Every high priest chosen from among mortals is put in charge of things pertaining to God on their behalf, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins. He is able to deal gently with the ignorant and wayward, since he himself is subject to weakness; and because of this he must offer sacrifice for his own sins as well as for those of the people. And one does not presume to take this honour, but takes it only when called by God, just as Aaron was.
Reflection by Janet Derby
The idea of high priests is a bit foreign to us in the UCC. Even with my Catholic roots, I don’t tend to think about needing a priest to intervene on my behalf. However, I do believe that God calls each of us to take on certain tasks and roles, based on our abilities and gifts. God even calls us, as this passage indicates, because of our weaknesses. As we approach Commitment Sunday at Pilgrimage, it is a time to consider not only our financial gifts to God, but also our gifts of time and talent. What is God calling each of us to do as we continue through our period of transition?
Seeking God, help me to understand what you would have me do to further your kin-dom on Earth. Amen.