This weekend - thirty-three years ago - I was ordained as a Permanent Deacon for the Diocese of Joliet-in-Illinois by Bishop Joseph Imesch DD. I remember being hesitant about ordination - what to do - where to go - what to say - in the end everything came off without a hitch. Later that Saturday I served at the 5:00 PM Holy Mass and delivered my very first homily. That homily with slight variations was repeated that Sunday again at the 8:00 AM and 10:00 AM Masses. As I preached the same message at successive Masses I grew slightly more comfortable and the third time around felt as if I had delivered a decent message. Two comments stick with me now - thirty-three years later. The first - great homily only 9 minutes long - obviously I would learn better to be concise rather than lengthy - people had others things to do on Sunday rather than spend all day in church. The second was from a lawyer friend who had considered becoming a priest and had spent a fair amount of time in Scripture study. In regards to the Gospel which we heard again this weekend (Matthew 19:24) It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for one who is rich to enter the kingdom of God." I do not remember exactly what I said back then - the significant point was that my friend told me I had presented to him and the parishioners a - nugget - a thought on that verse that he had never considered in all of his years of scripture study. I have preached hundreds of homilies since that day in different churches here domestically and internationally and in each and everyone I attempt to leave a useful nugget with those who have ears to hear. Not everyone will hear the same message - all of us process information - stories - words - through various - different lens. I use to laugh when my twin would tell stories of our childhood - very often I would turn to him and ask him - whose house did you live in - his version often like night and day from my recollections. That does not say he was wrong or confused - rather his mind remembered - processed information slightly different than mine. My goal - share the Word of God - in simple relatable terms - leaving nuggets as I preach.