Living Waters

The priestly vocation is characterized by [human] reconciliation and healing which testifies to the presence of the kingdom of God even in the midst of a broken world, a world governed by powers and principalities that deny the world its eucharistic identity. But it is a world in which God is "making everything new"(REV 21:5).  A sacramental worldview brings to the fore the importance of the priestly vocation, a vocation not limited to the clergy but intended for all members of the church, for [humanity's] destiny is to be a kingdom of priests (EX 19:6). Humanity has a unique responsibility in this sacramental world which is underwritten, sustained, made visible and mediated by the church, sacramental reality of the world. This responsibility is first and foremost a priestly role, established through Christ's fulfillment of the priestly role given to Adam. …The clergy as set apart from the laity are so set apart only to reveal the priestly role (1PET 2:9) of all those baptized into the body of Christ.  Siedell, D

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