Fr. Paul Jerome 50th Anniversary of Ordination

Fr. Paul Jerome 50th Anniversary of Ordination

This year I celebrate 50 years of priesthood. Even before I was ordained, Mass has always been the core of my life. I am not aware of ever being bored at Mass. But certainly through sleepiness or fatigue or aches and pains, my empty head was not aware of the great reality taking place at the Altar. The One who made himself our Saviour, and allows us to call him our Friend and our Brother and our Divine Bridegroom, happens likewise to be infinite, eternal, immutable, the omnipotent One and the omniscient One, Absolute Being.

When you analyze it, here is a mere creature calling down the Infinite and the Eternal upon the Earth. Nothingness is commanding or calling down the Absolute upon the altar. When the priest says, "this is my Body, this is my Blood", the Supreme Being is making himself obedient to a Nobody. Who would dare touch the Host or the Chalice after consecration if Jesus had not commanded us to do so. The priest takes up the Host and breaks it into as many pieces as are needed for feeding  those coming to Holy Communion. It is so easy to be unaware of Who we are handling. One wonders how the Infinite can put himself beneath the finite, and obedient to the finite. This is the mystery the priesthood involves. It leaves a person humbled and speechless!

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