Our first Reading begins today with a deathbed conversation between a father and his son. God had promised David that if his sons remained faithful to him, he would always have someone from his line on the throne. He told Solomon, “Keep the mandate of the Lord.”
Words under the shadow of death carry extra weight, for death has a way of bringing things into perspective… what is essential and what is not, what is passing and what will go on.
“Take and eat… this is my body; Take and drink… this is my blood. Broken for you… shed for you…. Do this in memory of me.” Listen and hold them… can you feel their weight? These are the words Jesus said when the time of his death drew near.
With his authority passed on through his holy Church, we hear them from the mouths of our priests each day. What do we do with this? Do we listen, or do we choose to ignore?
“I, as a priest, am the father of Jesus sacramental. I even have more intrinsic power over our Lord than Saint Joseph. Our Lord obeys me as He did Saint Joseph; he honors and loves me.” (Saint Peter Julian Eymard, Great Retreat of Rome)
When Jesus sent out the Twelve, with his authority, he said to them, “Whatever place does not welcome you or listen to you, leave there and shake the dust off your feet in testimony against them.” (Mark 6:11)
Maybe the house that got Peter would have preferred James instead, but it was not up to them. We do not choose our priests or bishops; they are a gift to us. May we always remain faithful and humbly submit to the authority that Jesus himself passed on, keeping the mandate of the Lord.
Let us pray:
May the Lord accept the sacrifice at your hands for the praise and glory of his name, for our good and the good of all his holy Church. (Prayer of the Faithful… response)
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