Speak Lord: Christ, our Priest.

Melchizedek and Abel

The Responsorial Psalm on Sunday, Corpus Christi, acclaims the eternal priesthood of Christ – a priesthood that precedes and surpasses the cultic priesthood of the Temple, that achieves the most profound sanctification, salvation, of those for whom it is exercised.

The Hebrew psalm reaches back into the stories of Genesis to find imagery that is adequate to the ministry of Israel’s king. It is pressed into fresh service by  the Church to express the significance of Christ and his ministry, a ministry that finds its roots and meaning in Israel’s past but is now for the whole world and for ever.

You are a priest for ever, a priest like Melchizedek of old.

The Lord’s revelation to my Master:
‘Sit on my right:
your foes I will put beneath your feet.’

You are a priest for ever, a priest like Melchizedek of old.

The Lord will wield from Zion
your sceptre of power:
rule in the midst of all your foes.

You are a priest for ever, a priest like Melchizedek of old.

A prince from the day of your birth
on the holy mountains;
from the womb before the dawn I begot you.

You are a priest for ever, a priest like Melchizedek of old.

The Lord has sworn an oath he will not change.
‘You are a priest for ever,
a priest like Melchizedek of old.’

You are a priest for ever, a priest like Melchizedek of old.

Psalm 109:1-4

  • What helps you place your trust in Jesus?
  • Why?

Mosiac of Abel and Melchizedek. San Vitale,  Ravenna. (c) 2003, Allen Morris.

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