Saturday March 19, 2011
Every high priest chosen from among mortals is put in charge of things pertaining to God on their behalf, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins. He is able to deal gently with the ignorant and wayward, since he himself is subject to weakness; and because of this he must offer sacrifice for his own sins as well as for those of the people. And one does not presume to take this honor, but takes it only when called by God, just as Aaron was…In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to the one who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission. – Hebrews 5:1-4, 7
As children we adore our parents. They seem to know everything and we trust them without doubt or fear. As we grow older and hit the teenage years suddenly our parents know nothing. Our problems are too big, too complex and too modern for them to possibly understand and comprehend what we are going through. We lose our childlike faith in our guardians, dismissing them as ignorant and naïve. The advice and wisdom that was so freely accepted by us as children seems to fall on deaf ears. We forget that our parents have been where we are, and have faced what we have faced.
In like manner, we as humanity have the same frail teenage tendencies when struggling with our relationship with Jesus. At first we love Christ and have complete faith in Christ, trusting that the path set out for us in the Gospels is firm and true. Then life kicks in, we fail, we sin, we get discouraged. The advice and direction we once took so easily we now disregard, thinking that Christ lived so long ago, how can it be possible that Christ can relate to us? We doubt.
Today’s scripture is a beautiful reminder that no matter what we have been through Jesus can relate. Because Jesus was human, he relates to us in our weakness and temptations. Jesus has been there and offers us hope – because he made it through so can we. Through his suffering, death, and resurrection salvation became possible for us. We no longer have priests who can only give us vague directions – we now have a great priest who walks with us, guiding us through the struggles and tumult of life if we but open our ears to listen.
Gracious God and merciful Savior, open my ears that I may hear your voice and direction. Thank you for your mercy and grace given, even when I am stubborn and insolent. Continue to teach me and guide me; let me reflect your love and grace this day, Amen.
Holly Medearis is a Second Year M-Div Student at McCormick. She hopes to one day be able to use both her Pastoral and Nursing knowledge in rural and urban ministries.