Speak Lord: Give us courage

Jesus, DissThe Second Reading on Sunday, the 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time, is from the letter to the Hebrews.

It affirms the supremecy of Jesus, and encourages us to the fullness of faith in him.

Since in Jesus, the Son of God, we have the supreme high priest who has gone through to the highest heaven, we must never let go of the faith that we have professed. For it is not as if we had a high priest who was incapable of feeling our weaknesses with us; but we have one who has been tempted in every way that we are, though he is without sin. Let us be confident, then, in approaching the throne of grace, that we shall have mercy from him and find grace when we are in need of help.

Hebrews 4:14-16

It also affirms the closeness of relationship between Jesus and us. He is supreme High Priest, but one who has shared in our human experience, even in our experience of fear, vulnerability and mortality. He avoided sin, and we surely have not. Yet he is love for us, and we can be confident, even in our humble approach to his majesty.

  • What might you be shamed to bring to the Lord?
  • Why will he be compassionate to you?
  • How can you embrace his goodness?

Photograph of stained glass image of Jesus, Parish Church of Diss. (c) 2011, Allen Morris.