By Phillip Grothus

I’ve been moved by countless homilies delivered by priests, each offering a unique perspective on applying ancient teachings to our modern lives or shedding light on historical contexts. Amidst the challenge of keeping my children engaged, one particular phrase uttered by a priest has lingered with me: ‘I hate Lent!’ What struck me about this candid admission was the trust it fostered, paving the way for an honest dialogue.

Reflecting on this, I’ve come to realize that priests, despite their revered status, are fundamentally human like the rest of us. While we rightfully hold them in high regard, it’s essential to recognize that they too have moments of vulnerability and imperfection. Witnessing their humanity during Mass, juxtaposed with the divine grace they channel, is a poignant reminder of our shared humanity.

Seeing a priest embody both holiness and relatability is a testament to the multifaceted nature of their role. They serve as conduits for the Holy Spirit while also offering companionship and understanding, akin to an old friend. Ultimately, acknowledging their humanity deepens our connection to them and reinforces the notion that holiness resides not only in titles but also in the shared experiences of being human.