Reflections
Rev. John P. Mulreany, SJ
Week 4 - December 22, 2014
Entered -- August 2000
Took Vows -- August 2002
Ordained -- June 2010
  
Fr. Mulreany teaches English and social studies at Yap Catholic High School and serves as vice-superior of the Jesuit community in Yap.
  
"What makes me happy to be a religious today?"

 A year after ordination I was sent to the island of Yap in Micronesia to help start a high school and to do pastoral work. Initially, I was enthralled by a sense of the exotic, but I now realize at the end of the day what makes me happy is the privileged contact with God's people.

Recently, God blessed me with an unexpected encounter. Thirty-six refugees from Nepal and India arrived on Yap in a small boat from Indonesia. Our high school students organized a food drive for them. We brought the food to the Red Cross tent on a Friday, but we were not allowed to see the refugees.

The following Sunday, I said Mass in the village and was given a large basket of fruit. On my way back home, I passed through town and thought I might give my fruit basket to the refugees. No guard was in sight, so I waved to the refugees. They came over to my car and I offered them the fruit basket.

We started talking; several spoke significantly understandable English, so I asked if any were Catholics. They said, "Yes." I asked if they would like if I said Mass for them and they replied, "Yes, Father please." So, there on the First Sunday of Advent under a little thatched hut we had Mass. Five people joined at first, then about seven or eight more, Indians and Nepalese together. At the offertory they asked God to help them and their families.

When Mass was over they thanked me for coming because, since it was Sunday, no one else visited them. I asked, "What can I do for you?" One man speaking for the group said, "Father, the best thing you can do for us is to pray. Only God can help us now."

I'm happy to be a religious today because God continues to put me in the presence of his people, at the margins, geographically and socially, where Jesuits have always been called to be.



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