Thursday, March 28, 2013

Pope Francis on the Good Priest

This morning in his Chrism Mass with his priests Pope Francis described being a servant for others like the image from Psalm 133: “...the precious oil upon the head, running down upon the beard, on the beard of Aaron, running down upon the collar of his robe” (Ps 133:2).  Like the oils he blessed, the good service overflow all bonds, blessing everything. 

He went on with this description of "the good priest":
A good priest can be recognized by the way his people are anointed. This is a clear test. When our people are anointed with the oil of gladness, it is obvious: for example, when they leave Mass looking as if they have heard good news. Our people like to hear the Gospel preached with “unction”, they like it when the Gospel we preach touches their daily lives, when it runs down like the oil of Aaron to the edges of reality, when it brings light to moments of extreme darkness, to the “outskirts” where people of faith are most exposed to the onslaught of those who want to tear down their faith. People thank us because they feel that we have prayed over the realities of their everyday lives, their troubles, their joys, their burdens and their hopes. And when they feel that the fragrance of the Anointed One, of Christ, has come to them through us, they feel encouraged to entrust to us everything they want to bring before the Lord: “Pray for me, Father, because I have this problem”, “Bless me”, “Pray for me” – these words are the sign that the anointing has flowed down to the edges of the robe, for it has turned into prayer. The prayers of the people of God. 
That sense of the oil that runs down over everything -- pretty wonderful.  


Anonymous said...

hi, I'm from Italy.
I saw your post about the white crucifixion. In his book "the Jesuit" cardinal Bergoglio said that his preferred religious painting is the white crucifixion of Chagall
ciao, Cristina

Jim McDermott said...

How about that! Thank you so much Christina! Grazie mille!