Second Reading for the Presentation of the Lord

Hebrews 2:14-18

Summary: Jesus, fully human, died to conquer death and release humanity from its fear, not to aid angels. His humanity enables him to empathize and intercede as our high priest.

Human to Redeem Humanity

Since the children share in blood and flesh, Jesus likewise shared in them, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the Devil, and free those who through fear of death had been subject to slavery all their life.

Surely he did not help angels but rather the descendants of Abraham; therefore, he had to become like his brothers and sisters in every way, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest before God to expiate the sins of the people.

Because he himself was tested through what he suffered, he is able to help those who are being tested.

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