Christology is that part of Theology that seeks to discover what it means for Jesus to be fully human and fully divine. Traditionally, this notion of Christology has been divided into a “high” Christology which emphasized more the divinity of Jesus, and a “low” Christology, which emphasized the humanity of Jesus. Not too long ago we discussed something similar when we spoke of the “Christ of Faith” and the “Jesus of history.”
It is not that only one is right, but rather that the mystery of Jesus, one who is both human and divine, is in fact difficult to grasp. And the temptation is to insist that one is much better than the other. But the truth is the mystery of the Incarnation is precisely that Jesus, the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity, is fully divine and fully human. And so we are able to see when we examine the mystery that there are times when Jesus is best understood with an emphasis upon humanity or divinity.
Today’s readings remind us that Jesus is not simply, or only, a very good human being. “It was fitting that we should have such a high priest: holy, innocent, undefiled, separated from sinners, higher than the heavens.” That is to say, the person of Jesus never ceased being the divine Person of the Trinity. He was able to intercede for us precisely because he was divine.
In the gospel the evil spirits know Jesus for who he is. He silences them, not because they do not speak what is true, but because revelation is best left to God. Only by the appropriate unfolding offered by the Son of God can humans come to better understand the mysteries God chooses to reveal. It is only God who can know how best to present the beauty of his mystery.
The lesson for us today is that we have a high priest in Jesus who wants nothing but our best, and helps us by giving us the grace to do his will.