Shadows of autonomy! Aura of perfection! Vestiges of infallibility?
These are the concepts that tarnish our priesthood.
Like rusted chains dangling from our feet. These are the allegiances we’ve made to disguise our wounds; our shortcomings. Like the rain imposes her mood over a sunny day, we impose our earthly conceptions of the Kingdom over others.
But why is this? Maybe because we, like Adam & Eve, took a bite of the forbidden fruit hoping to be “like God”. How close we are to the throne and yet so far. We’ve become oblivious to the essence of a vulnerable Christ.
The incarnate God who came to us in the form of a tiny baby; An unpretentious carpenter; Isn’t he the “son of Mary and Joseph”? Yes, the teacher from Galilee. As if “anything good comes from there”.
Let us reason and reconsider!
Our priesthood is not determined by our proximity to the holy of holies but by our acknowledgement of the grace of God working through our vulnerabilities.
Our allegiance is to Christ the one who “being in very nature God, made himself nothing for the sake of serving us. Therefore, let us minister to others in the same way.