Lent 5 - Year B
Priests take folks to God through their gifts and sacrifices — intermediary after intermediary.
Imaging Jesus as a priest, high or low, turns Jesus into a functionary.
Hebrews does us the great injustice of turning Prophet Jesus with a word from G*D into merely a sacrificing priest. This has sown seeds of a hierarchical church, orthodoxy, and creedal standards that keep us tied to the past and oh so slow to repent of each of these methods that ask for continued sacrifice of minorities within and without the church walls.
Want to get your faith energized again? Throw out the priestly imagery of Hebrews and return to Prophet Jesus. We don’t need a perpetual priest, but a present prophet.