Psalm 105:1-2, 3-4, 6-7, 8-9
Therefore, He had to become like His brothers and sisters in every way, that He might be a merciful and faithful high priest before God to expiate the sins of the people.
In today's First Reading we are reminded that God's plan for our salvation required that The Divine take on our human flesh and all that accompanies it, good and bad!
To me, it seems radically unnecessary that God should be required to suffer; after all, He was God. There must have been another way, and yet Holy Scripture says, "He had to."
When faced with difficulties, we might want to remember this great mystery and consider the necessity of our sufferings, inconveniences and disappointments. With God's grace, may we accept what comes our way and trust that God's plan is greater and more perfect than our understanding.
Father Ed Bakker
Anglican Catholic Church / Original Province
Mission of Saint Aidan of Lindisfarne