In a few weeks, I will have preached through the three years of the Sunday lectionary cycle. I started preaching on Sundays a week after I was ordained deacon three years ago this feast of Our Lady of the Rosary.
Lest this induce in me any vanity, this morning in the sacristy one of our best lectors shared that as of today she is beginning her twelfth journey through the cycle, having just completed her thirty-third year as a lector for Sunday Mass. I thanked her for her good example, to which she replied,
"It's nothing special, I just stuck with it."
"That's exactly what I meant," I said.