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Imitation of Jesus, Priest and Victim, and the Grace of Celibacy
Homiletic and Pastoral Review ^ | 2/6/13 | Fr. Dwight Campbell

Posted on 02/08/2013 7:37:28 AM PST by marshmallow

By reason of our priestly consecration, we are called to be perfect imitators of Christ; we are called to be priests and victims in the manner of Jesus who is the Priest and Victim.

(This was a talk delivered at a day of recollection for a group of young priests in Rockford, Illinois, in 2011.)

Our Savior, Jesus Christ, is the Eternal High Priest who offered himself on the Cross as the true Paschal Lamb and Unblemished Victim for our redemption. By reason of our priestly consecration, we are called to be perfect imitators of him; we are called to be priests and victims in the manner of Jesus who is the Priest and Victim.

In his homily for the Chrism Mass of 2009, Pope Benedict XVI links Christ’s dual role as Priest and Victim to Our Lord’s own priestly prayer of consecration at the Last Supper, and shows how, with these same words, Jesus instituted the priesthood with his Apostles. At his Last Supper discourse, our Lord invokes the Father and prays: “Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. And for their sake I consecrate myself, so that they also may be consecrated in truth” (Jn 17:17-19).

First, Benedict identifies priestly consecration with sanctification and with sacrifice, and says that consecration understood in this sense:

… defines essence of the priesthood: it is a transfer of ownership, a being taken out of the world and given to God…. a departure from the milieu of worldly life—a “being set apart” for God…. (It means that) the priest is removed from worldly bonds and given over to God, and precisely in this way, starting with God, he must be available for others, for everyone.

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