Each year, I attend the Chrism mass at the St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans. It is at this mass during Holy Week that the archbishop blesses the oils which will be used in the parishes throughout the archdiocese in baptism, confirmation, holy orders and anointing of the sick. What really inspires me is seeing the great number of priests who serve in the New Orleans area, walk in procession -two by two – up the long aisle. Truly, there were so many in attendance this morning that they just seemed to keep coming and coming. It brought a smile to my face.
During the homily, the archbishop thanked the priests for their service. Then, he reminded the laity that we all have been anointed. By virtue of our baptism, we share in the mission of Christ – priest, prophet and king. Our priestly mission is unite our pain and suffering to the Cross for the conversion of sinners. Our job as prophet is to proclaim the good news through our words and actions. Lastly, our kingly mission is to care for the less fortunate with works of charity. The archbishop ended by challenging the students in attendance to consider God’s call to the religious life – to remain open. I hoped that his remark would spark an inkling in some young person’s heart.
I thank God for the opportunity to serve Him, by teaching and serving young people. What a gift to have a small part in planting the seeds that will (hopefully) bloom in the future!