St. John Bosco
Hebrews 10:19-25 + Psalm 24 + Mark 4:21-25
January 31, 2013
“Since through the Blood of Jesus we have confidence of entrance into the sanctuary by the new and living way he opened for us through the veil, that is, his Flesh….” [Hebrews 10:19-20]
The Letter to the Hebrews portrays Christ Jesus is exalted terms. When the letter describes Him as mankind’s “high priest”, the emphasis on the word “high” is strong. The portrait of Jesus offered here might make Him seem unapproachable, yet the author of Hebrews is at pains to show us many reasons to approach Him.
Complementing the exalted portrait of Jesus is the emphasis of Hebrews on the Flesh and Blood of Jesus. It’s through Jesus’ own sacrifice of His Flesh and Blood that we approach Jesus. While Jesus’ divinity is essentially different than our fallen humanity, we might despair of being able to approach and touch this divine Savior. But Jesus descended to the level of our fallen humanity. He became fully like us—fully human—and not just through this humanity, but through the sacrifice of this humanity, redeems us.
How gifted we are to be able in our time and place to have the Sacrifice of the Mass offered each day. Through our participation in this offering, we can draw close to our High Priest. Through worthy reception of the Body and Blood of Christ, we are purified and strengthened.