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‘And has made us to be a kingdom, and priests to serve his God and Father’ (Revelation 1:6)

All that John knew of priests taught him that a priest did not live for himself; he loved for God and for other people. Christ has done something so well, that those who join with him, begin to share his priestly vocation.

Those for whom Jesus has made a difference speak not just of their release from the prison of meaninglessness and guilt. They have caught, as well, the adventure and romance of service, which he has called them to. Jesus introduces his followers to the thrill of living for that which is infinitely greater than ourselves. Nelson Mandela is one of last century's great men, because he received from the religion of Jesus, great things to live and die for-courage, magnanimity, mercy, steadfastness, liberty. Jesus makes priests out of his disciples by giving them causes to work for, values to stand for, which have a direct and lasting benefit to other people. From him we learn to value the environment, because it is God-given. From him we learn to take up the cause of the weak, and the oppressed. From him we learn to strive for liberty and justice for all. From him we receive a decent religion; not an irrelevant and petty sectarianism, but a pro-active spirituality that meets humanity in the thick of its pain. He has made US priests.

 

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