This is not a job. It is a vocation.
This is not an office that I hold.
I have no important social position.
I am forever marked and claimed
by the Precious Blood of Christ.
The Precious Blood of Christ is the fire in my soul
when I acknowledge its power.
In the mysteries of the cross and resurrection,
untrammeled by the limits of space and time,
this Blood is still poured out from his side,
liberating the world from its bondage to sin,
terrifying the demons
and healing those wounded by the serpent.
Each day I am privileged to do
what no person can do by their own power.
Still enveloped in human weakness
I offer the Precious Blood of Christ
to the Heavenly Father
for the redemption of the world.
I can speak words
which transform the elements of the world
opening the world to God and uniting it to him.
I can open my mouth and transform people’s lives,
absolving their sins,
washing them in the Divine Blood
and bringing them to the living God.
It is Pope Benedict who reminds us
that God has entrusted himself to my weakness,
and he considers me, in spite of my weakness,
capable of acting in his person and in his name,
he being fully present.
The Mass is the greatest work.
Everything else is the work of men and women.
The Mass is the work of God.
And St. John Vianney will remind us that
“after God, the priest is everything!
…Only in heaven will he fully realize what he is.”