You are a priest forever according to the order of
Later in this passage Paul lists the characteristics of the new
Christian priesthood. The office is eternal, not fleeting.
These priests are appointed by God, not heredity. But the
most startling quality Paul cites is that a high priest “is able to
deal patiently with the ignorant and erring, for he himself is
beset by weakness.” Not “acquainted with” but beset or
beleaguered by weakness. No wonder the priesthood is
losing numbers. But then Paul says that when Jesus was “in
the Flesh, he offered prayers and supplications with loud
cries and tears.” A priest can bear his office, and we can bear
our lives, because Christ suffered all the inexpressible sorrow
and pain and guilt we’ve each experienced and cannot tell,
and he redeemed it all.
Daily Inspirations are excerpted from 2017: A Book of Grace-Filled Days by Amy Andrews ©2016 Loyola Press. All Rights Reserved.
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