26 January 2012

A Reflection on Brotherhood at Seminaries

Deacon William Dotson
Vol. 1, No. 1 2012

How good and pleasant it is when brothers live in unity! Psalm 133 is the second to last of the “songs of ascent,” a collection of 15 Psalms from 120-134.  It is a praise of fraternal unity, and as such it has much for us here in the seminary.  It is like precious oil upon the head, running down upon the beard, running down upon Aaron’s beard, upon the collar of his robes (v. 2).  This poetic praise of unity is striking.  The oil discussed was the oil used to consecrate Aaron a priest.  The psalmist likens fraternal union with this consecration.  That is no small praise.  As seminarians prepare for the priesthood, this should grab their attention.  The psalmist claims that fraternal unity in some sense makes one a priest.  What is it about brothers living in unity that makes it like a priestly consecration? ...

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