The Sacred and Sanctification
The Sacred and Sanctification, Reverberating throughout the busyness of my first few days back during 2nd theology at St. John’s Seminary is a beat to which I am admittedly not always attuned: the loud beat of extreme humility that accompanies this vocation at all times. Ironically this is due in part to the constant contact with the sacred that can, in the absence of a vigilant prayer life, cause a familiarity which breeds a disassociation with the true source of things: God and not man. Needless to say, God has reminded me over the last few days just how sacred every moment spent in His presence really is.
That God would become man for me is in itself not only a sacred thing, but it is a shocking proposition. Even more humbling, though, is that He invites mankind into His salvific plan, making him not only a spectator of this eternal drama but also a main actor. The average Catholic views this, for example, every time a priest grants absolution and says “I absolve you of your sins …”. .
My new house job as a Sacristan was a cause for reflection regarding this sacramental reality. As I prepare for the Holy Sacrifice of The Mass by filling the chalice with wine or the paten with unconsecrated hosts, I am left in awe that food I place into dishes will become “true food, true drink.” It’s this awe found in daily activities that serve as moments of sanctification and continued inner renewal.