Jesus fulfills the mission perfectly and becomes "the one mediator between God and man" (1 Timothy 2:5). He extends the peace and freedom of God's kingdom to all the world, and he does it through his Church. In communion with Christ, we've been taken up into his mission. As our first Pope tells us, through baptism we're the New Israel, the fulfillment of Jesus' redemptive work. "Come to him, to that living stone, rejected by men but in God's sight chosen and precious; and like living stones be yourselves built into a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ...you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God's own people, that you may declare the wonderful deeds of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light" (1 Peter 2:4-9).
We are called to mediate God's covenant to the "nations" (i.e. our friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers). It of course means evangelization (helping people to encounter the Person of Jesus), but I want to focus on something more basic right now, the soil for fruitful evangelizing efforts.The covenant we mediate is the family of God. it also means that we're community builders. Part of our priestly role is to connect people, to help foster friendships and to grow community. The full beauty of Christ is seen when we encounter his Body, the family of God. This happens through fostering friendships and cultivating opportunities for people to get to know one another.
When I think about it, I have a number of friends who've never met. Many of them would probably enjoy one another's company very much; and it could be a tremendous boost to their faith as well. My job, then, is to try and create opportunities for them to get to know each other. I stand as a mediator between them, as the "priest" God has "ordained" to help connect these specific members in the Body of Christ.
Obviously not all of our friends will necessarily hit it off, but many of them might. Share the love, pray for new friendships, and watch what God can do in your community.
1 - Share Yourself 2 - Know the Kerygma 3 - Pray. Especially When You Don't Have Time.
4 - Collaborate 5 - Invite. Invite. Invite. 6 - Be Cheerful 7 - Do the Task at Hand
8 - Don't Forget Recess 9 - It Begins with a Smile 10 - The Topic is Always Jesus
11 - The WIIFM Principle 12 - Recapture the Enchantment 13 - Learn to Use Youtube
14 - The Art of Accompaniment 15 - The Art of Listening
16 - Eat Food. It's Part of Evangelization 17 - Everything Leads to Liturgy
18 - Self-love Can Still Be Other-centered 19 - It Will Never Be Perfect, Don't Stress
20 - The "Student" is the Whole Family 21 - Catechesis is a MEANS of Evangelization 22 - The 5 Means of Evangelization 23 - The Christian Life is Service 24 - Doctrine is for Prayer. 25 - From Evangelization to Immanuelization 26 - Humility, Love, and 'Eucharistic' Anticipation 27 - People Change People 28 - Salvation History is Our Story 29 - Mutual Forgiveness 30 - Fraternal Correction 31 - Build-Up Families 32 - Affirmative Orthodoxy 33 - Emphasize the Mission 34 - Talk about Tithing 35 - Recognize Bondage 36 - Encourage Ignatian Discernment 37 - Be Patient. It's a Process. 38 - The Thresholds of Conversion 39 - What... or, better yet, Who is the Parish? 40 - There's no place like a Home 41 - The Etymology of Respect