Here is our New Testament reading, from Hebrews: ‘For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and spirit, of joints and marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And before him no creature is hidden, but all are open and laid bare to the eyes of him with whom we have to do. Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we have not a high priest who is unable to sympathise with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sinning. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

St John Chrysostom said: ‘We have also a great High Priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God. Because he added it, for this reason he went on, For we have not an High Priest who cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities. Therefore he said above, In that He has suffered Himself being tempted, He is able to succour them which are tempted. See then how here also he does the same. And what he says is to this effect: He went (he says) the road which we also are going now, or rather even a more rugged one. For He had experience of all human sufferings. … For having, he says, a great High Priest, who is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. What sort of profession does he mean? That there is a Resurrection, that there is a retribution: that there are good things innumerable; that Christ is God, that the Faith is right. These things let us profess, these things let us hold fast. For that they are true, is manifest from the fact, that the High Priest is within’.

‘The High Priest is within’. May we, this day, draw near to Him, dwelling in our hearts, offering His prayer to the Father. Through the Holy Spirit He draws near to us, and may we know the blessing and grace of the Holy Trinity.