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 sympathize 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.
There is an old saying ” You can’t understand what someone is going through unless you have walked a mile in his shoes”. No one knows what others go through on a daily basis or how hard it must be at times to go through life.
Christ understood completely what it is like to be human because He was human. He understands about temptation because He was tempted in the desert. He understands human relationships and those struggles because He had many human relationships with saints and sinners alike, mostly sinners.
Christ continues to understand our weaknesses even to this day and beyond. He is there to help and guide us through any situation. He is not someone unapproachable but is very present in all of our lives if we choose to let Him in.
Christ was tested in every way yet was without sin. No, we humans can’t say that we go through the tests of our days without sin. We sin all the time. Yet, Christ is there so we can approach the throne of grace to receive mercy and find help in our time of need.
We don’t know what others go through every day. Our society has become so self-absorbed and we are only concerned about our needs. We need to heed the call of Pope Francis to turn the “I” into “We” and help our fellow human beings to pass each test of life.
Aren’t we blessed to have someone in our corner that has also been through the battles? We have that in Christ. He is there for us because of His love and because He has been through more than we will ever have to endure.
Walk a mile in another shoes – think about that today as you have encounters with others. Be merciful, compassionate and supportive. By your actions, you could affect someone else who going through a similar experience and change that person forever.
Let Christ who has experienced all our struggles be our guiding light as we continue our walk in life and our walk in the Lord.