By Amy Schisler

WINE - Our Great Commission

 

“Go into all the world and preach the gospel to the whole creation.” ~ Mark 16:15

Priests, Prophets, and Kings

Did you know that you have been called to be a prophet, a priest, and a king?

In his Letter to the Ephesians, St. Paul wrote about baptism and how through baptism, we received graces; and with those graces, gifts; and with those gifts, the appointments of “some should be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, for the equipment of the saints, for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ” (Ephesians 11-12). St. Paul understood, as did the early Christians that our lives are meant for a deeper purpose—to bring others to God.

In His Great Commission before His Ascension into Heaven, Jesus told the Apostles in Acts, “John baptized with water, but before many days you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit” and “you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samar′ia and to the end of the earth.” (Acts 1:5,8).

But how can we all be priests, prophets, and kings?

Like the Ephesians, you and I are called to “lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called” (Ephesians 4:1). We do this when we accept our roles in Christ’s priestly office. We carry this out when we participate in Mass, hold true all that is decreed true by the Magisterium, and share those truths with others.

We are also called to participate in Christ’s prophetic and kingly offices. When anointed with chrism at baptism, we are marked in the same way as Christ, declaring that “as Christ was anointed Priest, Prophet, and King, so may you live always as members of his body, sharing everlasting life.” As a baby, you were anointed to be ordained a priest or a lay person expected to serve as Christ in the Church and in the world. The Catechism tells us, “lay Christians are entrusted by God with the apostolate by virtue of their Baptism and Confirmation, they have the right and duty, individually or grouped in associations, to work so that the divine message of salvation may be known and accepted by all men throughout the earth” (CCC 900).

To the Ends of the Earth

This is why Jesus told the disciples, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to the whole creation” (Mark 16:15). Notice, He didn’t just tell this to the Apostles, those He chose to be His successors. He said this to His disciples, to all those who followed Him and lived by His words. In Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus tells them, “Go and teach all nations, says the Lord; I am with you always, until the end of the world” (Matthew 28:19-20).

We are charged to use our gifts to further Christ’s message as priests, prophets, and kings. What are you waiting for? Go forth and spread the Good News.

 

Prayer

Dearest Jesus, please give me the courage and strength to use the graces and gifts you have bestowed upon me to take your Word to the ends of the earth. Amen.

Call to Action

How do you use your gifts from God to spread His Word? Today, pray about how you can do this. Join a Bible study. Better yet, start one! You don’t have to know everything to be able to teach others. As Jesus said, “do not be anxious how or what you are to answer or what you are to say; for the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say.” (Luke 12:11-12).

 

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