GOSPEL: Mark 10: 35-45
James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came forward to (Jesus)and said to him, Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever weask of you.”
And he said to them, “What is it you want me todo for you?”
And they said to him, “Grant us to sit, one atyour right hand and one at your left, in your glory.”
But Jesussaid to them, You do not know what you are asking. Are youable to drink the cup that I drink, or be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?”
They replied, “We are able.Then Jesus said to them, “The cup that I drink you will drink,and with the baptism with which I am baptized, you will be baptized;
but to sit at my right hand or at my left is not mineto grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared.”
When the ten heard this, they began to be angry withJames and John.
So Jesus called them and said to them, “Youknow that among the Gentiles those whom they recognize astheir rulers lord it over them, and their great ones are tyrantsover them.
But it is not so among you; but whoever wishes to become great among you must be your servant,
and whoever wishes to be first among you must be slave of all.
For the Sonof Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life aransom for many.”
Second Reading: Hebrews 5:1-10
Very high priest chosen from among mortals is put in charge of things pertaining to God on their behalf, to offer gifts andsacrifices for sins.
He is able to deal gently with the ignorantand wayward, since he himself is subject to weakness;
and because of this he must offer sacrifice for his own sins as wellas for those of the people.
And one does not presume to takethis honor, but takes it only when called by God, just as Aaronwas.
So also Christ did not glorify himself in becoming ahigh priest, but was appointed by the one who said to him,“You are my Son,today I have begotten you”;
as he says also in another place,“You are a priest forever,according to the order of Melchizedek.”
In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers andsupplications, with loud cries and tears, to the one who wasable to save him from death, and he was heard because of hisreverent submission.
Although he was a Son, he learnedobedience through what he suffered;
and having been made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all whoobey him,
having been designated by God a high priestaccording to the order Melchizedek.
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN ?
Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizecek.
Hebrews v. 6.
Priest is a strong and lovely word. There is no lovelier or sweeter name on earth. It is much better to hear that Christis called ‘Priest’, than Lord, or any other name. Priesthood is aspiritual power which means no other than that the priest stepsforth, and takes all the iniquities of the people upon himself asthough they were his very own. He intercedes with God for them and receives from Him the Word with which he cancomfort and help the people. It is lovelier and more comfortingthan “Father” and “Mother”, for this name brings us everythingelse. For by being a priest He makes God our Father andHimself our Lord. When I believe in His priesthood, then Iknow that His work is none other than to be seated in heaven asour Mediator, and that He makes intercession for us, before theFather, without ceasing, and all the time speaks on our behalf.This is the highest comfort that can be given to any man, andno sweeter sermon can be preached to our hearts.He suffered Himself once for all, so that He Himself both Priest and Sacrifice, and the Altar is the Cross. No more precious sacrifice could He offer to God than that He gaveHimself to be slain and consumed in the fire of love. That isthe true sacrifice.
Exposition of Genesis xiv.
W.A. 24. 280.
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