Saturday, June 23, 2012

No Women Priests...and why...

No Women Priests...and why...

I was preparing to go to Holy Mass at St. Stephen the Martyr, talking about the clustering of the two parishes, and how we need more priests.  The woman I was talking to said, "We need women priests." I was very clear, I said NO.  Man is God's only priest, and from the beginning that it is how it has been.

But instead of just saying, "No".  I think I owe her and explanation of why there is no women priests and why there can never be. Just by saying No to her, I haven't taught her anything.  I'd like to correct that.

The way for Jesus to come was prepared for, it was not a random act of God.  It is no coincidence that the sacrifice for the Passover of the Jews was the blood of a MALE lamb, and a lamb without blemish.  And as God wastes nothing, but takes what came before and transforms the pascal sacrifice into something greater, Jesus. And with his sacrifice on the cross, his cross is 're-presented' at each Holy Mass.  I'm not a priest or theologian, so I will borrow someone else's words that explains this:

"The Mass is the Sacrifice of the Mystical Body of Christ, and is one with Calvary, which was the Sacrifice of the Physical Body of Christ. " James P. Wasel 

So in a way, it is like you are walking up Calvary every time you go to Holy Mass.  All the more reason to dress appropriately.  (Ladies please leave the mini skirts and the stripper heels at home.)

This holy sacrifice only happens because of one person that is present at the Holy Mass. The Priest.  Without his anointed hands, we have no Holy Mass, no sacraments, we have nothing.  For a priest is "Altus Christus" or another Christ.  For Christ is truly present at each Holy Mass acting in the place of the priest when the priest says.  "This is my body..."  So if Christ is truly present then only a man can act as "Altus Christus".

In the Old Law, only MEN from the tribe of Levi could be God's priests.  Twelve male apostles are also no accident either.  With the coming of Jesus, his sacrifice and institution of the Eucharist, Jesus is our high priest, and at the Last Supper he instituted His priesthood - also male.

If Jesus was going to make a woman a priest, he would have made his Mother the first priest, for who better to say, "This is my body, this is my blood."?

But He did NOT.  The male priesthood is a continuation from Adam to now, and our Holy Church cannot change it.  As they have said again and again...they do not have the ability to do so.

1 comment:

Ignatius Boustin said...

Simple. Profound.