January 14, 2015 we continue our diaconate journey…
This week we were at Alemany High School. Our morning was a guest speaker from St. John’s Seminary, Fr. Anthony Lee, on the topic of Christology.
Hi talk focused around three questions asked by Jesus:
- Who do you say that I am?
- What do you want me to do for you?
- Do you love me?
The second question, “What do you want me to do for you?” was what Jesus asked Bartimaeus, the blind man outside of Jericho. His answer, “I want to see!”
Sight is not just something that is asked for just once, as in the case of Bartimaeus. Rather, each day we need to request sight. This sight is for what God wants us to see. This can be a change in the direction of our life, which might be scary, a neighbor or a stranger who needs help, or some other change that we can initiate in our own lives or in someone’s who will never know what we have done for them. Sight to see Jesus in everyone we meet.
Sight, to see someone who is sleeping under a bridge or on the street, to be able to offer them clothing or a blanket to keep them warm or maybe a hot meal to eat. Something as simple as a bottle of water can change the perspective of a person in need.
Sight to know that we will see someone at an off ramp who will have with a sign saying “Hungry”. Having a lunch of nonperishable items (easy open meat, crackers, cookies, a bottle of water, and a plastic fork). Sight to be able to hand this lunch, with a smile, to someone in need. Sight to prepare another one ready as soon as you get home so it will within reach when necessary.
Sight to be able to hold the door open for someone or maybe offer to return their shopping cart and to be able to smile while doing it, witnessing the opportunities that God has placed before us and answering his call.
Sight to see Jesus in all and then act, stepping out of our comfort zone, knowing that God has once again called upon us to act without question. To do His Will and make our lives richer with compassion and grace.
We continue to be grateful for your support and prayers as we continue this amazing journey.
If you have any questions about what we have experienced in the diaconate (aka “that deacon thing”), please ask us or send us an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are interested in becoming a Deacon or a Deacon Couple for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, please contact:
3424 Wilshire Boulevard, 2nd Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90010-2241
Candy & Jay Krueger,
Candidacy Year II, Diaconate Formation,
Holy Family Church, South Pasadena, CA