Two Sacraments …. two mysteries of faith.
How can a piece of bread contain God, the Creator of the Universe?
How can to the ordinary man be granted such a power, to transform the bread into the Body of Christ? And yet … this is exactly what Jesus did during the Last Supper.
Lk 22:19 – “Then he took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, 'This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.”
What is the primary purpose and task of a priest? What is his ultimate vocation? The answer we can find in the life and mission of Christ. So what was the primary reason of the incarnation of the second Person if the Holy Trinity?
- Was it the healing of the sick?
- Was it the feeding of the hungry?
- Was it the social justice work?
- Or was it maybe the making His disciples feel good?
I think it was none of the above!'!!
He, the High Priest was the Priest for two reasons, which finally come to the only one:
- the GLORY OF GOD and the SALVATION OF THE CHILDREN OF GOD!
John 4:34 – “My food is to do the will of the one who sent me, and to complete his work.”
John 17:3 – “And eternal life is this: to know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.”
John 18:37 – “Jesus answering Pilate said, 'It is you who say that I am a king. I was born for this, I came into the world for this, to bear witness to the truth; and all who are on the side of truth listen to my voice.”
Mt 28:19 – “Go, therefore, make disciples of all nations; baptise them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit”
So Glory of God and sanctification of the members of Christ's Church.
2Tim 4:1 nn – “Before God and before Christ Jesus who is to be judge of the living and the dead, I charge you, in the name of his appearing and of his kingdom, proclaim the message and, welcome or unwelcome, insist on it. Refute falsehood, correct error, give encouragement -- but do all with patience and with care to instruct.”
It will be a betrayal to anything else. Like searching popularity, luxury, easy life, career etc.
The Founder of my Society of the Divine Saviour left us the Salvatorians the words of our vocation: “As long as there is one person in the world who doesn’t know and love Jesus Christ you cannot rest. Preach Jesus Christ with all means dictated by the love of God and love of your brothers and sisters.”
Parish in communistic Russia, since 1918 no priest for almost 90 years …
Church turned or transformed in to kolkhoz’s storage facility …
After three generations of prayers they got a priest …
· Lord Jesus Christ, the only One and Eternal Priest,
we thank You for sending us Your priest;
Your servant whom You chose and appointed to be among us.
He is the minister of Your mysteries,
and the pastor for our community.
We ask You to give him faithfulness and perseverance in Your holy service
and to give us a living faith in knowing that You sent him to us
and instituted him as our pastor and spiritual guide.
Help us to understand that his first and primary obligation
is to help us to become saints.
This is the ultimate reason that You sent him to our community.
· Give him a spirit of wisdom and good council.
Give him the strength of fatherly love.
Give him the courage to tell us the truth,
You're the Truth and we have to know the TRUTH, to be free,
Give him the courage and perseverance to teach us the ultimate TRUTH
and not to compromise Your Good News for the sake of popularity.
And give us the gift of acceptance, respect and caring,
so that we can attentively listen to his word and trust that
he is preaching Your Good News,
even if it seems sometimes awkward and challenging,
Even if our ears are itching ...
· You chose him from among us and for us,
a man who sometimes falls down because of his own weaknesses,
but also who has to deal with our weaknesses and sins.
Give us both patience and mutual understanding.
Give him health and patience in his difficult work and responsibilities.
· May he be for us a good Pastor,
May he be for us a good and truthful Teacher,
May he be for us a strong and courageous Prophet,
who guides us to Heaven,
where You our Eternal Pastor are waiting for us;
in the Kingdom of Your Father in the unity of the Holy Spirit one God for ever and ever. Amen.