God does not need human intervention to Reveal Himself.
Yet, God, in His Divine and Merciful Intervention, in the Priest of His Son Jesus, on the altar of the Cross, offers us salvation in the Body and Blood of the Lamb, once, to Perfection on Calvary, and perpetually, and un-bloody, in the Eucharistic Sacrifice of the Mass--obeying Jesus' command to 'do this in memory of me.'
This, therefore, necessitates the ordained priesthood in order for us to see the face of Jesus the Christ.
"The LORD said to Moses:
'Speak to Aaron and his sons and tell them:
This is how you shall bless the Israelites.
Say to them:
The LORD bless you and keep you!
The LORD let his face shine upon you, and be gracious to you!'" Numbers 6:22-27
How fortunate are we, Catholics, to have our human hunger fed on God's gracious Love, perceiving the face of Mercy Incarnate, through the sacramental encounter with the ordained priest. How respectful should we be of the gift of this priesthood for the strengthening of our discipleship in Jesus.
And how the world needs both priests and disciples on fire with Jesus' Love!
"May God have pity on us and bless us;
may he let his face shine upon us.
So may your way be known upon earth;
among all nations, your salvation.' Psalm 67:2-3, 5-6, 8
The ordained priest does not, however, exhaust the human expression of the Priesthood of Jesus. Every baptized man and woman is baptized into the priesthood of evangelization, charity, and Mercy. Though not a priest in the degree of the ordained priest, and incapable of offering the Eucharist 'in Persona Christi,' men and women of God are participants in the Eucharistic sacrifice through their prayers, their charitable actions, and their evangelization.
The world, moreover, hungers for the face of Christ in them.
And they would be us!
"As proof that you are sons,
God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts,
crying out, “Abba, Father!”
So you are no longer a slave but a son,
and if a son then also an heir, through God." Galatians 4:4-7
The world, however, does not hunger for priests of self-righteousness, or priests of personal judgment. The world hungers for priests who bring the face of Jesus the Merciful to a world dying in half-truths, and lies, and a lack of compassion. As sons and daughters of God we must bring Jesus, hook, line, and sinker. This means we must bring the Cross--with its thorny Truth…and it's link to Easter Mercy.
"All who heard it were amazed
by what had been told them by the shepherds.
And Mary kept all these things,
reflecting on them in her heart." Luke 16:16-21
So let's ponder, like Mary, our role in the Priesthood of Jesus. And let's amaze the world as simple handmaids of Christ the Priest.
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