Psalms: 41, 52, 44
Old Testament: Deuteronomy 8:11-20
New Testament: Hebrews 2:11-18
Gospel: John 2:1-12
Patristic Reading: An excerpt from a sermon of St. Gregory Nanzianzus

Because he himself was tested by what he suffered, he is able to help those who are being tested (Hebrews 2:18)

The letter to the Hebrews (as we will see over the next two weeks or so) is a fascinating read. Its authorship (though traditionally attributed to Paul) is anonymous and looks at Christ’s role as the high-priest for all of creation.

The fascinating thing about this portrayal is the stark contrasts that exist within the text. In some passages, Christ is depicted as being incredibly close to humanity….showing solidarity with suffering and the struggle against the devil/evil forces in the world. At other points, the cosmic Son is upheld as above all creation and reproach who has no tolerance for backpedaling, apostasy or sin.

As with so many other things in life, I don’t think it is either or. One of the beautiful things about the doctrine of the Incarnation as it has been worked out through the centuries is that we are not forced to decide. Christ is both fully human and fully divine……He is both our Lord and Master, while at the same time, revealing himself as our Brother and Friend.

Of course there is a time and place for reverence……if I didn’t believe that, I doubt very much that I would be becoming a priest. As we work through the readings over the next few weeks, we are going to be hearing about God as law-giver (in the OT) and Christ as the great Eternal Word (through the Gospel of John)….very lofty stuff.

With all of that said, and while there may be times when he seems aloof and outright indifferent to human concerns…….he is still moved to pity and love….to change water into wine….to lead us in celebration and life, rather than expecting us to quake with fear at his presence. 🙂

Taste and see that the LORD is good, happy are they that trust in him. (Psalm 34:8)

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