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Your Work Is Priestly Work | #932

Fr. Joel Homilies

Corpus Christi (C) Today we thank God the Father because: By the anointing of the Holy Spirit you made your only begotten Son High Priest of the new and eternal covenant, and by your wondrous design were pleased to decree that this one Priesthood should continue in the church.

This one priesthood continues in all the faithful, who offer praise and sacrifice daily to the Father in their homes and places of work. “With a brother’s kindness” God calls men to “lay down their lives” as ministerial priests. These men offer bread and wine to the faithful to nourish them with Jesus and with charity. It is amazing what God does with the gifts of bread and wine; imagine what he can do with the gift of your life and mine! (24 June 2019)

Going Deeper: How have you exercised priesthood today as a Baptized member of the Body of Christ? Answer in the comments below.

How beautiful will be the day when all the baptized understand that their work, their job, is a priestly work; that just as I celebrate Mass at this altar, so each carpenter celebrates Mass at his workbench, and each metalworker, each professional, each doctor with a scalpel, the market woman at her stand, is performing priestly office! How many cabdrivers, I know, listen to this message there in their cabs; you are a priest at the wheel, my friend, if you work with honesty, consecrating that taxi of yours to God, bearing a message of peace and love to the passengers who ride in your cab.

The Violence of Love, a collection of works of Saint Oscar Romero

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