The reading again emphasises Jesus’ unity with us. And highlights his being called to his mission by the Father.
Every high priest has been taken out of mankind and is appointed to act for men in their relations with God, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins; and so he can sympathise with those who are ignorant or uncertain because he too lives in the limitations of weakness. That is why he has to make sin offerings for himself as well as for the people. No one takes this honour on himself, but each one is called by God, as Aaron was. Nor did Christ give himself the glory of becoming high priest, but he had it from the one who said to him: You are my son, today I have become your father, and in another text: You are a priest of the order of Melchizedek, and for ever.
The most common vocation in the Church is that of parent. The most common in the world. More common, and often unfortunately so, than spouse; certainly more common than religious or priest or bishop. But with these other vocations the vocation of parent is essentially the vocation to love. To be a source of love and to foster the ability in others their ability to love.
- Let us pray for all called by the Lord to share in his work of re-creation.
Icon of the Trinity with Abraham and Sarah. Cathedral of St Basil, Moscow. (c) 2015, Allen Morris