In 1st Corinthians 4:7 St Paul writes, “we hold this treasure in earthen vessels.” For me, as a priest, this passage has particular importance. Sometimes I look at my hands and think about how I use them to consecrate, absolve, anoint, or bless. It is humbling to think of the sacred power which Holy Orders gives. But, 1st Corinthians 4:7 is of great importance to more than just the ordained. The Sacraments are celebrated in our Church. The Eucharist is reserved in our parish. In our bodies we receive the Sacraments. God’s grace is a bigger treasure than we could imagine. Our frailty as earthen vessels is weaker than we want to admit. Our weakness and sinfulness, however, don’t stop God from letting us hold the treasure of his presence. Thank you, Lord, for letting us carry such precious treasure!