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Homilies | Tuesday, September 19, 2023

In praise of our diverse presbyterate

Archbishop Wenski's reflection at vespers on first night of priests' convocation

Archbishop Thomas Wenski preached this reflection at vespers on the first night of the annual convocation with all the priests of the Archdiocese of Miami, held Sept. 19-21, 2023.

St. Paul tells the Colossians, Let the Word of Christ, rich as it is, dwell in you. One translator suggests: Let the Word of Christ have run of the house. Give it plenty of room in your lives.

We will not be able to preach the word “in wisdom made perfect” to instruct and admonish unless we first integrated it into our lives. As Aquinas said, “Nemo dat quod non got.”

Tonight, as we begin this convocation, I want to express my gratitude and appreciation for all that you do for this local Church of Miami. We are a diverse presbyterate. We come from many different places and speak with many accents. We recognize ourselves as members of a great fraternity. Even at a time of great divisions and polarizations in society and the Church, we are a remarkably united presbyterate.

The convocation is an opportunity for us to grow in that unity, to enhance our fraternity. Wear your names – so we can get to know each other better.

“Sing gratefully to God with all your hearts,” St. Paul says. We don’t have to sing in unison, but we should sing in harmony.

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