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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

January 23, A.D. 2003

Hebrews 25--8:6
Psalm 40:7-10,17
Mark 3:7-12


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 Body.

- Msgr. Paul Whitmore (smartins@twcny.rr.com)

http://www.christdesert.org/public_texts/martyrology/



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