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Jesus teaches us, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.” (Luke 9:62) Our life decisions in response to His call are irrevocable. Elijah’s disciple, Elisha, burned the bridge to his past— his plowshare, the implement of his livelihood— to guarantee that he would not look back (cf. 1 Kings 19:21). Such was his trust in Elijah. Burning a bridge that distracts us from our vocations frees us to look forward and to keep busy with the Lord’s work. Such is our trust in the Lord.
Folks who marry “until death do they part” trust in their mutual promises and the marriage bond. They are not interested in looking back. Yet it’s always hard to transition from newlywed joy to the maturity of marital love. After a few years, marriages settle down for the long haul. The minor annoyances initially overlooked with the newlywed marital bliss can easily fester into significant obstacles to happiness. Typically, the couple is merely learning real-life selfless love and bearing with the faults of others.
Priest - Priesthood - Variations - Woulda - Coulda
There are also many excuses a priest can use to justify walking away from his priesthood, variations of woulda, coulda, shoulda. Priests, like everyone at some point in their lives, have put their hands to the plowshare and are commanded not to look back. Priests and laity alike need God’s grace and the anchor of Church teaching to give ballast to their promises and to direct them on the journey.
The Church is one, holy, Catholic, and apostolic. The Church is the spotless bride of Christ, and Mary is the model of the Church. But Holy Mother Church is always under assault from the outside, and increasingly, from her own members as well.
Church - Priesthood - Today
Like the Church, the ministerial priesthood is also threatened today...
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