It is indeed a very significant thought coming from the Holy Father. There is an intimate relationship between the celebration of Eucharist and the holiness of priests. That invites us priests to pass on from being mere "functionaries" to being "missionaries," just as did St. John Mary Vianney.

This could be achieved by the action of Holy Spirit who activates also the eucharistic transformation of bread and wine, if the priest also offers himself as victim together with Christ for his "mission" as priest.

Fr. E. John Kulandai
Conference of Catholic Bishops of India