HOMILY OF THE HOLY FATHER FRANCIS
Sunday, April 17, 2016
These our sons and brothers were called to the order of presbyter. As you know, the Lord Jesus is the only High Priest of the New Testament, but in Him even all the holy people of God was formed priestly people. Nevertheless, among all his disciples, the Lord Jesus wants to choose a few in particular, because exercising publicly in the Church in his name the office priesthood in favor of all men, continued his personal mission as teacher, priest and shepherd.
After mature reflection, now we are to elevate the order of priests these brothers, because the service of Christ, Teacher, Priest, Pastor, cooperate to build up the Body of Christ which is the Church in the People of God and the Temple of the Holy Spirit.
They will indeed be configured to Christ the Eternal High Priest, that will be consecrated as true priests of the New Testament, and as such, that unites them in the priesthood to their bishop, will be preachers of the Gospel, pastors of God's people, and will preside over the actions of worship, especially in the celebration of the Lord's sacrifice.
As for you, beloved sons and brothers who were to be promoted to the order of the priesthood, consider that exercising the ministry of the Holy Doctrine will be sharers in the mission of Christ, the only Master. Dispensed to all the Word of God, the Word that you yourselves have received with joy. Take memory of your history, of that gift of the Word that the Lord has given you by the mother, the grandmother - as Saint Paul says -, catechists and the whole Church. Read and ponder diligently the Word of the Lord to believe what you read, teach what you have learned in faith, live what you have taught.
Whether therefore nourishes the People of God, your doctrine, joy and support to the faithful of Christ the scent of your life, because with the word and example - go together: word and example - edify the house of God, which is the Church . You will continue the sanctifying work of Christ. Through your ministry, the spiritual sacrifice of the faithful is made perfect because the joint to the sacrifice of Christ, that for your hands, in the name of the whole Church is offered in an unbloody manner on the altar in the celebration of the Holy Mysteries.
Understand, then, that you do. Imitate what you celebrate, because participating in the mystery of the death and resurrection of the Lord, bear the death of Christ in your sin and to walk with Him in newness of life. Bring Christ's death in yourself, and walk with Christ in newness of life. Without the cross you will never find the real Jesus; and a cross without Christ does not make sense.
In Baptism you incorporate new faithful into the People of God. With the Sacrament of Penance forgive sins in the name of Christ and the Church. And, please, in the name of the same Jesus Christ, the Lord, and in the name of the Church, I ask you to be merciful, the compassionate. With holy oil will give relief to the sick. Celebrating the sacred rites and raising in the different hours of the day the prayer of praise and supplication, you will do the voice of the People of God and all of humanity.
Aware of having been chosen among men. Chosen, do not forget this. Chosen! And 'the Lord who has called you, one by one. Chosen from among men and made in their favor, and not in my favor!
In filial communion with your Bishop, strive to unite the faithful in one family to lead them to God the Father through Christ in the Holy Spirit. Have ever in mind the example of the Good Shepherd, who came not to be served but to serve; to seek and save that which was lost.