In these last days

In today’s readings, the author of the Letter to the Hebrew is speaking to a people who have grown weary with the demands of Christian life and a growing indifference to that calling as other longings and desires have begun to draw their attention away from the centrality of Christ in their lives. And so the power rhetoric of the letter begins:

In times past, God spoke in partial and various ways
to our ancestors through the prophets;
in these last days, he spoke to us through the Son,
whom he made heir of all things
and through whom he created the universe

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God’s Final Word

In today’s gospel, Jesus tells his disciples of his dying and rising. I suspect that the disciples, not having categories of understanding to realize that Resurrection is being pointed to, simply nod and imagine “rising” of the new earthly kingdom – the restoration of the throne of David. At which point, the mother of the sons of Zebedee asks Jesus for positions of privilege, power, and honor. At that point, as my friend, Fr. Bill would say, Jesus is “patiently exasperated.”

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