Below are the homilies from our friends Deacons Matt and Nico from Sunday, April 12, 2015.
Deacon Matt’s homily:
Deacon Nico’s homily:
Several years ago being in the seminary I was sent for a mission during Holy week. We were basically sent to prepare the communities where our mission was to celebrate the triduum.
However, a night before we were going to the mission a couple people came to my room sharing their concerns. Manuel my teammate had a different personality. He was a guy who would need to write down every single action. He was not spontaneous, very strict with Liturgy, and this is Holy week. I looked at them and I said. Good! I guess I should write down everything that I do, probably let him know if I want to do something spontaneous which I guess is not going to be really spontaneous.
How about Liturgy? Ok. This is going to be a serious matter, because this is one of my weaknesses. Well at that moment I started to look at his weaknesses too. I found out some; he was not very animated. I made my argument: in order to have a good liturgy we need to do a very good catechesis. And this catechesis has to be very animated. Ok, I thought to myself, I am going to win! Good! I am going to win!
Wait a minute. He is good in Liturgy and it is his nature. He will do well explaining it. I started thinking Ok! I guess it would be better if each of us can complement one another instead of competing.
I moved to Manuel room and I asked him if he had packed already. He looked at me and he said. “Are you taking your guitar? I really want to learn I hope you can teach me more during this time.” He added, I was told that you are very spontaneous. I thought! Ok I guess we have had the same guests for this night.
We went to the mission and everything went well. Manuel was very careful with the Liturgy, I learned a lot. One morning the first communion class arrived without noticing us. I asked him! Which class was he going to take, he looked at me with Panic! Ok take care of this! This is liturgy team. That is about catechesis.
At the end of our mission I was moved in my heart to tell him how great our experience was. He won! He said it first. I won too! I had a good experience! An experience of faith, communion and Love.
The first reading for today presented the image of a perfect community. A community where people did not have need and people shared everything they had. A community that truly believed in Jesus Christ as the provider of everything, with individuals who did not think for themselves first.
Sometimes I have heard folks saying that this community did never exist. Or if did exist, it did only for a short time, because if we follow up the reading for this Easter season, later on we will find tensions among this communities. They would be concern about injustice, rituals, and the perfect community seems to disappear.
I have always believed that this community did really exist, scripture says so, and it does not matter how long it lasted. This community existed by the power of faith, love and unity in the early church. I found very relevant that this first community did all this sacrifice and lived in this style of life through the power of faith. Through the power of faith, the early apostles believed in Jesus, the resurrected one. Through the power of faith, they served and served and served some more. Through the power of faith, they shared Jesus with the world.
My friends, through the power of faith that community existed. And it still exists today—right here, right now at Holy Family. I know from my own experience here. Here for me, the power of faith in this community has nurtured my vocation and I am sure that the same faith of this Holy Family community has also nurtured the vocation of those who are married, of those who are single. This faith has allowed me to be part of this community. This faith have given me reason to keep moving and to be here today as a brand new deacon.
In my journey I have found the power of faith nurturing my vocation through the dedication of this community in its different ministries. Through the prayer of those who constantly ask Jesus to send workers to his vineyard. The prayer of those who pray silently in the midst of their difficult life experiences. In short, I have been nurtured by your prayers and I cannot thank you enough. My vocation was born in the midst of this environment. A vocation that has been a way to respond to the question if I can know more about Jesus and perhaps do more in his church. A vocation nurtured by those actions of faith and love that take place in the midst of what is happening in this community.
Manuel and I had that wonderful experience several years ago because we shared what we had, our faith, care and love. That helped us to realize how important we were to one another. Here we are also to share what Christ has given us. You have shared your faith, care and love during this time of my formation. I hope I am sharing my faith and my witnessing of the Gospel with you.