Answering life's questions with the help of God - Catholic Courier
Deacon Jonathan Schott recesses out of Sacred Heart Cathedral at the end of the Deacon Ordination Mass May 25. (Courier photo by Jeff Witherow) Deacon Jonathan Schott recesses out of Sacred Heart Cathedral at the end of the Deacon Ordination Mass May 25. (Courier photo by Jeff Witherow)

Answering life’s questions with the help of God

Our lives are full of questions. Where am I going? Is this all there is? Why am I here? Many spend their days searching for answers to these and many more of life’s big questions. Sometimes I think a key to answering some of life’s biggest questions has been with us all along.

During our ordination, our bishop asked me and my fellow diaconal candidates a series of questions where we made promises in taking the office of deacon. In the final promise, we answered: I do, with the help of God. There is the key: the help of God.

We recently celebrated Pentecost, marking that moment when the Holy Spirit came to the apostles with such power that it seemed as if there were tongues of fire. Here’s the kicker: All of us who have been baptized share in that power of the Holy Spirit. Like the apostles, we, too, experience the power of that advocate, of that helper. We have the help of God. The apostles didn’t necessarily know where they were going next, what would happen or what to expect. Yet they waited, remembered what Jesus taught them and the Holy Spirit helped show them the way.

We all have that Spirit. In the midst of our human brokenness and our deepest longing for God to show himself in our lives, all of us who have been baptized have the help of God. We’ve had it all along. No, we don’t know all the answers. We might not know where we are to go next. We don’t know what may come. However, we believe the Holy Spirit will show us the way — like he did for the apostles — and ask, “Do you want to come?”

We can answer: I do, with the help of God.

Deacon Schott is the assistant director of campus ministry at St. John Fisher College. He was ordained a deacon May 25 at Sacred Heart Cathedral. 

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