Friends, in this talk delivered to the Maronite clergy, I reflect upon the power and beauty of the priesthood by illustrating how two figures from the Old Testament, Adam and Noah, serve as archetypes of sacred service.

Like Adam, we are to be the great servants of creation as we lift our hearts to God in a chorus of right worship. From Noah’s story, we learn to build spiritual arks, filling them with the bounties of a healthy and nourished.