12 – The uniqueness of the priestly dignity

12. From the Book of NUMBERS

Fancy letter Korah son of Izhar, the son of Kohath, the son of Levi, and certain Reubenites—Dathan and Abiram, sons of Eliab, and On son of Peleth—became insolent and rose up against Moses. With them were 250 Israelite men, well-known community leaders who had been appointed members of the council. They came as a group to oppose Moses and Aaron and said to them, “You have gone too far! The whole community is holy, every one of them, and the Lord is with them. Why then do you set yourselves above the Lord’s assembly?” When Moses heard this, he fell face down. Then he said to Korah and all his followers: “In the morning the Lord will show who belongs to Him and who is holy, and He will have that person come near him. The man He chooses He will cause to come near Him.

NUM 16, 1-5


12. The uniqueness of the priestly dignity


God the Father:  The priestly dignity is the highest dignity that I can bestow on man. I call whomever I want. I do not change My mind. My communion with the priest is a bond that is unique and proper. Together with the priestly ordination, the priest receives the right to approach Me, to touch Me in order to show My glory to the people, and to give Me in the Holy Communion. If one undertakes these activities without My calling, he commits the sin of blasphemy. Only I have the authority to appoint priests and grant them authority.

The example from the Old Testament should remind you about the mystery of vocation and make it clear that election will always elicit jealousy and attempts to obtain My grace in a deceitful way. Korah, who rebelled against Moses and Aaron, came from the privileged tribe of Levi. Thus, he had access to special dignities and, as a Levite, was admitted to service in the tabernacle. It was different with Abiram and Dathan, who also rebelled against Me. However, independently of the tribe from which they descended, they did not have the right to the tasks and authority that they demanded for themselves. The lawless pursuit of honors, which can only be granted by God, brings a curse on the whole community. That is why Moses begged Me to spare the innocent and only punish the guilty, and Aaron made propitiation for them. The Levites, who served in the tabernacle, despite their election, did not sin less by reaching for greater honors than the rest of the community, which did not have any right at all to accede the tabernacle. Therefore both the former and the latter suffered the same death. The fact that the Levites were called to a greater closeness with Me did not help them. Since they reached for what was above their dignity, they have sinned with blasphemy.

Religious vocation is not a priestly vocation. The service at the Altar is not the same as the priestly service. The number of offenses in this area is so great that I will not manage to list them. Not only the priestly and religious services are steeped in many errors and abuses, but also the service of lay people at Altar has been granted to anyone who will stretch out his hand for it. Meanwhile, the altar boys, like the Levites in the Old Testament, have been called by My grace. Not all people, but only those who were worthy of this service. The priests are at fault for allowing access to holy tasks to persons without a calling for this, for granting authority to lay people, for admitting to the service at the Altar random and unprepared persons, as if entering the presbytery was the same as entering a store. Yet, you do not allow access to your children, your homes and equipment to people whom you know nothing about. First, you carefully find out if they are not thieves or people without morals and knowledge. Who among you gives his own home and offspring under the care of random, poorly educated and immoral people? In the meantime, you allow access to Me to anyone who wishes.

So remember well that only I have the right to appoint priests. No one else has the right to do so and I will never grant it to anyone else. The priestly authority and activities remain unchangeable and inviolable. Everything done in addition to that is self-will directed against Me, possible only in a community where Moses and Aaron are missing. If I wanted to put you to death, I would have to put to death all of you, for who among you is without sin? Yet, I have pity on you, because you are like sheep without a shepherd who followed the wolf’s voice. Your fault is smaller. The others will perish for sure.

Translated from: Orędzia o czci i kulcie Boga, Grzechynia 2018, p. 91-95