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Homily for the Ordination of Deacon Peter Noriyuki TAKASE



Saturday in the Octave of Easter


April 2, 2016
At Koga Church

FIRST READING: Acts of the Apostles 4:13-21
GOSPEL READING: Mark 16:9-15

This is the first Saturday after Easter Sunday, and today’s gospel tells us that the risen Jesus appeared first to Mary Magdalene then to his other disciples, and that he commissioned the world-wide evangelization to them. He said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the good news to the whole creation.” (Mark 16:15) The first reading also tells us how Peter and John boldly witnessed to the events of Jesus’ death and resurrection. They said: “Whether it is right in God’s sight to listen to you rather than to God, you must judge; for we cannot keep from speaking about what we have seen and heard.” (Acts 4:19-20) It is our mission as Christ’s Church to become witnesses to his resurrection. Every single disciple of Christ is invited to bear witness to the resurrection of Jesus Christ, give testimony to it, and proclaim the good news.

Now, Peter Noriyuki TAKASE, as you are ordained to a deacon today, serve as a witness to the resurrection through the tasks proper to diaconate. Walk as an ambassador of Christ to bring his light to people by committing yourself to daily prayers, ministry of the liturgy, and pastoral governance. Treasure your daily prayers and sacrifices so that those who meet you may be given peace, joy, courage and wisdom through you.

On this occasion, let me counsel two matters to you.

First, be cautious in what you say. James exhorts in his letter: “. . . let everyone be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger.” (James 1:19) Put a bit into your mouth, and be on your guard so that you do not make mistakes in speaking: “Anyone who makes no mistakes in speaking is perfect, able to keep the whole body in check with a bridle.” (3:2) Be careful about the words you choose to say and do your best to be prudent in speech. Make it a daily bedtime habit to examine what kind of words you used throughout the day and repent of any mistakes in speaking.

Second, keep your chastity. Today you’re expressing your decision to take a vow of celibacy. It is synonymous with keeping and cherishing chastity. Your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit. Consecrate your celibate life and your own body to God as pure offerings. Keep your everyday life in good order to let those who meet you capture the aroma of chastity

May the Holy Spirit fill you with the grace to fulfill your commitment!


[All the Scripture quotations, unless otherwise noted, are from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition (NRSVCE), copyright © 1989, 1993 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.]

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