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Second Sunday after Easter

Thoughts for the Week - Fr R Taouk 
4th May 2014

St. John Chrysostom on Christ and His Priests

Let us do all we can, then, to possess the Holy Ghost and to reverence with all honour those to whom his power has been confided. In truth, great is this priestly dignity. When you forgive men's sins, they are forgiven (Jn 20). For this reason St. Paul adds: Obey those who have charge over you and yield to their will (Heb 13). Hold them in great esteem. You look after your own affairs and if they go well then there is no need for you to give an account of those of others; while the priest, even though his own life may be sound, if he does not look after yours and others under his charge, will go to hell.

Knowing their great danger, then, show them much affection. St. Paul implies this when he says: They are keeping unwearied watch over your souls because they know they will have an account to give (Heb 13). For this reason it is just that they should enjoy your esteem. For while the priest enjoys your esteem he can guide your affairs perfectly; but if you cause him to get discouraged his hands will lose their vigour and will expose him to the danger of perishing with you in the waves, no matter how strong his spirit may be. Remember what Christ said of the Jews: do what they tell you (Matt 23). For this reason St. Paul also says: We are Christ's ambassadors, then, and God appeals to you through us (2 Cor 5).

When God chooses, are we going to despise the object of his choice, caluminate him, load him with a thousand insults and having been warned not to judge our brethren, sharpen our tongues against the priests? What defence can there be for such conduct, since not seeing the beam which is in our own eye, we examine so critically the mote which is in another's? Do you not know that when you judge like this, you are preparing a more terrible judgement for yourselves? I do not say this in order to defend those who administer the sacraments unworthily; rather, I have pity for them and weep for them; however, I do not consider it just that they should be judged by their subjects, much less by the simple and ignorant. Even supposing their life to be unworthy, you, provided you take heed to the priest, will come to no harm, because it is not the purse soul which attacts you by its very purity; rather it is the work of grace. That which is entrusted to the priest only God can give, and however great may be human virtue, it will always be less than that grace. Neither angel or archangel has any power over these gifts of God.

It was no man, angel or any created power which instituted this hierarchy, but the Consoling Spirit Himself. To men God has confided a power which neither angels nor archangels ever obtained. Can there be a greater power than this? Therefore it may well be said that, on being elevated to such a sublime dignity, they have been translated to heaven, transcending our human nature as if they were free from our human passions.

'O Lord, grant us many Holy Priests!'