21 April 2018
By Stefania Caterina and Fr. Tomislav Vlašić
Father Tomislav: Dearest Brothers and Sisters; today we will speak about the “new priesthood”. We have spoken about the new priesthood before and shared messages with you of the years 2011 and 2012 in which Jesus explained, through Stefania Caterina, what the new priesthood is. Now we want to reflect on this issue considering the universal Church of Jesus Christ and this time as the time of the triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. All this adds new accents to this issue. We want to look at what Jesus said and emphasize relevant aspects for this time so that each one of you can orient himself better.
When we speak about the new priesthood we mean the unique priesthood which was given to the apostles and fulfilled in the Church over millennia. The newness lies in the fact that we are in a new time which requires new answers, and the whole people of God must do a quality leap towards the glorious encounter.
The new priesthood arises from the new people, from the Christians who want to belong to Jesus Christ seriously and unconditionally so that His promises can be realized within all of us. Let’s listen to this.
In reality every faithful is a priest who offers himself/herself to God, by uniting themselves to my offer. By doing so, the faithful recapitulates in me all that he lives and everything that is around him; he is the one who recapitulates the entire universe. My people will be a priestly people, because each member will have to live his priesthood to the depth of his being. He will live it in a new way, open to the Spirit, as up to now it has not been seen, because I shall make everything new.
What is basically new in the new priesthood? The new priests and the whole new people are called to enter the mystical union with Christ. Only in this way they can unite with the glorious Jesus who manifests Himself to humanity.
The new priesthood also has a new quality. In the Church it is correctly said that the priest acts in the Person of Christ; however, that must no longer be an empty phrase. Every priest who is mystically united with Christ does a quality leap. He cannot be saved only through formulas and rituals. He must fully belong to Christ as a person and so must the people. Another new aspect is that the priests and the whole people are going towards the new creation and must be new.
Those who prefer to remain passive, those who will be afraid of accepting the newness of these times and cling to what is old and bound to end, those who cannot let go of their selfish interests will be left aside. The “old” people will be separated from the new people. No “old” priests will serve the new people who equally will not accept any “old” priests any longer. The new wine will finally be poured into new wineskins. Continue reading