Sunday 25th October – 30th Sunday of the year
Reflection: Hebrews 5: 1-6
CALLED BY GOD
Scripture gives us several accounts both of men and women who were called by God. These people were called and set aside from their ordinary lives because God had a specific assignment for them. Abraham had to leave his fatherland in Ur of the Chaldeans; David had to leave his duty as a shepherd, Elisha had to leave his farm, oxen and family; Peter, Andrew, James and John had to leave their fishing businesses and families.
All of us, baptized Christians have been called by God into the common priesthood of all believers (CCC 1268). But there is another kind of priesthood – the ministerial priesthood which is possessed by bishops and priests. While our calling requires that we strive for holiness in the midst of our ordinary lives, the calling of our priests is much different. They are specifically called to share in the priesthood of Christ, offering the sacrifice of the Eucharist for us and leading us on in our path to holiness. This special call is one that leads them into a different kind of life altogether.
Dear friends, if we recognize that our priests have been specifically called by God what should be our attitude towards them? First, we must be careful of what we say about them as we are not in position to judge God’s servant and such judgment may have unpleasant repercussions for us just as it did for Miriam (Num 12). In addition, if there are no priests, there will be no sacraments – no access to confession or the Eucharist. Hence, we must be grateful to them for the sacrifice they make in yielding to God’s call and show that gratitude in supporting them. Finally, they too, like us, live in the limitations of weakness (Heb 5:2) hence, it is our responsibility to pray for them constantly, asking the Lord to strengthen them and help them lead His flock aright.
PRAYER: Thank you dear Lord for the gift of our priests. Please strengthen them in their vocation and help me to treat them with love and respect always. Amen.
KNOW YOUR FAITH: YOUCAT 250 – How does the Church understand the sacrament of Holy Orders?
The priests of the Old covenant saw their duty as mediating between heavenly and earthly things, between God and his people. Since Christ is the “one mediator between God and men” (1 Tim 2:5), he perfected and ended that priesthood. After Christ there can be an ordained priesthood only in Christ, in Christ’s sacrifice on the Cross, and through a calling and apostolic mission from Christ.
HIDE A TREASURE: “One does not take the honour upon himself, but he is called by God just as Aaron was” Hebrews 5:4 RSV-CE
Today’s Readings: Jeremiah 31: 7-9; Psalm 126: 1-6; Hebrews 5: 1-6; Mark 10: 46-52