Saint Leo is a model of holiness for all of us. While all are not called to preach, and very few indeed are chosen to teach from Peter’s Chair, all, without exception, are called to hear the Word of God, to repeat it and to turn it to prayer. All are called to the priestly service of God, each member according to his rank in the Body of Christ that is the Church. In today’s Office reading Saint Leo reminds us of this very thing: “In baptism the sign of the cross makes kings of all who are reborn in Christ, and the anointing of the Holy Spirit consecrates them priests.”
Each of us lives out the baptismal priesthood by making of all of life a procession to the altar, by making of every action a holy oblation, by entering into the victimhood of Christ. Is not this the teaching of the Apostle: “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercy of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy , pleasing unto God, your reasonable sacrifice” (Rom 12:1).
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