Often times, I still am amazed that I am a Priest. It is such a tremendous gift. Occasionally, I admit that it is almost embarassing to be a Priest, because it is a gift that I do not deserve in any way. This is especially true when walking up the aisle to “offer the Thanksgiving sacrifice, and call upon the name of the Lord.” Any priest who finds himself worthy of this calling, the offering of the Eucharist for God’s people, needs to take a long sabatical and get his head straightened out. We as Priests are not anywhere capable of handling the mysteries we celebrate. But….
God qualifies the called! And this is my comfort. On a personal level, I am no way deserving to lead the People of God in worship, or to preach to them. I am not worthy to be a teacher of young people. I am not worthy to hold in my hands at the altar the Son of God, or to bring Calvary to birth in people’s hearts on a daily basis. But the God who has forgiven my sins has also set me in this position, and I thank Him for that! St. Paul, quoting God’s words to him, said, “My grace is sufficient for your weakness”. How true.
How sad we are if we come to the Mass and we are not on the edge of our seat to hear the Word of God! How sad are we if we have no love for our fellow parishoner! How sad are we if we receive the Eucharist merely as a ritual. How sad! God has come to the world He created to elevate it to the heavens. We encounter this truth in a physical, living way at each Mass. How full of life should we be at the celebration of each Mass, for we hold the Living Creator of the Universe in our hands!
Despite all the silly, unfortunate, and truly tragic things that daily life throws at us, we have faith that God is here. He has a greater wisdom than we do. The sooner that we accept God’s wise plan with humility, the sooner we can discover how rich in Christ we really are.