Today the catholic diocese of Machakos is blessed with the ordination of 30 deacons to priesthood. These strong and energetic priests will be given the responsibility to spiritually take care of the Christians in the diocese. Despite of the many challenges in the world, Materialism, secularism, tribalism, nepotism, hatred, violence among many others, they are sent to preach the word of God to everyone following the example of Jesus Christ the Master. Since they have been anointed, “they are to preach the good news to the poor, to heal the broken hearted, proclaim liberty to the captives and release to the prisoners, to announce a year of favor from the lord and a day of vindication by our God, to comfort all who mourn; to place on those who mourn in Zion a diadem instead of ashes. To give them oil of gladness in place of mourning, a glorious mantle instead of listless spirit. They will be called Oaks of justice, planted by the lord to show his glory”(Isaiah 61:1-3). This becomes their life long life obligation. They are young men who are talented in different ways and full of zeal. These newly ordained young priests have a special connection with the youth and therefore will form them to become responsible members of the church tomorrow. They will be teachers like Christ to the Christian community. By the use of the scriptures, they will instruct, advice, encourage, give hope and bring joy to the Christians. Through the sacraments, n they will bring Christ more closely to his people.
The administration of these sacraments becomes a joyful moment of growth for both the priest and the Christians. The celebration of baptism becomes a great joy since the number of the believer’s increases. The first holy communion becomes a very special moment as those partaking the most august sacrament of the alter increases, the whole community is strengthened. Through the administration of the sacrament of penance, the Christians experience the love and mercy of God since their sins are forgiven. This sacrament cleanses the individual person and the whole community restored together in its journey in search for perfection. By the celebration of the sacrament of Matrimony, Christians are united together, male and female to a lifelong union that has its basis in love and geared towards procreation. The celebration of these sacraments will be communal centric, and solidify the body of Christ. This is the source of the joy of a priest in the ministry.
The call to priesthood calls one to remain a servant at all costs and not a lord following the example of Christ who came to serve and not to be served and gave his life as a ransom for many. The true joy of a priest is achieved when he is at the service of the community/flock without counting on profits. He is to be with the people always in their different circumstances. He is to pray for himself and the community he serves and the whole church at large. Further he is to read the bible and understand that word he is to teach the Christian community. In this he is called to teach what he believes and live what he believes. He is to celebrate the sacraments to grow in the faith. As a leader he is to lead by example and not by dictating and he is to stand always before God on behalf of the flock and for himself.