This action might not be possible to undo. Are you sure you want to continue?
(by Martin Suhartono, S.J.)
The creation story (Genesis 1:1 - 2:4) serves as guiding points. I experienced Priesthood as a participation in the creating act of God, in the redeeming act of God in Jesus, in the sanctifying act of the Spirit of God. It is not creation from nothing, but starting from myself towards others. 1. Day One: From Darkness to Light (the creation of light): I experienced Priesthood as being called by God. It is God who takes initiative (John 15:16). My journey is from darkness to light, from ignorance to knowledge, from sinfulness to wholeness, and by accompanying other people also along the journey. 2. Day Two: Opening up Horizon (the creation of sky, providing horizon): I experienced Priesthood in a continuous process of separating, of discerning: between the eternal and temporal, 'above' and 'below' (Col 3:1-2), the spirit and flesh (Gal 5:16-26), and in accompanying other people also in this process. Faith in Jesus serves as a horizon. 3. Day Three: Filling up Emptiness (the creation of sea, land, and plants): I experienced Priesthood as a personal emptiness that is being continuously filled by the presence of God, becoming more human and divine, but with occasional falls into filling up emptiness with that which is not God, namely power, honor and comfort. 4. Day Four: Putting Life in Order (the creation of sun, moon and stars): I experienced Priesthood as putting my own life into order with regard to the hierarchy of values in view of the ultimate end of life, namely, searching for the true happiness and in accompanying other people also in this pilgrimage, "Search first the Kingdom of God" (Mat 6:33). 5. Day Five: Moving in the Spirit (the creation of moving animals): I experienced Priesthood as something dynamic, not static. It is an experience of a new life in the Spirit of God. I grow in faith, love and hope, guided by the Spirit, enriched by the various gifts of the Spirit (1 Cor 12:1-11), producing fruits of the Spirit (Gal 5:22), for the growth of the people of God. 6. Day Six: Towards a Dialogue of Love (the creation of beasts and man/woman): I experienced Priesthood as a call from Love towards Love (John 21:15-19), becoming a friend of Jesus (John 15:15), in companionship with others. I experienced also both the positive and negative aspects of celibacy. 7. Day Seven: Entering into the Sacred Sphere/Time of God (God's rest): All the above aspects of experience are oriented towards "Resting in God", "Eternity", "Divine Resting Place" (Heb 4:1). It is not a matter of life after death, but the experience of the divine already in the present life through liturgy and sacraments, personal and communal prayers, lived in everyday life, by participating in the Priesthood of Jesus Christ. (Church of Our Lady of Lourdes, Bangsaen, 11 May 2010)