Today has been designated as Priesthood Sunday. In our second reading from the letter to the Hebrews we hear: “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.” Please pray for your priests, who are your representatives before God yet are human and prone to error and sin.
May the words of the blind man, Bartimaeus, from today’s gospel, be your words, ‘Master, I want to see.” May you see in the priest, the person of Jesus Christ, and hear from his lips the words of Jesus: “go your way, your faith has saved you.” And may these words from St. John Paul the Great inspire others to answer the call to priesthood:
“Do not be afraid to break out of comfortable and routine modes of living, in order to take up the challenge of making Christ known in the modern ‘metropolis.’ It is you who must ‘go out into the byroads’ (Mt 22:9) and invite everyone you meet to the banquet which God has prepared for his people. The Gospel must not be kept hidden because of fear or indifference. It was never meant to be hidden away in private. It has to be put on a stand so that people may see its light and give praise to our heavenly Father (cf. Mt 5:15-16).”
Please pray for more vocations to the priesthood and religious life and especially, on this Priesthood Sunday, pray for all priests. Peace.