Picking up some thoughts on priesthood (from Sunday’s lectionary’s Hebrews passage), Graham Tomlin speaks about the priestly charge of the church, and of all Christian people:
“Christ’s priestly blessing is enacted through the church…..
Unlike most human communities, the church’s life focuses not on itself, but on those who do not belong. It is a community defined by its mission to be a means of blessing. A church that gets wrapped up in its own internal ordering is a church that has last its way. It has forgotten its identity as priestly people called the less the world. Instead, a healthy church is one that is constantly looking forward to blessing community around it…… [and] at the same time, the arena in which people grow up into Christ”
From The Widening Circle, p103-105