Sunday of priests
42 The Lord answered, "Who then is the faithful and wise manager, whom the master puts in charge of his servants to give them their food allowance at the proper time?
43 It will be good for that servant whom the master finds doing so when he returns.
44 I tell you the truth; he will put him in charge of all his possessions.
45 But suppose the servant says to himself, 'My master is taking a long time in coming,' and he then begins to beat the menservants and maidservants and to eat and drink and get drunk.
46 The master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he is not aware of. He will cut him to pieces and assign him a place with the unbelievers.
47 "That servant who knows his master's will and does not get ready or does not do what his master wants will be beaten with many blows.
48 But the one who does not know and does things deserving punishment will be beaten with few blows. From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.
Starting this Sunday, the weeks of the three commemorations begin: the commemoration of priests, of blessed people and of souls.
Today’s Gospel is that of loyalty to the responsibility, wisdom in power and the fact of staying awake in order to establish the Kingdom of God on earth. It is the Kingdom of love and justice, each one according to his responsibilities.
The priest is absolutely the man of the responsibility. Jesus entrusted him to distribute the divine grace and the new life by celebrating the salvation’s sacraments and to establish the group of charity. The priest is then the servant of Jesus Christ; he does what Jesus did himself because He let him be a part of His priesthood so he can serve people and give them, at time, the nutrition of the Word, the grace and the charity.
The priest’s duty is then to raise faith in souls. He visits as a father the sons of his parish and raises in them the faith by teaching and preaching work, he guides them to live the sacraments that they had such as Baptism, Marriage and Eucharist. We must not forget his role in the organization of the parishioner work and the religious culture so that seculars assume the required duties in the service of Church and give as much as they have from experience, knowledge and loyalty.
The duty of the priest is not only limited to the organization work, he is also the sweet father who bends on his parish’s sons and on every one in need who comes to him. The love of God sends him to each one he meets during the day and during his work so that he can send the Lord’s grace to all.
Every Christian is also entrusted to make the Word of Jesus reach each person because due to Baptism he became united with Jesus Christ and responsible of spreading the Word of Gospel wherever he goes. At this moment, he presents a real service to man and society and he becomes a part of Church not only in words but in action.
We ask you God, on priests’ Sunday, to help us to be a real tool in order to accomplish Your peace in this world and then each one of us look for considering every person as his brother in humanity and as the son of God who deserves our respect, our love and our sacrifice for him.