Life on the Chrism Trail

Homily for Wednesday of the Fourth Week of Lent

March 30, 2022
St. Joseph Seminary College
Covington, Louisiana

Isaiah 49: 8-15
Psalm 145:8-9, 13cd-14, 17-18
John 5:17-30

“Most Reverend Father, Holy Mother Church asks you to ordain this man, our brother, for service as a priest.” These are words from the Rite of Ordination of priests. We have all heard these words before. As seminarians and as priests, and even as a bishop, they are words that simply lay before us reality in the order of grace and nature. They are words that are worthy of our reflection as we discern and continue to be formed in the mystery of the priesthood and its significance pastorally amidst the mystery of the Church.

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