The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me,
because the LORD has anointed me;
He has sent me to bring glad tidings to the lowly,
to heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives
and release to the prisoners,
To announce a year of favor from the LORD
and a day of vindication by our God,
to comfort all who mourn;
A part of one verse, however, sounds somewhat inapplicable to celibate priests:
Their descendants shall be renowned among the nations,
and their offspring among the peoples.
Verses like these might somewhat bother anyone who, for one reason or another, cannot have or raise children.
Yet the meaning of this verse extends beyond just biological descendents (although that is its primary sense).
By the grace of God, all of us are capable of being instruments of God, often in very different ways, and thus of having God accomplish wondrous things through us, his humble servants.
These accomplishments, done in and through the grace of God, can be what “shall be renowned among the nations,” as we have seen so often in the lives of the saints throughout history.
Each one of us – priest or layperson, parent or childless – is called to be an instrument of God, to be a channel of his power and love, and to do things worthy of renown among the nations (even if actually unseen by human eyes) for the sake of his love and for the glory of God alone.