Daily Lectionary Readings for Year A
Tuesday, we reflected on the deaths of Sarah and Abraham. We stood at the edge of the cave of Machpelah, in the field of Ephron son of Zohar the Hittite, east of Mamre, the field that Abraham purchased from the Hittites, and we remembered those we love and praised God for their lives.
Today, Hebrews reminds us that God sent Jesus to live our human existence, a little lower than the angels. He experienced this life with the pain, confusion, and chaos that comes in a world such as ours. He also knew the joy and celebrations and blessings that living in a community in this world can bring. He suffered, and he died. Jesus was not only divine but also human. He died. He experienced what we all someday will experience, that passage from this life into the next, that transition from earth to heaven. Jesus died so that we could have life now and then.
So today, let us stand at the foot of the cross and praise God for Jesus, who died, was buried, and rose to prepare the way for all of us when we come to the end of this life. Let us go to the garden and look upon the stone rolled away from the tomb. Jesus has blessed our lives and our deaths. He has given us life, everlasting. Let us praise him today.