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Posted on 01/12/2014 2:47:06 AM PST by markomalley
At his daily Mass on Saturday morning at the Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis spoke about the priesthood. A true priest, he said, anointed by God for His people, has a close relationship with Jesus. When that relationship is missing, the priest becomes smarmy, [unctuous, It: unctuoso] an idolater, a worshiper of the god Narcissus.
Pope Francis homily was entirely dedicated to the priesthood. Commenting on the passage from first letter of St. John, where the Apostle says that we have eternal life because we believe in the name of Jesus, the Pope asks about the relationship of priests with Jesus, because the strength of a priest is in this relationship. When Jesus was growing in popularity, the Pope said, He went to the Father, He retreated to a deserted place to pray. This is a kind of touchstone for priests he said: whether or not we seek to find Jesus. What is the place of Jesus Christ in my priestly life? Is it a living relationship, from the disciple to the Master, from brother to brother, from the poor man to God, or is it a somewhat artificial relationship... that does not come from the heart?
We are anointed by the Spirit, and when a priest is far from Jesus Christ he can lose this unction. In his life, no: essentially he has it... but he loses it. And instead of being anointed he ends up being smarmy. And how damaging to the Church are smarmy priests! Those who put their strength in artificial things, in vanity, in an attitude... in a cutesy language... But how often do we hear it said with sorrow: This is a butterfly-priest, because they are always vain... [This kind of priest] does not have a relationship with Jesus Christ! He has lost the unction: he is smarmy.
Pope Francis continued:
We priests have so many limits. We are sinners, all. But if we go to Jesus Christ, if we seek the Lord in prayer prayer of intercession, prayer of adoration we are good priests, even though we are sinners. But if we are far from Jesus Christ, we necessarily compensate for this with other, worldly attitudes. And so [we see] all these figures... priest-wheeler dealers, priest-tycoons... But the priest who adores Jesus Christ, the priest who talks with Jesus Christ, the priest who seeks Jesus Christ and who is allowed to seek Jesus Christ: this is the centre of our life. If that is not there, we lose everything. And what will we give to the people?
Our relationship with Jesus Christ, a relationship of anointing for the people, Pope Francis said, grows in us priests more and more each day:
But it is good to find priests who have given their lives as priests, truly, of whom the people say: Yes, hes difficult, hes this or that... But he is a priest! And people know! On the other hand, when people see priest idolaters, so to speak, priests who instead of having Jesus have little idols... worshippers of the god Narcissus... When people see [priests like this] they say poor guy! The relationship with Jesus Christ saves us from worldliness and idolatry that makes us smarmy, preserves us in the anointing [we have received]. And today, this is my hope for you who have been kind enough to come here to concelebrate with me: Even if you lose everything in life, dont lose this relationship with Jesus Christ! This is your victory. Go forward with this!
If the Pope objects to "smarmy," "unctuous" priests, why has he recently placed greater trust in Cardinal Donald Wuerl? I guess he doesn't object to smarmy, unctuous Cardinals.
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God Bless and pray for this wonderful Pope! I know the haters want him gone.
God Bless Pope Francis!
a priest is Christ ?
Do not be silly. No.
Your ancestors ate the manna in the desert, but they died;
this is the bread that comes down from heaven so that one may eat it and not die.
I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world.”
The Jews quarreled among themselves, saying, “How can this man give us (his) flesh to eat?”
Jesus said to them, “Amen, amen, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you.
Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him on the last day.
For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink
Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him.
Just as the living Father sent me and I have life because of the Father, so also the one who feeds on me will have life because of me.
This is the bread that came down from heaven. Unlike your ancestors who ate and still died, whoever eats this bread will live forever.”
These things he said while teaching in the synagogue in Capernaum
Then many of his disciples who were listening said, “This saying is hard; who can accept it?”
Since Jesus knew that his disciples were murmuring about this, he said to them, “Does this shock you?
What if you were to see the Son of Man ascending to where he was before?
It is the spirit that gives life, while the flesh is of no avail. The words I have spoken to you are spirit and life.
But there are some of you who do not believe.” Jesus knew from the beginning the ones who would not believe and the one who would betray him.
And he said, “For this reason I have told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted him by my Father.”
As a result of this, many (of) his disciples returned to their former way of life and no longer accompanied him
Jesus then said to the Twelve, “Do you also want to leave?”
Simon Peter answered him, “Master, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.
We have come to believe and are convinced that you are the Holy One of God.”
Jesus answered them, “Did I not choose you twelve? Yet is not one of you a devil?”
He was referring to Judas, son of Simon the Iscariot; it was he who would betray him, one of the Twelve. [John 6: 49-71]
The priest is another Christ (serving within and through the power and authority of Christ Himself).
Thank-you for your help. I was a bit cautous, did not want to deal with another misinterpiting. God Bless.
These are good lessons he is reminding us.
It seems he is slowly moving the church away from the “worldly” things. I wonder how he is going to reform the church bank.
The priest is ordained to act in the place of Christ.
Vlad says the priest is ANOTHER Christ
And you thank vlad for clarification.
oooo kay ... got it
Hey I made an honest mistake and needed help. No one is perfect.
Thank-you also for the teaching lesson!
**We priests have so many limits. We are sinners, all. But if we go to Jesus Christ, if we seek the Lord in prayer prayer of intercession, prayer of adoration we are good priests, even though we are sinners.**
I wish people understood this.
I wish people understood THAT.
Though Jesus DID say there are none good, I wanted to state the basic biblical position for a sinner to receive help
2 Chronicles 7:14
Through the picture you can see that Catholics go to Confession and God forgives their sins.
Catechism of the Catholic Church
1449 The formula of absolution used in the Latin Church expresses the essential elements of this sacrament: the Father of mercies is the source of all forgiveness. He effects the reconciliation of sinners through the Passover of his Son and the gift of his Spirit, through the prayer and ministry of the Church:
God, the Father of mercies,
When you take out all the grammatical addendums, you're left with the basic argument non-Catholics have with Catholics, and that is;
It doesn't matter (to the church) what God has done, or is ... because without 'the church' God isn't or can't do anything to or for people .. His creation.
God made us but He has chosen to neuter His power with/over us voluntarily and give that power to fallible men.
fallible men governing fallible men according to an infallible God
It just doesn't make sense.
It DOES make sense for a fallible man to approach an infallible God, have a conversation, and get results first hand.