The Sacred hands of the Royal Priesthood of Christ
“I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father, but through me” John 14:6 Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living God told these most powerful words to his disciples. After he gave the Great Commission to his “twelve disciples to go out into the world and make disciple of all men.” John 20:21-22 From the Chair of Peter all the way to our parish Priest, they are the direct representative of Christ in our communities, in the world. We never think of them any more then just regular men. But these men have been chosen by Almighty God by speaking into their heart to take up this “special cross” and follow him more closely. These are our teacher who will lead us, teach us about the Father’s will.
CCC 1539 “But within the people of Israel, God choose one of the twelve tribes, that of Levi, and set it apart for liturgical services; God himself is it’s inheritance.” The Priest are “appointed to act on behalf of men in relation to God, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins. The Priesthood was started and chosen by God the Father after the Israelite were free from the hands of the Egyptian’s. But if you look more deeper into the Old Testament, you can read in Genesis 14:18-20 after Abram won a great victory “And Melchizedek King of Salem brought out bread and wine; he was a priest of God Most High. And he blessed him and said, “Blessed be Abram by God Most High, maker of heaven and earth; and Blessed be God Most High, who has delivered your enemies into your hands” God the Father wanted his chosen people to know about him and to worship him. God wanted to establish a covenant with us. “The Lord said to Moses, take Aaron and his sons with him, and the garments, and the anointing oil, and the bull of sin offering, and the two rams, and the basket of unleavened bread; and assemble all the congregation at the door of the tent of meeting” Leviticus 8:1-4 After Moses offered these items before the Lord thy God, God blessed Aaron and from then on, the Tribe of Levi was the group chosen to be the “Royal Priesthood” until Jesus Christ came into the world as man and became the True High Priest in order to offer the perfect sacrifice of himself on the Cross to bring us unity with the Love of His Father.
The Holy Priesthood continues to do the work of the Son of God here on the earth. The Holy Father is the Vicar of Christ upon the earth. St. Peter was the first pope appointed by Christ himself (Matthew 16:17-19) From the Cardinals, Bishops and clergy worldwide. They all have a sacred duty to take care of the flock. We are all created in the image of God. Because God love his creation and wants to have union with them, he insured that after he ascended to the Right Hand of the Father, he sends his apostles who will carry out his commandments. A Priest’s duty is twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, three hundred sixty-five days a year. The sacrament of Holy Orders leaves an imprinting upon a soul, a sacred character which can never be cancelled. Every Priest is a victim soul with Christ; his freedom and his life are sacrificed in union with Christ crucified for the salvation of souls. Even if a man decided not to be a priest anymore, the power of the Church remain with him (Cannon Law 882). A priest’s hands are blessed. Wither they end up in heaven or in hell, they are a priest forever! The responsibility is great for these chosen souls. They will be judged on how they lead their flock. They will be judge on if they were looking to follow God’s interest or themselves. We are all human being. Fallen creatures in need of the Mercy of Christ. As a universal church, we have a duty as the Church Militant here on earth to pray for our shepherds.
CCC 1568 “All priests, who are constituted in the order of priesthood by the sacrament of orders, are bound together by an intimate sacramental brotherhood.” From St. Paul to St. Pope John Paul the Great, they all shared in the unity of Christ’s love. “For God so love the world, that he sent his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him, shall never die, but have eternal life.” John 3:16 A priest administer baptisms to bring new ones into the faith and rescues them from Original Sin. They provide Holy Communion to the ones who are ready to move one step closer into the body of Christ. The Local Bishop, realizing that the world is going to be very rough on the new Christian, administer the Rite of Confirmation. He is asking for God the Holy Spirit to come upon the new Christian to give him the wisdom and grace needed to stay with Jesus. The same Bishop ordains men to become new priest and deacons to continue the unending line of service to God for his people. The union of Two people (Male and Female) who God the Father originally joined Adam and Eve together, Holy Matrimony blesses the marriage and gives them the graces to be fruitful and multiply. This special blessing is needed to strengthen the couple in remaining together through the trails of the world. The greatest of these Mercies is the forgiveness of sins in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Just as Jesus forgive a person, before he healed them, a priest who acts on behalf of Christ present, offer this same mercy to you and me. This is the first step in the healing process and an opportunity to be closer to the Most Holy Trinity. When someone is ill or near death, the priest also provides the Viaticum. It’s given to a person, getting ready to leave this life and heading into the next one. A Priest is with us every step in our lives. From Birth until Death, a Holy Man is there to bring the light of Christ into our lives daily.
Matthew 26:26-28 “Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed, and broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said; “Take, eat; this is my body.” And he took a chalice, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink of it all of you; for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins” This is the most sacred treasure that Jesus Christ gave to his disciples. The same bread and wine that is being transformed in India, Germany, Japan, the United States, Africa into becoming the Living Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ is being said at this very moment that I’m writing this blog! Calvary is being remember somewhere, by some priest in the world! Someone is being put in prison, tortured and killed for celebrating these sacred mysterious! May the blood of martyrs bring more people into the faith and may the mercy of Christ break all hardness of hearts. All Christian have a duty to the priest. A society without a priest, will not better itself. Here are two quotes from the saints. St. John Vianney said “Leave a place without a priest and after 20 years, man begins to venerate the animals” St. Francis of Assisi said, “If I should meet an angel and a priest, I would first greet the priest, for the angel is a friend of God, while the priest is God’s minister”.
I value any Priest who have prayed with me, guide me, helped me at times and offer the sacraments to me when I needed them most. I’m thankful for these men who have said yes to God. Without them, we wouldn’t have a church to continue to draw the strength to fight in this wicked world. I would be lost in the fire of hell without The Mercy of God and a priest to guide me back into the fold. Let me conclude with this prayer,
Eternal Father, Son and Holy Ghost, we take you for establishing your church with St. Peter. We thank you that you keep the church alive through all these years in existence. We thank you for the gift, which you have given to these chosen men to be a victim soul for you. We know they are not perfect. We know they are sinners just like us. We beg you, through the intercession of The Immaculate Conception, that she guide her Son’s special chosen ones, to help them through there personal trials. To comfort them when they are alone. To give them the courage to fight the spiritual and physical enemies. That their yes may bring more souls to heaven. God, grant the Mercy of your love upon these men from our Pope in Rome to the Priest at our local church, to remain ever faithful until they take their final breath. We this we pray, amen. God bless you all!
God’s blessing come upon you,