My first homily to the school after my ordination as Deacon.
and the little voice is telling you
“stay in bed a little longer,
just a little longer.
You’ve got plenty of time.”
is very persuasive,
and so another five minutes in bed
seems a perfectly reasonable decision.
cleaned seven of your teeth,
thus giving the mirror a spray tan with Colgate
and shot out of the house faster than
Prince Harry from the billiards room.
thus avoiding that disapproving scowl of the Senior Master
reserved especially for latecomers
and detesters of Shakespeare.
in the reflection on a window,
you notice to your horror
that you’ve forgotten your tie!
that you happen to bump into each and every member of staff,
each of whom questions you
about your lack of tie.
which looks as if Groundskeeper Willie has used it
to tie up the compost heap to keep it from escaping,
an explanation is demanded of you.
can make a major difference to your life.
can make the difference between
studying Chemistry at Oxford
and Economics at Warwick,
or even prancing about the stage trying
to impersonate the Rizzle Kicks.
even find themselves called to be Deacons
in the Anglican Catholic Church.
– little chattering things that give us ideas
and suggestions from the depths of our minds.
with strange impulses that seem to come from nowhere.
get One Direction’s instead because Harry looks fine.”
good ideas and spur you on to greater things.
to do great things because of listening to
some insistent impulse deep within them.
to separate the good voices from the bad voices,
especially when some voices are making you consider
some of the great choices in your life.
if you know in your heart of hearts
you aren’t going to make the grades,
but how do you find out
what’s in your heart of hearts
in the first place?
and not rugby,
trying out for the first XV might seem rather daft.
consideration of all the consequences
and whether this decision is right for you.
there is the added belief that God is calling you.
in the form of a voice from a burning bush.
For the prophet Elijah it is a still, small voice.
there is a voice calling him in the middle of the night.
that we hear in our lives
but it will not necessarily be a loud call.
and the voice of the Divine will
bellow the answer down the phone.
“Become a Deacon!”
dramatic calls of Biblical proportions.
in human voices or find an internal sense
of purpose or passion
that convinces us that we are meant to do something.
such as St Peter, St James and St John,
the call comes from an itinerant Rabbi,
a teacher who was influences the world
with common sense teaching and yet
suffers an agonising death on the cross for it.
through monasticism and his rule is still used today.
for the system of schooling that we have today.
and her work continues long after her death.
there is a long period of listening
to the voices around them.
you too have decisions to make in your life
based on who you believe yourself to be.
to listen to all the voices that you hear in your life.
with anything superficial
but create a passion
or a nagging insistence
at the very heart of your being.
that will both exhilarate you
and frighten you at the same time,
but it will be something that will transform you
into the person you want to be.
a good ear,
and much patience.