"The Book of Acts of the Apostles is a blueprint of how a Christian Lifestyle should be." - Dr. Mary Healy
Dr. Mary Healy is a Catholic Theologian and an international speaker, who teaches sacred scripture at Sacred Heart Seminary in Michigan. Her main interests include faith, healing and evangelization, and Catholic Spirituality. Healy was one of the first women appointed by the Pope to the Pontifical Biblical Commission.
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in the Love of the Father's Heart
In the Name of our King Jesus
and in the Power of His Holy Spirit of Truth
We are Priest, Prophet and King
Whom our Triune God,
and going forth from us
ushers in His Kingdom of Truth
in the power of the Sword of His Holy Spirit!
(Is 55:11, Mt 10:8, Jer 23:29, Jer 5:14, Rev 11:5, 12:1-2, 10-12, 17, Eph 6:12, 16-17, 2 Cor 10:3-5, 2 Pet 3:7, Rev 21:8, Rev 20:10, 1 Jn 3:8, Jn 8:44, 31-32, Jn 8:36, 37-38, Jn 14:6, Jn 14:16-18, Jn 7:37-39, Acts 2:17-21, 1 Cor 14:5-6, 24-25, Zech 8:23, Mk 16:20, Rev 20:10
We are a priestly, prophetic, and royal people
783 Jesus Christ is the one whom the Father anointed with the Holy Spirit (of Truth) and established as priest, prophet, and king. The whole People of God participates in these three offices of Christ and bears the responsibilities for mission and service that flow from them.
784 On entering the People of God through faith and Baptism, one receives a share in this people's unique, priestly vocation: "Christ the Lord, high priest taken from among men, has made this new people 'a Kingdom of Priests to God, His Father.' The baptized, by regeneration and the anointing of the Holy Spirit (of Truth), are consecrated to be a spiritual house and a holy priesthood."
785 "The holy People of God shares also in Christ's prophetic office," above all in the supernatural sense of faith that belongs to the whole People, lay and clergy, when it "unfailingly adheres to this faith . . . once for all delivered to the saints,"
and when it deepens its understanding and becomes Christ's witness in the midst of this world.
(2 Pet 3:7, Rev 21:8, Jer 23:29, Jer 5:14, Jn 1:1, 14, Is 55:11, Mt 10:8, Rev 11:5, 12:1-2, 10-12, 17, Rev 20:10)
786 Finally, the People of God shares in the royal office of Christ. He exercises His Kingship by drawing all men to Himself through His Death and Resurrection (Ascension and Continous Coming to Us in the Power of His Holy Spirit of Truth - Lk 24:49, Acts 1:8-11, Ex 19:9, Deut 4:11-12, Rev 1:7, Mt 17:5, Heb 8:8-13, Acts 2:17-21, 1 Cor 14:5-6, 24-25, Zech 8:23, 2 Pet 3:7, Jer 23:29, Jer 5:14, Is 55:11, Mt 10:8, Mk 16:20).
Christ, King and Lord of the universe, made Himself the servant of all, for He came "not to be served but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many."
For the Christian, "to reign is to serve Jesus," particularly when serving "the poor and the suffering, in whom the Church recognizes the image of her poor and suffering founder."
The People of God fulfills its royal dignity by a life in keeping with its vocation to serve with Christ.
The sign of the cross makes kings of all those reborn in Christ and the anointing of the Holy Spirit consecrates them as priests, (1 Cor 6:19, Is 55:11, Mt 10:8, Mk 16:20, 1 Cor 14:5-6, 24-25, Zech 8:23, Rev 20:10) so that, apart from the particular service of our ministry, all spiritual and rational Christians are recognized as members of this royal race and sharers in Christ's priestly office.
What, indeed, is as royal for a soul as to govern the body in obedience to God? And what is as priestly as to dedicate a pure conscience to the Lord and to offer the spotless offerings of devotion on the altar of the heart?