Lent 3, Tuesday, Year B

Inspired by Hebrews 9:23-28 

“For Christ did not enter a sanctuary made by human hands, a mere copy of the true one, but he entered into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God on our behalf.” Hebrews 9:24 (NRSV) 

The work of Christ was for the sake of humankind, but he did not follow a human script or human rules to accomplish his work. Because he is fully human, we can see what he did and we can relate to him, but because he is also fully God we cannot comprehend the scope of his accomplishment.

We can only act upon what we have been told. God gave instructions on how to build his sanctuary, but that sanctuary is only a pale imitation of his true, heavenly dwelling place. God gave commands regarding blood sacrifices of atonement, but those sacrifices were only substitutions, and therefore of limited effect. Jesus the Christ, son of Mary, Son of God, was able to fulfill the human requirements in the heavenly realm, because only God the Son can truly comprehend God the Father. And because of his sacrifice, humanity and divinity have now been joined both on earth and in heaven.

Let us pray. Majestic God, your ways are incomprehensible to us. Grant us the humility to accept and give thanks to your Son, that while we may not understand all he has done for us, we may yet enjoy the grace he affords us. Through Christ our Lord, Amen.