Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/011915.cfm
Brothers and sisters: Every high priest is taken from among men and made their representative before God, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins. He is able to deal patiently with the ignorant and erring, for he himself is beset by weakness and so, for this reason, must make sin offerings for himself as well as for the people. No one takes this honor upon himself but only when called by God, just as Aaron was. In the same way, it was not Christ who glorified himself in becoming high priest, but rather the one who said to him: You are my Son: this day I have begotten you; just as he says in another place, You are a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek. In the days when he was in the Flesh, he offered prayers and supplications with loud cries and tears to the one who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverence. Son though he was, he learned obedience from what he suffered; and when he was made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him.
Jesus is the source of our eternal salvation. He is the one who died for us, who gave His life that we might have eternal life with the Father. Jesus learned obedience, have you? Have you given yourself to Him in total obedience or do you still try to do it your own way? His way leads to perfection, the world’s way leads to damnation. Which do you prefer?
Prayer: Heavenly Father, I fail so many times, but I know that obedience to you is what you desire. Forgive my failures and help me to rise above them and keep on following your path. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.
You are a priest forever, in the line of Melchizedek.