Friday, October 5, 2012

words filled with the WORD

I love being a Catholic priest. Sometimes, I guess, a priest can ask himself, is this worth it? What's the point of it all? And every now and then, there will be a random phone call where someone needs to just talk; there will be someone you run into at the store; there will be a student or a teacher that needs some direction in their current life; there will be a school Mass that needs to be celebrated...and out of nowhere, the Lord will touch someone the words that he gives us...even if we don't know it. The person will hear exactly what they needed to hear. Or it will be through our example that they will learn something about Christ.

And it is in those moments that we sometimes stop and was totally from God. I could not have done that on my own. The healing and peace that came from these spoken words are filled with the WORD of God...spoken before time...

Being a Catholic priest is pretty awesome. I laugh at all the attacks against the priesthood because most of them are based on misunderstandings of what the priesthood is. Sure, there are troubled people in it at times...but...these people are, at a deeper level, hurt or wounded in some way...and in reality, people with a broken, wounded, and hurt nature are found EVERYWHERE...not just in the priesthood. They can be your neighbor, your co-worker, your family member...your lawyer, dentist, cashier, or bank teller....

What makes the priesthood different is that, regardless of how hurt or holy the person is, Christ uses that man as an instrument for his healing and strength. He becomes another Christ for others. And if that individual cooperates with the grace and that reality, so much goodness can come forth into his life and the lives around him...but only if he is willing...

If he is willing...then his life and his words that are already filled with the WORD of God will have an incredible transforming effect on those around him.


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