October 31
Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time

The Gift of the Priesthood – The BIG Reveal

Dt 6:2-6/ Heb 7:23-28 / Mk 12:28b-34

Today’s reading from the Letter to the Hebrews invites us to ponder the gift of the priesthood.   In this passage, we read of the beauty of Jesus’ perfect priesthood, and all that was given to us in that sacrifice.  It also calls to mind the beautiful sacrifices made by our earthly priests.  But does it call to mind the beauty of YOUR own priesthood — the one to which you were anointed in Baptism?  A key function of the priesthood is to open a way of access to God.  Obviously Jesus did this for us, and so do our parish priests today.  How do your own sacrifices do this for you and those around you?  How does your prayer life and your handling of suffering reflect the priesthood?  If these are difficult questions for you, perhaps it is time for you to make a real connection with the priests around you.  Invite one or two to walk with you as you grow in your faith.  Learn and be inspired by them.   And by all means, pray for them.