“He must increase; I must decrease.” (J 3:30)
Ever since the beginning of my priesthood it has been my main concern: “He must increase, I must decrease”. Especially when you are so young and think that future of the world depends on you.
During the Holy Mass you are using His words for consecration, and because of the Sacrament of Priesthood your words make this miracle. How I should say these words, to represent only Him, to decrease, to disappear, to increase Him, not myself? The same with all the other sacraments. And in a very special way during the Sacrament of Reconciliation. How to show to people Him only, all His love and forgiveness, and compassion?
What a huge responsibility.
It helped me to remember Jesus’s solemn entry into Jerusalem, when He rode on a donkey. “Many people spread their cloaks on the road, and others greenery which they had cut in the fields” (Mk 11:8). The donkey could think it was for him.
“We know that we belong to God… in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life. Children, be on your guard against idols.” (1 John 5:21)
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