Friends of the Rosary:
Today we celebrate the Feast of Our Lord Jesus Christ, the Eternal High Priest.
The feast focuses firstly on Jesus’ Priestly Office as He is considered the model for believers, and for the clergy in particular, with priests acting In persona Christi (“In the person of Christ”).
The laity is thus urged to pray that priests would be more like Christ, the compassionate and trustworthy high priest (Hebrews 2:17), ever-living to intercede for humanity before The Father (Heb 7:25).
The entry from the Roman Martyrology (2005) reads:
The Feast of Our Lord Jesus Christ, The Eternal High Priest, according to the order of Melchizedek. In him, the Father has been well pleased from before all time.
As a Mediator between God and human beings, fulfilling his Father’s will, he sacrificed himself once on the altar of the Cross as a saving Victim for the whole world.
Thus, instituting the pattern of an everlasting sacrifice, with a brother’s kindness he chose, from among the children of Adam, men to augment the priesthood, so that, from the sacrifice continually renewed in the Church, streams of divine power might flow, whereby a new heaven and a new earth might be made, and throughout the whole universe there would be perfected what no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor has entered into the human heart.
Jesus, I Trust In You!
+ Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York