Pentecost +21 - Year B
And why is a permanent high priest needed? In most ways Jesus is anti-king and anti-priest. This whole priesthood thing seems to be more in keeping with our desire, Adam-old and Saul-deep, to avoid responsibility and set up someone to blame. When this eternal high priest is established we have taken our desire to the n-th degree. Jesus is not only perfect man and perfect god, but a perfect out for our maturing. Go Jesus! Speak up for us, save us!
It would be helpful to hear the author of the Letter to the Hebrews respond to Jesus’ question, “What do you want from me?” This section would seem to say that we want a buffer between humanity and G*D, that we don’t want to see any further to our heritage.
Until this restrictive view of participating with G*D changes, we won’t hear those challenging words from Jesus, “Go on your way!” May you be well on your way today.