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You’re a Priest Now

May 3, 2020

I spent the first two years of high school in a boarding school. A prep school. In particular, in a seminary for boys planning to eventually become Catholic priests.
At St. Joseph Seminary in Grand Rapids, Michigan, we lived on campus. Slept in dormitories, attended class, spent time studying in the study hall, and went to chapel.
We had prayer seven or eight times a day, including daily Mass, daily devotional time, and prayer before – and often after – every activity.
For me, the best prayer time was when I visited the chapel alone. I spent time praying, and considering how important it would be – and what a privilege it would be – to serve as a connection between people and God. I could not imagine a higher calling in life.
In 1 Peter 2, we read about being built up to be a “holy priesthood” (v.5), and about being a chosen race, a “royal priesthood” (v.9). Remember that Peter’s letter is written to the elect exiles in Asia Minor, not to a particular group or class of clergy or church leaders. It is from these passages, as well as from the overall message of Ephesians 4:1-16 and similar passages, that we can understand the doctrine known as the “priesthood of all believers.”
In this lesson, we take a look at what it means to be built up to be a “holy priesthood” and what it means to be “a chosen race, a royal priesthood.”

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