Hebrews 4:14-16;Isaiah 53:10-11; Psalm 33:4-5, 18-20, 22; Mark 10:35-45;
“We have a great high priest.” (Hebrews 4:14)
During this Year of Faith, Pope Benedict XVI is inviting all of us to pass through the “door of faith” each and every day. The key question we face is this: With all that I have to do each day, why should I carve out time to do this? Will I find anything special on the other side of this door?
Today’s second reading offers us an answer: “We have a great high priest” whom we can “confidently approach” to receive all the grace we need to live in this world (Hebrews 4:14, 16). We won’t be disappointed if we pass through this door!
So what’s the basis for our confidence? It’s that Jesus wants to lift us up. He wants to pour his heart into us as we pour out our hearts to him in prayer. We don’t even have to drum up the confidence to come to him; he will give it to us as a gift of his grace. He will convince us that he is with us every step of the way.
Jesus is our great high priest. He has been tested as we are tested, so he knows what we go through in our lives. He feels all our joys and triumphs, and he shares in our times of pain and doubt. He is with us even when we think we are all alone, pouring his grace on us even when we think the well has run dry.
This reading also tells us that Jesus sits on a “throne of grace,” not condemnation (Hebrews 4:16). He is not one to dole out harsh punishments or make impossible demands. Rather, he offers love and mercy at every turn. He is moved by our weaknesses, and he will never abandon us!
So why should we take the time out of our busy days to walk through this door of faith? Because the person who is on the other side of the door loves us more than anyone else in the whole world.
“Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!” ~WAU