Thursday, November 19, 2015

Hebrews 5:1-4

Hebrews 5:1-4
Contemporary English Version (CEV)

 A priest has the role of a servant.  It is not the priest's responsibility to invest concern in themselves, but rather to look to the people who come for help and take pity upon them, looking for ways to heal their wounds and orient them back to hope.  By no means is this an easy role, for it involves allowing the heart to be wounded for each soul that comes forward, for this is the only way to truly care for those in need.
  Christ was able to be the perfect high priest, for he has infinite love for each person that he cares for.  He does not grow weary of our weaknesses, nor does he tire of our complaints.  Christ loves us, even when we make the same mistakes all over again, and when we find the same frustrations and encounters with the same sins.  Christ loves us, and calls us back to faithfulness, offering us healing and forgiveness.
  May we endeavor to serve others as Christ serves us, loving deeply and caring faithfully for each person we encounter.  While we will never love to the same degree Christ loves, let us embark upon a journey to share what love we have with open hearts and open hands.

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