Now God did not subject the coming world, about which we are speaking, to angels.
But someone has testified somewhere, "What are human beings that you are mindful of them, or mortals, that you care for them? You have made them for a little while lower than the angels; you have crowned them with glory and honour, subjecting all things under their feet." Now in subjecting all things to them, God left nothing outside their control. As it is, we do not yet see everything in subjection to them, but we do see Jesus, who for a little while was made lower than the angels, now crowned with glory and honor because of the suffering of death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone. It was fitting that God, for whom and through whom all things exist, in bringing many children to glory, should make the pioneer of their salvation perfect through sufferings. For the one who sanctifies and those who are sanctified all have one Father. For this reason Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters, saying, "I will proclaim your name to my brothers and sisters, in the midst of the congregation I will praise you."
Today is Tuesday 15 January, in the First Week of Ordinary Time.
‘Christ be near at either hand’.Let me make these simple words my prayer today. Let me know Christ’s presence in my life, Christ’s closeness to me in every moment of this day, and let me welcome that presence with an open heart.
Today’s reading is from St Paul’s letter to the Hebrews.
Christ has come to save us. Looking around our world it is clear that, boy do we need saving! But how often do we think about and appreciate the greatness of the gift from God that was his Son?
The reading says all things were under him, but this is not through power and grandeur, but through his service and death. He is the Lord of all, who revealed himself to us as a poor and vulnerable baby, not through subjugation and domination. How do I see this baby? Who is he for me?
As you listen to the reading again, think about the ways in which you reflect Christ in your life. His actions were of benefit to all humanity. Could you say the same for your actions?
If we follow Jesus we need to live simply – it’s not just giving up possessions but about putting Christ at the centre of our lives. Having our focus on the right things, and the right relationships, amidst the pressure to have more, do more, buy more…. We are called brothers and sisters in Christ. How does it make you feel to think that you are Christ’s brother or sister? Offer that feeling to God now in the simplicity of your prayer.