Be Holy, For I Am Holy: Priests Must Wash Their Hands

Priests Wash Hands

The washing of hands and feet before the Breaking of Bread implies holiness in the entire Church, and it’s a greater obligation for priests and bishops.

Those Called to the Priesthood

The altar must be for those who are called and who wish to be sanctified for the sacrifice of the Most High. Today’s priest washes his hands before the sacrifice at the altar simply as a reminder of Israelite law, that is, orders given to Moses. Washing ones hands before the consecration of the bread and wine, nowadays, is but a routine which only marks the past and the memory of what was demanded of priests in olden times.

Priests Must Be Holy Before Christ

In the old rite, before offering the sacrifice of the altar and before going to the altar, the priest had to wash his hands and feet, otherwise the priest incurred death, according to the law given to Moses.

Yahweh spoke to Moses saying, Make a bronze basin for the ablutions. Set it between the Tent of Meeting and the altar, and put water in it so that Aaron and his sons wash their hands and feet.
Whenever they are to enter the Tent of Meeting, they will wash, to avoid incurring death; and whenever they approach the altar for their service, to burn an offering for Yahweh.
They will wash their hands and feet, to avoid incurring death. This is a perpetual decree for him and his descendants for all their generations to come.Ex 30, 17-21

Jesus Washes the Feet of the Apostles as a Sign of Holiness

Before departing from this world, Jesus decides to wash the feet of his disciples because they were called to the ministerial priesthood, but Peter says to Jesus, “No, not mine!” Peter still didn’t comprehend anything, and this is why Jesus said to him, “If I don’t wash you, you have no share with me.” Then thinking it over, Peter says, “In that case, you can wash not only my feet but my hands and head as well.” Jesus says to Peter, “He who has been bathed, does not need further washing since he’s already clean.”

For years, our priests have taught us that with the washing of the feet, the role that we all have is of being servants of each other…a universal message that, nevertheless, nullifies Christ’s true teaching.

Priests and Bishops Must Remain Sinless

Jesus specifies and makes clear before the apostles or future Bishops and priests where he stands on this, assuring them point-blank and categorically that he who is to become a priest and approaches the altar must be completely clean. A priest must be consecrated, and his soul must be completely clean before God.

An Unclean Priest is Useless for Christ

In the old law, the priest incurred death if he wasn’t clean, and in the New Law or the New Testament, not only must he wash his hands, feet, and head but the entirety of his soul as well—otherwise the priest is dead and nonexistent to Christ. That is to say, he’s already dead and won’t share in the eternal Glory, even as he stands before the laity celebrating Mass. The soul of the priest must be clean, says the Lord Almighty, for I spit out of my mouth anything that’s lukewarm.

Priests must to be Holy for their God and mustn’t profane God’s name, for it’s they who are to present the delicacies that are to be burnt for Yahweh. It’s they who present the nourishment of their God; and they must be holy, says the Most High.

Christ Spits Out Corrupted Priests

When God judges, it’s because there’s blame and the absence of his Sanctifying Spirit. When a priest communicates an error to the community, the error is spread and everyone believes it. The error is circulated, and the community accepts and believes it as being true, allowing for the error to spread and the harm to be implanted within everyone, particularly in the priest who was guilty of committing the error.

Corrupt Priests Condemn the Faithful, Along with Themselves

When a priest leads a double life, he makes gospel-related mistakes and errors. Not only does the priest lose his way because of his own corrupt deeds, but the thousands of faithful Catholics who have believed in him are also condemned because of this priest’s fault, who prompted them to believe in him. When a priest isn’t clean before Christ, his words ring hollow; he shouts too much. And by not carrying the Spirit of Christ with him, he’s merely a puppet that speaks. The priest can make himself out to be Superman and of being the parish owner, but even with all this, he’s deaf to Christ’s voice. His ambition is only that of material goods and absurd Diocesan plans.
Because of you, My name is blasphemed throughout all the nations, says My Lord.

Priests Reject the Envoys of Christ

There are thousands in the world who yearn to hear Christ, but you have covered the lips of my servants and you have professed a human gospel; you have strained out the gnat and swallowed the camel. The Almighty Lord, the one who calls the helpless and listens to the despised, has revealed himself and has shown his mercy to his children because the Church has not accepted them. God can raise up children to Abraham from these stones and Christ can call whoever he wants, no matter how despicable they are to the Church and place them as a peg before the world; so that shamelessness before my Altar may be discovered, in broad daylight, thus says the Almighty.

Priests’ Powers Are for the Faithful and Christ

In his encyclical Mediator Dei, Pope Pius XII tells us that through the consecration received in the Sacrament of the holy order of the Priesthood, a priest enjoys the faculty of being able to act by the power of Christ himself, whom he represents. Priestly powers don’t belong to the Priest, however; they belong to Christ. Moreover, a priest doesn’t receive these for himself, but rather, they are for the sanctification of the faithful.

This is why the Priesthood is called Sacrament of Service.

Christ is the Arm of Yahweh

Today a priest can wash his hands before the faithful because he wears a cassock, because the Diocese has authorized him, and because the faithful believe in him. Today’s priest can wash his hands before the whole world as Pilate did, before Christ’s crucifixion, but God our Father and Christ the Lord, from whom nothing escapes his gaze nor his authority, have seen how great is the prominence and arrogance of priests.

The Priesthood is Idolized by Everyone

But alas when all men speak well of you, for that’s the same way your forefathers treated the prophets, says the Lord. The arm of Yahweh is coming and will pay each individual their salary, and those false and perverse officials will be paid according to their measure; for the measure with which they measure, will be measured out to them.

Evidently, Christ is more present than ever and takes pity on everyone who seeks him with an upright heart; the evils of the priesthood have offended the Lord and the laity in the world. We’re obliged to put aside our laziness and become educated in the the Church’s doctrine, in order to help the Church’s recovery and not depend on the religious fanaticism prevailing today among Catholics throughout the world.

The Priesthood Must Listen to Christ

The responsibility of raising up the Church is rooted in the drastic conversion of people’s lives or a one-eighty, so to speak, but most of all it lies in the preparation and Religious instruction of all the members of the Church throughout the world. Our priests are even more obligated than anyone to receive instruction and to listen to Christ’s Voice, and in being the first to be obedient and show Christ’s mercy to everyone in the world.

Money Will Be the Priesthood’s Payment

The coins by which you’ve exchanged Christ for will be the payment for your misfortune, and the ignorance that you’ve taught others will be the very payment for ignoring Christ’s orders. Let your encampment become desolate, says the Lord.

Let us seek Christ with a sincere heart and believe in the tears of the Lady who takes pity on those in need, on her children who are still on pilgrimage in this life.

Blessings to all.
Peace from your lowly brother, Jesé Retoño—“My Messenger”
Editorial Piedrecita.
Translation by León Jesuita.
Image art by Polina Ipatova.

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