My point in doing this research, however, was this.
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We deacons often look for good models in our diaconal ministry. Deacons are the very diakonia and kenosis of the church. Paul Henry. You are commenting using your WordPress.
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Post to Cancel. The deacon is the minister of charity, an icon of Christ the servant. Doubtless this is all true. But there is more to the diaconate than performing works of corporal mercy in the world. Perhaps the Church needs deacons more like John the Baptist, who lived in the wilderness, eating locusts and honey.
Perhaps the Church needs deacons who can sometimes be hermits, retreating even if just for a while from the world to better be able to pray for the world.
Perhaps the Church needs deacons who are sometimes ascetics, giving witness by their poverty and fasting to the hope they have in the world to come. That experience has left me more convinced that John the Baptist should be a model for deacons. In fact, our retreat master a priest of our diocese said as much during one of his talks, inspired by the Advent readings. As I have written about previously , in early Greek philosophical texts, diakonia terms were used to describe mediums, such as air or water.
Mediums such as these could transmit light or sound, but were not themselves the light or sound.
Sound familiar? John is the voice crying out in the wilderness; the voice, not the Word. But without the voice, the Word would not be heard. Without the medium, the light would not be visible.
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John is the proto-deacon and model for all those in diaconal ministry. I leave my time in the wilderness more convinced of that than ever. Sign in Get started. Dec 10,