Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Anniversary to Diaconate Ordination: Daily Mass Homily--Wednesday, June 10th, 2015

(Listen to this homily here).

            Today is an important day in my life.  On June 10th, 2011 I was ordained a deacon for the Diocese of Duluth.
            When many think about the culmination of seminary—consider our seminarian Beau Braun—we first consider ordination to the priesthood.  Indeed, this is the end of seminary and beginning of official ministry.  But I was more nervous for my ordination to the diaconate!  It was at my diaconate ordination I promised vows to God and His Church—to pray the breviary five times a day, to live a celibate life without a wife and kids, to enter more fully into prayer, to serve.  After making these promises entering into life as a deacon, ordination to the priesthood was all the better.
            I love the reminder God gives us today through St. Paul: “Brothers and sisters:
Such confidence we have through Christ toward God.  Not that of ourselves we are qualified to take credit for anything as coming from us; rather, our qualification comes from God, who has indeed qualified us as ministers of a new covenant…”
            Each of us, through our baptism, has been entered into Christ’s role as priest, prophet and king.  It is not just the ordained who are called to be ministers of the new covenant!  This passage by Paul reminds us that it is God who works.  Our qualifications come from God through our Baptism or ordination.
            May we be faithful priests—kingdom or ministerial—today in order to consecrate our world to God.

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