls you to it. And then He gives you a
love for it so that a difficult job will be well done. Isn't He a wonderful
God? Isn't He good to you? To each one of you? And to me! Turn to Him
each day. Put your faith and your trust and your hope and your life in His
hands, and He'll take care of you and you'll have a good life.
And this house will be a great, great blessing to this neighborhood and to
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