Die to Self and Rise in Glory!

18 Oct 2015 by SHRCChurch, Comments Off on Die to Self and Rise in Glory!

DSC_0079The epistle to the Hebrews today reminds us that Christ Our Lord has been tested like us (shared the human experiences) in every way. The epistle to the Hebrews depicts Christ as our high priest, i.e. one who on our behalf offers to God that which is pleasing to God, thereby cementing a bond.

Both the first reading from the prophet Isaiah and the Gospel use the image of paying a ransom for our sins. This “ransom” is not a question of satisfying Divine Justice, rather, the example and demand of Jesus is that there is a cost associated with obedience to the will of the Father.  The “cost” in this sense is that obedience often goes against our inclinations and the deceptions of the devil which are ingrained in our nature as a result of original sin.  Add to this the bad habits of personal sin, and the “cost” can indeed be a high one!  However, Christ offers us more than an example. Through baptism we are joined to Him in a mystical union, and through his sacraments and liturgical prayer we are invited to join Him in His once and for all saving action.  In so doing we will die to self and rise in Glory and “…the will of the Lord shall be accomplished…”!

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