I’m still amazed at how Jesus, the High Priest, the only priest, works through us who have been ordained to be instruments of his priesthood. There have been so many times where it was so very obvious even to blind me that Jesus was happy to work through my priesthood that it seems I almost heard him say often enough: “Hey! Did you see that!” And that, of course, would leave me laughing. This would generally take place when the stakes of the irony were so great that the entire heavenly court just had to be looking on. To be Jesus’ priest is to be in a band of brothers because Jesus is the One, the only One.
Those are your 25 years Jesus. I’m sorry for the times I got in your way. I’m sorry for the times I’ve sinned, set a bad example, when I was afraid. Thank you for your patience. I’m happy to be available to you for your priestly service.
Jesus makes it so that I love to hear confessions, I love to offer Holy Mass, I love to preach, I love to be with him as he exercises his priesthood. I love to be in reverence before him by his grace. I love that absolutely none of that has anything whatsoever to do with me. It’s all his grace. That’s so clear. My one desire is to have the purity of heart and agility of soul to be available for him to take up residence with the Father and the Holy Spirit in my mind and heart and soul. It’s all about Jesus. Only Jesus. Jesus!