Noting a common call to be servants in the readings chosen for the ordination Mass of seven men to the permanent diaconate Dec. 4, Archbishop Bernard Hebda encouraged them as well to know Jesus’ love while acting in mercy for the glory of God, pointing “only to the face of Jesus Christ. Only Jesus.”
With the seven men seated before him in the sanctuary for the homily at the Cathedral of St. Paul in St. Paul, Archbishop Hebda said his discernment to the priesthood included a beloved spiritual adviser reminding him of the story of the rich man who asked Jesus what he had to do to inherit eternal life. Jesus’ request that the rich man sell everything and follow him was a tremendous “ask,” the archbishop said. But as a seminarian, he was encouraged to concentrate more on the manner in which Jesus spoke. “Jesus, looking at him, loved him.”
“My hope for you is you already have experienced Jesus’ loving gaze,” the archbishop said. “I am trusting that you have seen that loving gaze in your spouse or family members who have supported you” and in the eyes of those they already have served.
“It is that loving gaze that will sustain you as you pour out your lives,” Archbishop Hebda said…
…The seven ordained men were Deacons Michael Braun of Presentation of the Virgin Mary, Maplewood; Michael Engel of St. Michael, St. Michael; Adelmo Gracia of Assumption, Richfield; Philip Grisez of Our Lady of Grace, Edina; Michael Lane of Holy Spirit, St. Paul; Jose Luis Rodriguez of Sts. Cyril and Methodius, Minneapolis and Victor Susai, Pax Christi, Eden Prairie.
Congratulations, brothers, and welcome! Ad multos annos!