May the word of the Lord fill you with love and bring you peace.

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/011617.cfm

 Brothers and sisters: Every high priest is taken from among men and made their representative before God, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins. He is able to deal patiently with the ignorant and erring, for he himself is beset by weakness and so, for this reason, must make sin offerings for himself as well as for the people. No one takes this honor upon himself but only when called by God, just as Aaron was. In the same way, it was not Christ who glorified himself in becoming high priest, but rather the one who said to him: You are my Son: this day I have begotten you; just as he says in another place, You are a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek. In the days when he was in the Flesh, he offered prayers and supplications with loud cries and tears to the one who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverence. Son though he was, he learned obedience from what he suffered; and when he was made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him.

All Priests are called by God. They take from Jesus the example of praying, serving and obedience. They are Priests forever in the line of Melchizedek, the last High Priest who offered bread and wine instead of animal sacrifice. Priests today offer bread and wine and through the power of the Holy Spirit it becomes the body and blood of Jesus. They are obedient to the command of our Lord, making perfect the sacrifice of Christ today.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for the gift of the Priesthood to your people. They offer us your gifts and without them, we would be left without the source and summit of our faith and our life. Receiving you daily is a great honor and privilege for me, one I do not deserve, but greedily accept. And in Jesus’ holy name I give you praise, honor and glory, Amen.

You are a priest forever, in the line of Melchizedek.

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