A Royal Priesthood

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We know that Jesus is the Son of God, the Messiah. He came to us as priest, prophet and king. As Christians, we share in those ministries of Christ.

In the second reading today from 1 Peter 2, St. Peter says you are “a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people of his own…” So, what exactly is this notion of us being part of a royal priesthood? I’m not a priest!

Actually, I am, in a way; and so are you. Through our baptism, we become part of the “priesthood of all believers.” The Catechism of the Catholic Church speaks of this (1268, 1546). While this differs in kind with the ministerial (ordained) priesthood, we all minister to the needs of one another, and offer a sacrifice of praise to God.

Father, we thank you for the opportunity to share in the priestly ministry of Christ Jesus. May we always offer a sacrifice of praise to you. Amen.

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