From today’s New Testament reading, from Hebrews: ‘In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to him who was able to save him from death, and he was heard for his godly fear. Although he was a Son, he learned obedience through what he suffered; and being made perfect he became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey him, being designated by God a high priest after the order of Melchizedek’.

The reference to Melchizedek refers us back to Genesis and Abraham: ‘After [Abraham’s] return from the defeat of Chedorlaomer and the kings who were with him, the king of Sodom went out to meet him at the Valley of Shaveh (that is, the King’s Valley). And Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine; he was priest of God Most High’.

Melchizedek came to be seen as a Messianic figure and so foreshadowing Christ, whose designation as High Priest was the culmination and fulfilment of Melchizedek’s. Christ is also the High Priest of our own soul. May we welcome Him there, trusting always in His mercy. May God bless you this day.