“When we speak of Christ’s priesthood, what else do we mean than his incarnation?”
Fugentius of Ruspe, a learned bishop from 5th century Africa, touches on a truth we easily forget. Christ is a priest because he became flesh and part of creation, which he then represents before the Creator.
He does not represent creation from a distance, untouched by it, or partially, hesitantly, protected, but he became fully one with it, emptying himself and taking the form of a slave. “He humbled himself even accepting death.”
Being a priest, therefore, is not to become a person apart, but someone incarnate. That’s true for all those baptized into Christ and share in his priesthood, as well as those ordained for a ministry in the church.
“The living, the living give you thanks, as I do today.”