From the Word of the Day
Therefore, he had to become like his brothers in every way, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest before God to expiate the sins of the people. Because he himself was tested through what he suffered, he is able to help those who are being tested. (Hebrews 2: 17-18)
Today is the feast of the Presentation of Jesus in the temple. The Letter to the Hebrews offers us the occasion to understand better the ‘adventure’ of the Word of God on earth. The Baby that Mary and Joseph present to God in the Temple of Jerusalem in obedience to the religious traditions still in force will be the Man of Sorrows who, on the way to Calvary and on the Cross, is the Merciful High Priest. The Letter to the Hebrews says of Him that, “because He Himself was tested through what He suffered, He is able to help those who are being tested”.
Also important is the fact that the sacred text uses the expression, “because He Himself was tested through what He suffered”. He does not delegate to someone else this very important but fatiguing mandate of salvation that regards each of us. He personally took upon Himself the mystery of suffering: the exact price for the redemption of our fallen humanity, enslaved by sin.
In my pause for silent contemplation, I will reflect on how Jesus atoned for me personally and made suffering a redemptive act so that I can unite my suffering to His for the good of humankind.
Thank You, Jesus, for coming personally to redeem me. I am in awe of this mystery of suffering You took upon Yourself for love of me. Jesus, help me to accept patiently the suffering that comes my way. Help me to bear it with dignity and with great trust in You, knowing that You well understand what it means to suffer and that at the end we will be together forever in Heaven.
The Voice of Pope Francis
During this Jubilee, let us allow ourselves to be surprised by God. He never tires of opening the door of His heart to repeat that He loves us and wants to share His life with us.