THIRTIETH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME — Year B

Second Reading: Hebrews 5:1-6

A reading from the letter to the Hebrews.

Every high priest taken from among the faithful is appointed on their behalf to deal with the things of God, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins. The high priest is able to deal patiently with erring sinners, being likewise beset by weaknesses and so must make personal sin offerings as well as those for the people.  One does not take this honor on by one’s own initiative, but only when called by God as Aaron was.  Even Christ did not indulge in self-glorification with the office of high priest.  Christ received it from the One who said,

You are my Own;

today I have begotten you.

The Word of God recorded in the letter to the Hebrews.