3rd Week in Ordinary Time, Monday, Year I

In today’s First Reading the Letter to the Hebrews reminds us that Our Lord has not paid the price of redemption in installments; he has paid in full. In the past, sacrifices were made over and over to make some small reparation for past faults and to please the Lord. Our Lord offered himself once and for all, a perfect sacrifice that satisfied the debt of justice owed to the Heavenly Father completely on our behalf. The merits of Our Lord’s self-gift are limitless, if we turn to him and let him settle our debt.

Today in Christian worship we add our sacrifices in every celebration of the Eucharist to the one sacrifice, the sacrifice Our Lord made once and for all, the sacrifice that we offer to the Father over and over again in the Eucharist throughout history. Our Lord takes our sacrifices and presents them to the Father as well.

Let’s thank Our Lord today for having paid our debts in full.

Readings: Hebrews 9:15, 24–28; Psalm 98:1–6; Mark 3:22–30. See also 27th Week in Ordinary Time, Friday.