Yesterday on my way to work, I was listening to EWTN's daily Mass. I was pleasantly surprised to recognize Fr. Mitch Pacwa as the celebrant. While I'm not exactly a big fan of his particular vocal stylings, I often find that if I listen long enough, he has something worthwhile to say. Yesterday was such a day.
The New Testament reading came from Hebrews 6:10-20.
Mitch noted how Jesus was not a priest in the order of Aaron, but Melchizedek. He talked about how the High Priest (and only the High Priest) was allowed to enter the Holy of Holies on one day a year (the Day of Atonement). He had to have a rope tied around his ankle, just in case he should happen to die in the presence of God & needed to be dragged out. What a lovely picture, eh? But it happened.
Jesus entered the Holy of Holies with a kind of rope attached to Himself as well, but not for the same reason as an earthly High Priest. Mitch painted a wonderful picture of Jesus being the "anchor for the soul". Christ, our High Priest, Christ, our anchor does not need to be dragged from the Holy of Holies... No, the rope is actually there to pull US in...
For more, check out the audio here:
1-22-13 EWTN Daily Mass