Gospel of St John 1:39

Jesus turned, and saw them following, and said to them, ‘What do you seek?’ And they said to him, ‘Rabbi’ (which means Teacher), ‘where are you staying?’ He said to them, ‘Come and see.’


Christianity is primarily an encounter with the person of Jesus Christ. It is in this experience that we discover our greatest happiness, deepest peace and ultimate purpose in life.

But how do we encounter Christ? Primarily in the teachings of his Holy Church, through prayer and in the sacraments – especially in the Holy Eucharist. It is the Eucharist that sustains that relationship of love with Christ that brings us life and life more abundant.

We cannot have the Holy Eucharist, however, without the Holy Priesthood. To put it simply: No priest, no Eucharist, no Church, no evangelisation. That is why we need priests.

Despite modern cynicism, many young men still yearn to give their lives to the pursuit of the highest ideals. There is no more daring, beautiful or noble adventure than giving your life wholly to Jesus Christ and following him wherever he calls to bring the Joy of the Gospel.

Do you think that Jesus may be calling you to the priesthood? I would say to you what Christ himself said to a curious, youthful St Andrew upon their first encounter: Come and see!

Most Reverend Leo Cushley

Archbishop of St Andrews & Edinburgh