Hebrews 10:1-10 Reflection:
Paul continues to reveal to us who Jesus really is. In these writings, Paul is saying clearly that Jesus is no ordinary prophet but has been sent by God and from God to carry out the will of the Father. As if to give proof of this, Paul quotes from the prophet Isaiah and uses his words to show the uniqueness of Jesus.
“You who wanted no sacrifice or oblation, prepared a body for me.
You took no pleasure in holocausts or sacrifices for sin;
then I said, just as I was commanded in the scroll of the book,
‘God, here I am! I am coming to obey your will.’”
Note how Paul says that the Father had prepared a body for Jesus. This shows us that Paul understood that Jesus had existed in heaven with the Father before he came to this world. This Christology of Paul is important because it shows us that the apostles were asking themselves the same sort of questions we often do when we first come to the Christian life. Questions such as, ‘who exactly is Jesus, and what is his relationship with the Father?’
As we become more aware of the immensity of the Jesus event, his birth, life, death and resurrection, we begin to grasp the meaning of the word, Emmanuel, God is with us. There is no other event in history like this one.
I watched Fr Barron the other day on You Tube. He was responding to some philosopher who had tried to make fun of those who believe. Fr Barron, as usual, was brilliant in his rebuttal. In one phrase he showed his exasperation at all these philosophers when he said, “Who cares what they think.”
That’s exactly what Jesus does to this world: he forces us to make a decision for or against him. Those who want to turn from him make all sorts of excuses but in the end they know in their heart that they are refusing the call to be like Jesus.
But this puts more of an onus on us, because we have chosen to follow him!!