An interview by Ignition Staff
Ignition: It seems like whenever
anyone talks about Johnny Massick, the name itself is synonymous
with football. How did that come about?
I was first introduced to the game when I was
a young boy running up and down the sidelines of
our local high school football field. Dad was a coach
for close to thirty years and football was infused into
the blood of everyone in the family. Even mom could
be caught strangling the person seated next to her when
something went wrong. She was his best and most loyal
fan! And then there was my brother; who, although smaller
than most of the cheerleaders, became a first team all-state
defensive back in California.
I: Did anyone else have the same
passion for the sport that you did?
M: My sister never
suited up, but began to build a team of her
own 11 years ago. She already has 4 boys ready
to knock heads and join the squad, and one who
will have to root from the sidelines. Although football played
an import role in our family, it was second to
our faith. In fact, my brother in the midst of
his collegiate career opted to join a better team, and
one that would last for life. He threw off the
shoulder pads and put on the new man. He joined
the Legionaries of Christ, and decided to dedicate the rest
of his life to the Lord. This was the greatest
blessing that could have happened to my family, and I
am certain that a day doesn´t not go by without
one of us thanking God that he called my brother,
and that my brother has been faithful to his vocation.
What brought you out to Franciscan Univ of Steubenville?
decided to attend FUS after a year at home, attending
a local college and coaching varsity football and freshman basketball.
I can remember my desire to attend FUS throughout that
year, waiting to meet some other people who held fast
to their faith.
I: Now an FUS grad, looking
back, how was the experience?
M: I found exactly what I
was hoping for and more. It was at FUS that
I first encountered a number of people who had made
a decision to live their life for Christ, and were
ready to do this on a daily basis. People who
challenged one another and lived a spirit of Christian enthusiasm.
Secondly, it was here that I incorporated into Regnum
Christi, a decision which stands in the forefront of all
of my decisions. Through the movement I have embraced a
spirituality that has led me to a deeper relationship with
Christ and a more effective way to life out my
baptismal promises. Through the movement I was born into a
family that´s purpose is to be holy and conquer the
world for Christ.
I: Did your time with the Movement
at FUS help you decide to be a co-worker?
it was at FUS that I decided to give a
year to Christ and the Church when my life as
a student was finished. When I decided to volunteer, my
intention was to live a year totally for Christ. I
wanted to put myself on hold. Instead of the constant
receiver, I wanted to play the role of the giver.
I thought, with some overconfidence, that I had much to
offer the Lord, that I would do great things for
him and help change the world and life would be
peachy. Well, I have come to realize that I don´t
have much to offer him except my will. My talents,
knowledge and all the rest are limited, and I´m quite
sure he must go to great lengths to use them
effectively. But, my generosity is what he appreciates. My willingness
to serve him, makes my time worthwhile.
I: You were
assigned to work in Providence, RI, as a coworker; what
are your thoughts as the year draws to a close?
The life of a co-worker is not easy. We are
not driven by bosses and paychecks. It is a
challenge and a way to grow as an apostle for
Christ. When the day is done, we kneel before the
Lord with our community and ask, "Lord, how did I
live my day today? Were you the object of everything
I did?" And it is to him that we answer.
This year has been very special, and I realize that
it is a unique opportunity to grow both in the
spiritual life and basic human formation. I can´t help but
get the goosies now when I listen to Jesus´ answer
of James and John´s question, "Rabbi, where do you live?"
and his reply, "Come and see." This is his invitation
to play the game, and without a doubt I´m doing
a touchdown dance!
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