2007 | 3 | 178-192
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Osoba prezbitera w nauczaniu Jana Pawła II na podstawie jego homilii wygłoszonych podczas święceń prezbiteratu

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The Person of Presbyter in the Teaching of John Paul II on the Basis of His Homilies Delivered During the Holy Ordination of the Presbyterate
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The article presents the analysis of the contents of John Paul II’s homilies which relate to the issues concerning the identity of the presbyter. Following the Pope's thought one can notice the emphasis of the fact that the presbyter participates in the mission of Christ Himself. The participation in the mission consists in fulfilling His perfect sacrifice, celebrating all the sacraments and preaching the Gospel. The presbyter holds the ministry in the person of Christ - in persona Christi - meaning it is done by God Himself. This participation in Christ’s mission is guaranteed by the laying on of hands, in which way the first disciples of the Master appointed their helpers and successors. Thus, the identity of the presbyter is shaped by a strong bond with God and His salvation. To fulfill the salvation the presbyter must efface himself and let Jesus be the master of his gestures, words and deeds. Life in such a close relationship with Christ is a great mystery of God's plan who entrusts Himself to weak and sinful people. Such reality is a great gift for anyone who, thanks to the works of the priest, can directly experience intimacy with God and His saving acts. It is also a gift for the presbyter himself who, despite his fragility, is blessed with a special friendship with Jesus Christ. The one chosen to priesthood is marked with a lasting seal of priestly ordination meaning that he becomes God's beloved servant forever, regardless of his current spiritual condition. Such a lifelong honor and commitment may at the same time fill the presbyter with fear because of his own littleness and imperfection. Nevertheless, the presbyter, trusting the efficacy of the words from the ordination ritual „And I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work among you will bring it to completion by the day of Jesus Christ" (cf. Phlp 1,6) can fulfill the ministry, devoting himself to Christ with trust.
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