Excerpt from Church Alive by M. Nadine

“In the same way He took the cup, after supper, saying, ‘This cup is the New Covenant in My Blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.’” (1 Cor 11:25)

St. Peter said, “You are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation” (1 Pt 2:9). We have been made into a kingdom of priests (Rv 5:10). So if we really believe that we are priestly people, and we are, then doesn’t it also mean we have a priestly mission and ministry? This is a mystical priestly ministry that we are being called to share with the eternal High Priest. This is the ministry of the New Covenant. St. Paul tells us it is the ministry of the Holy Spirit (2 Cor 3:5-8). So thanks be to God, we have the Holy Spirit within us, directing us, teaching us more and more about this ministry, and empowering us to lay down our lives.

Jesus was and is Priest, but He also is victim. He was Priest and victim. He consecrated and was consecrated. So we enter into this priestly ministry with Jesus, the High Priest, but we also are the victim. We are the victim lambs. We are the victims of our own intercession as Jesus was. Each of us carries within ourselves an altar upon our heart. The victim upon that altar is Jesus, the Lamb Who was slain. He resides within us as the Lamb, laying down His life as a victim of God’s most merciful love.

When the Holy Spirit comes upon the bread and wine and consecrates it, the bread and wine are changed through that priestly ministry into Jesus. This is what happens to us when we are consecrated by the Spirit. The Holy Spirit comes upon us and begins to change us day by day by day into becoming more and more like Jesus, and so we become the victim lamb with the Lamb Himself. His ministry is to take away the sin of the world; His ministry has not changed. He is driven by this ministry. So He comes to live within us to continue His priestly ministry, His Lamb-of-God ministry, of taking away the sin of the world.

“Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.” (Jn 1:29)