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Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

The Spirit of the Lord is upon you.
The child you shall bear will be holy.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Hebrews 2, 5-12

It was not under angels that he put the world to come, about which we are speaking.

Someone witnesses to this somewhere with the words: What are human beings that you spare a thought for them, a child of Adam that you care for him?

For a short while you have made him less than the angels; you have crowned him with glory and honour,

put all things under his feet. For in putting all things under him he made no exceptions. At present, it is true, we are not able to see that all things are under him,

but we do see Jesus, who was for a short while made less than the angels, now crowned with glory and honour because he submitted to death; so that by God's grace his experience of death should benefit all humanity.

It was fitting that God, for whom and through whom everything exists, should, in bringing many sons to glory, make perfect through suffering the leader of their salvation.

For consecrator and consecrated are all of the same stock; that is why he is not ashamed to call them brothers

in the text: I shall proclaim your name to my brothers, praise you in full assembly; or in the text:


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Look down, O Lord, on your servants.
Be it unto us according to your word.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

“What are human beings that you are mindful of them, or mortals, that you care for them?” This line from Psalm 8 is quoted by the author of this Letter to remind believers of God's extraordinary love: in order to save humanity from the power of evil and death, God not only remained looking down from heaven, but sent his own Son to take care of and save us. Human beings are not small things for the Lord; they are the objects of his love. He even leaves heaven to come towards us and save us! Sometimes we think that God has abandoned us or that he is distant, deaf to our invocations, or insensitive to our suffering. In truth we are the ones who are far away, so focused on ourselves that we do not notice that God is near, much closer than we think. God sent his Son to earth so that he might take the entire weight of human suffering on his shoulders and experience the violence of evil in order to defeat it for us. God is not far from us. Rather, when suffering seizes us, he comes to our side to take on our pain and our suffering. His love for us truly is limitless. Out of love, he sent his own Son to earth to “bring many children to glory” (v.10). This is why the Son descended to the greatest depths of human history to gather everyone and bring them safely to heaven. Thus he became “the pioneer of [the] salvation” (v. 10) of all men and women. He was the Son of the Most High, but he was not ashamed of us, of our sin, or our poverty. Indeed, he said to the Father: “I will proclaim your name to my brothers and sisters, in the midst of the congregation I will praise you” (v.12). For those Christians who were living under the threat of persecution and suffering, this announcement was a great consolation. May we too welcome these words, because they are still a source of consolation for those who suffer and for those who are oppressed. Jesus became the “high priest” for believers and for all of humanity. This is the first time in the New Testament that the title of “high priest” is used for Jesus. It does not distance him from humanity, but rather reveals him as the true intercessor who saves. In the communion that binds the Father, the Son, and the community of brothers and sisters, we contemplate the very mystery of the Church, which is a community admitted into God's presence by its high priest, Jesus Christ. United with Christ, we too become priests, who intercede at the altar of God for the sick, the persecuted, and for all of humanity