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April 6, 1962 Catholic Northwest Progressm3 The Eternal High Priest REV. JAMES E. MALLAHAN Vice Principal, Blanchet High School E OFTEN picture Christ as the Good Shepherd, the Sacred Heart, the Man of Sorrows. His kindness, His mercy, His power over the sick bodies of men and the explosive force of nature frequently come to our minds in prayer. But seldom do we think of Christ as a priest. He is first and foremost the Eternal High Priest, the Me- diator between God and man. He is of heaven and He is of earth. He is God's anointed one sent to sinful man and man's spokesman-friend before the throne of God. As God He came to man with God's teaching, God's law, God's pardon and grace. As man He took man's sorrow and sin, man's prayer and penance. He made them His own. He presented them to His Father asking forgiveness, favor and eter- nal life. Mankind had to have a priest. Even the pagans conceded perfect happiness only to those who would be admitted to the abode of the gods. But how to reach their home? After centuries of thought and effort they could only acknowledge with resignation . . The Priest . . . The Priest-To-Be Lundwick & Brown Floor Co., Inc. ME 3-1903 1902 N. 34fh, Seattle Parker.Henry Glass Co. 2335 5fh Ave. MU 2-2200 that "gods are gods" and "men are men." That is the way things are. Nothing can change them. There is no passage from hea.ven to earth. God's own chosen people knew that sin had closed heaven's heavy gate. As the centuries piled up, hope faded in their hearts. Where would they find a locksmith with the knowledge and power to fashion a key to open it. Then God Himself solved the riddle. He gave us Jesus Christ, the Priest. Being God and man He bridges the gap between heaven and earth. Through Him the life of God is given to us. Through Him men are admitted to heaven. There had been priests before, but sin- ners just like other men. Sacrifices had been offered before but they lacked the power to take away sin, to craft a key to the locked gates of heaven. Other priests died in their turn, leaving successors with- out influence in the court of heaven. Christ the priest was holy, innocent like unto us in all things save sin. His sacrifice was offered once. Just once did He appear at and on the altar of the cross; sin was overcome, redemption was obtained. Christ the priest charted for man the way to eter- PAUL'S PHARMACY LA 5-6390 7526 20th N.E. Seattle nal life and set up God's travel bureau with chartered service for the trip. God the Father had spoken from the cloud: "This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased. Hear Him." The long hours of preaching, teaching, counseling and directing were an exercise of Christ's priesthood. The sermon on the Mount, the discourses at the Last Supper the explanations to Nicodemus who came to Him by night all were the work of the priestly commission given Him by God His Father. And He did always the things that pleased Him. Being eternal, Christ's priesthood never wanes. His Ascension placed Him as priest at the right hand of the Father where He is always ready to plead our cause, always ready to intercede in our behalf. That is why the Church concludes her prayers "through Jesus Christ our Lord." We are telling God the Father that these aren't just our petitions, our thanks, our plea for forgiveness; they become the prayers of Jesus Christ our Eternal High Priest. "If you ask the Father anything in my name iLshall be ;iven to you." LYON Van & Storage Co. AT 2.9000 2030 Dexter Ave. Seattle Pollard's k4eafs & Groceries Carl J. Pollard 3701 East 45111 LA 2-3400