Fr. Michael Wood

Ordination

June 4, 2011

Seminary

St. John’s Boston

Assignment

St. Thomas the Apostle Parish, West Springfield, MA

Growing up I went to Mass each Sunday with my family. I knew in an academic way from what my parents had taught me that the Eucharist was the body, blood, soul, and divinity of Christ. One weekend, during a difficult point in my life, while I was recovering from a major surgery, something hit me at Mass. For the first time I saw Jesus present in the Eucharist, not in an academic way, but in a personal way. I saw in a new and powerful way that Jesus truly is present in the Eucharist, and that it is the priest he uses as an instrument to make that happen.  At that moment I felt in my heart God asking me to allow him to use me as such an instrument.