In today’s first reading, we hear that Jesus is the perfect high priest. He is the one who was without sin, yet he offered his life up as ransom for our sins, and the sins of the whole world.
It was fitting that we should have such a high priest:
holy, innocent, undefiled, separated from sinners,
higher than the heavens.
He has no need, as did the high priests,
to offer sacrifice day after day,
first for his own sins and then for those of the people;
he did that once for all when he offered himself.
For the law appoints men subject to weakness to be high priests,
but the word of the oath, which was taken after the law,
appoints a son, who has been made perfect forever.
The sacrifice of Jesus changed everything. No longer were we enslaved by sin, but rather freed to hope that we will live forever with him. That hope is grounded in our faith in Jesus.
Today we are called to pray for the innocent unborn. We must pray that hearts will be converted to the Lord and that all life in the womb will be protected and cherished. Jesus Christ, the holy high priest, expects no less.