Sometimes knowing your place literally means knowing where you are. Other times, it means knowing your roles and responsibilities to yourself and to others. It takes time to realize that your place and role may be bigger than yourself because they reflect a call from God. A high priest fills a large role; he “is put in charge of things pertaining to God.” It requires gentleness and sacrifice, communication with the community and with God. This scripture alludes to the fact that being a high priest may not be for everybody. But many traditions ascribe to the notion of a “priesthood of all believers”—that we are all called by God to be gentle with one another, to teach one another, to sacrifice for one another.
The traditions and cultures that celebrate this concept of the priesthood of all believers varies. One example is the Samoan tradition of ifoga. After a grave offense occurs, the offender’s family takes responsibility to ask for forgiveness, offer sacrifice, and seek reconciliation. The family members act as priests, interceding on behalf of the offender, preparing offerings of food and gifts. They readily offer themselves as penitence for what has been done.
While the offender’s family waits outside, the victim’s family continues to grieve and mourn and decide on next steps. Retaliation is an option, but usually the families reconcile. The community begins the process of restoration, justice, and healing. The offender’s family shares in the other family’s pain, loss, and anguish. There are hugs and tears, prayers for the victim and the offender, and, in the end, there is forgiveness.
May we all hear God’s call to be priests to one another, offering gentleness and sacrifice.

What wondrous love is this, O my soul, O my soul! (UMH, no. 292)

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Leccionario Semanal
October 15–21, 2018
Resumen de la Escritura

At this point in Job’s story, God has heard questions from Job and long-winded moralizing by three of Job’s friends, who have pronounced that his misfortunes are divine judgment. Now God has heard enough and declares that God’s perspective is superior to theirs. God has been there from the beginning, as the psalmist reiterates, so no one should claim to know God’s mind or speak on God’s behalf. Even Jesus, the divine Son of God, yields to his heavenly Father. Hebrews tells us that Jesus made appeals to God as the ultimate high priest and thereby became the source of salvation for those who obey him. In the Gospel reading, Jesus specifies that his approaching act of submission and service will allow him to become a ransom for us.

Preguntas para la reflexión

• Read Job 38:1-7, 34-41. How do you continue to see the goodness of God when you find yourself in situations of intense suffering?
• Read Psalm 104:1-9, 24, 35c. Where do you catch glimpses of God? How significant is God’s natural world in your ability to see the holy?
• Read Hebrews 5:1-10. In what ways does the understanding of Jesus’ willing vulnerability while serving as high priest affect your interactions with others?
• Read Mark 10:35-45. When have you made a bold request of God? What was God’s reply?

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