Attending an ordination is a taste of Heaven. This Sunday we praise God for the gift of yes promised in the 'I do' of committing one's life to the
priesthood, begun years before in the silence of the heart. Before the priesthood is the step to ordination to the transitional diaconate a few months prior to priestly ordination. There is such hope, and reminder of God's closeness. When
a man begins to proclaim the Gospel and preach, baptize and marry they are more closely conformed to Christ. It is an ecclesial day of celebration seeing the ordinands face down on the floor while the litany of saints is chanted. Many gather with
many, many stories ...it may have been one from his college friends, boyhood neighbors, parish priest who cultivated broader steps out in faith, or someone who saw the ad in the catholic newspaper, or streaming online, this is a day set apart created by God
in the fullness of time who first knit the transitional deacon or priest in their mother's womb years and years before. It has come down to the consent promising fidelity to the bishop and his successors. This one life will give hope to the lost,
charity to the forgotten, comfort to the mourning, courage to the soldiers of Christ and light in every darkness. As we celebrate the newly ordained, those long ordained and those in seminaries and men who sense a call of Christ May www.reclaimsunday.net offer
unified prayers for the glory of God's hands in their lives! The newly ordained transitional deacon preached: ' What baggage do you need to leave behind to follow Christ?' So, let us begin on a glorious adventure in Christ! Unweighted by
burdens and free, utterly free in the waters of new life!