Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
January 23, A.D. 2003
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
The author of the Letter to the Hebrews is obviously trying to lift up
the spirits of this discouraged people, and trying very hard to keep
them from falling back to their former religion. In eloquent language,
he contrasts the sacrifices of the Old Covenant with the perfect
sacrifice of the New Covenant. In their former relationship with God,
priests had to continually offer sacrifice for sin, never sure that sin
was eradicated. Jesus Christ, in contrast, offered one sacrifice, once
and for all. And then, the great central teaching of the Letter to the
Hebrews, sin has been forgiven, and we are free!
Jesus Christ will ever be a mystery; we can never adequately grasp this
High Priest who is also one like us, this serene Redeemer, living
completely apart from us on His throne in Heaven, yet also one who
commiserates with our weakness as a Friend of sinners. In the Gospel, we
are awed by the dignity of Jesus, bombarded by shouts, cries for
healing, a constant din of people from many countries, rude, boisterous,
yet hungry for His sacred Word.
And Jesus calmly distances Himself by getting into a boat!
Can we ever be grateful enough, eager enough? We should fear only one
thing -- to abandon or give up what has been freely given us as gift! We
must never let the temptations of our sophisticated and bored society
cause us to lose sight of the reality of a Sacrifice so effective that
it has cleansed and sanctified our whole world, and given it a power to
repent, meditate, and accept the high dignity He has bestowed on us, His
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