All Christian Tradition, based on Sacred Scripture, speaks of the priest as a "man of God," a man consecrated to God. Homo Dei: this definition is valid for every Christian, but
refers it especially to Bishop Timothy, his disciple, when he recommends the
use of Sacred Scripture to him (cf. 2 Tim ).
It is appropriate to the presbyter as well as to the bishop, by reason of his
special consecration to God. In truth, a person already receives a first, basic
consecration in Baptism, with deliverance from evil and entry into a special
state of belonging ontologically and psychologically to God  . Priestly ordination confirms and deepens
this state of consecration, as the 1971 Synod of Bishops recalled when it
referred to the priesthood of Christ shared by the presbyter through the
anointing of the Holy Spirit  .
Continued in my new blog on the Priesthood here: The Catholic Priesthood Blog