My dear brother/sister in Christ,
How great is the blessing our Lord bestows upon us when he has given us priests that serve us with such dedication and love! how great is the honor of His servant the priest! how great is the honor of his blessed hands, that break the Living Bread the indescribable Glory before whom the mighty angels tremble in the offering of the sacrifice that is once offered for the Life of the World, how great is the honor of his blessed hands that hold the Chalice of Life as his blessed mouth utters God's Holy Name in adoration and thanksgiving, for the Most Precious Blood shed for the Life of the World. what office either on earth or in heaven surpasses such honor, such grace? if given the choice of kissing any other holy place or relic, and the hand of a priest, I would chose the hand of the priest.
the Shepherd , the priest tends to the flock's needs individually and as a group. sometimes a certain sheep needs a certain lesson on humility. and the priest might allow even his feet to be kissed as in the tradition and cultural custom where I come from, we kiss the feet of our elderly be it parents or grand parents neighbors etc, you make the effort to kiss their feet and they will prevent it. but for little children until they get used to it, they are reminded to bow down and kiss the feet of their grandparents, to stand up when someone older than you enters the room you are in, it teaches them humility. the other person will allow it for children and blesses them each time they do it, for adults its more like a mini struggle as one attempts to bow and the other attempts to prevent it.
the priest's hand is a cross, and his cross is the sign of his peace, he comes in the name of the Lord, better say your hosanna as you receive him with love , joy and humility as you would receive the messenger of the King in whose Banner and Name he comes to you. rejoice in the hour of your visitation by the messenger of the Good News! Rejoice because the one who offers you blessing from his hands holds in those hands the key of the Everlasting Kingdom! receive his Peace as he raises his hands for you to do your kiss of peace in the manner proper for the priest of the Lord. rejoice and say " Barakani Abba ens'a barakatike/ Bless me father so I may be blessed by your blessing/ or more literally Bless me Father so I may partake of or have your Blessing'' and in your heart be in the awe of his office and say to the Lord, as to your honorable most reverend priest O Lord, I am not worthy even to untie his sandals. Matthew 10:41 The one who receives a prophet because he is a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward, and the one who receives a righteous person because he is a righteous person will receive a righteous person’s reward.
John 13:20 Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever receives the one I send receives me, and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me.”
hear what Isaiah says..Isaiah 52:7 How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who publishes peace, who brings good news of happiness, who publishes salvation, who says to Zion, “Your God reigns.”
The Cross he offers you is the Banner of Truth,freedom, peace, Life, victory and Love. kiss it and declare your allegiance to the Kingdom, and rejection of the world and its carnality. isn't it beautiful that we greet one another bless one another, pray for one another, help in other ways one another all from the vantage point of and through the Holy and Glorious Cross?
As a personal advise, I would say, relationships especially spiritual ones teach us to overcome our character, to be more than we were before, to learn to love, to be humble, to be generous, to be kind, to be patient, to be tolerant etc.. and in all of them humility and love are the key so you may do all that you do with joy!
P.S. please do disregard that bit of advise from that man who told you that he accepts the blessing of the hand kissing from whom he deems worthy and rejects from those he deems unworthy because he judges them as humble or proud, I would say by those very words he judges himself as proud and arrogant! he would do well to worry about the state of his own ego.
With Love in Christ,