Today, I am a bit under the weather, so I have only a brief thought, and I’m lucky that I can get away with only that. I honor and pray for our priests, who celebrate Mass, anoint the Sick, hear confessions, council the sheep etc, when they are not feeling well. I am grateful, I pray for their health, and admire their servitude to God’s will and their vocation.
“Many cry to God, but not with the voice of the soul, but with the voice of the body; only the cry of the heart, of the soul, reaches God.”
“What tongue, human or angelic, may ever describe a power so immeasurable as that exercised by the simplest priest in Mass? Who could ever have imagined that the voice of man, which by nature hath not the power even to raise a straw from the ground, should obtain through grace a power so stupendous as to bring from Heaven to earth the Son of God?”
St. Leonard of Port Maurice
Recently I was told that a priest, who was very helpful to me in my youth, died. I thought back to my younger years, before marriage and children, when I was barely an adult, and he was fresh out of the seminary, a newly ordained priest, and I thanked God for his anointed hands, and for his life dedicated to the priesthood. Although A young man, he spoke to me with inspiration, wisdom, and the dedication of God’s appointed shepherd, a spiritual guide, a priestly father.
This is the time of year for Ordinations, and anniversaries of the same. Celebrating these men, God’s Anointed, for their fiats.
Many holy people have touched my life that is certain. So, what’s so special about a priest? Here it is, in my opinion… because God is the Creator , and He said we need priests. He should know, right?
I change the oil in my car, when the the maintenance indicator tells me to, because the manufacturer says that’s what it needs to run efficiently. Well I kind of think of a priest as the mechanic of my soul. Our Creator set up a maintenance plan, Baptism, Confession, Eucharist, Confirmation, Anointing of the Sick, then gave our priests special hands capable of keeping us spiritually in tune. We though, are very precious to our Father, so He ordained that these “mechanics” had to be holy, compassionate and faithful. They had to love us as He does, like children. It is their gift and burden. It’s not a burden forced upon them. On the contrary, it is a grace, very tenderly offered, and selectively given. It is the fiat of a man, lovingly requested. Thus the birth of a Priest, forever, in the line of Melchizedek.