April 6, 2019

We Are Also Priests

April 6, 2019


Hebrews 4:14-5:10
Psalm 32
This weekend’s reading: Luke 23:18-24


Henri Nouwen says in his book, Out of Solitude:
“When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives mean the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand. The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares.”
Just as Christ is our priest and reconciliation, how can we be priests to those around us?  We are called to be the hands and feet of Christ to everyone we come into contact with.  Sometimes that just means being a friend.  Sometimes it calls for more drastic measures.  But it always calls for love. 
Go and be priests of reconciliation. 


  • How am I being the hands and feet of Jesus right now?
  • What are the needs of those around me, and how can I help them?


  • Name three ways we are thankful for people helping us.


Lord, all around us people are hurting.  So are we.  We pray that as people bring your love into our lives, we would also share it with those around us.  Help us bring reconciliation instead of turmoil wherever we go.  In Jesus’ name, amen.