The second reading at Mass on Sunday, the feast of Corpus Christi, came from the Letter to the Hebrews. In that letter the salvation won by Christ is related, compared and contrasted, to the rites of the Temple cult of Judaism.
Now Christ has come, as the high priest of all the blessings which were to come. He has passed through the greater, the more perfect tent, which is better than the one made by men’s hands because it is not of this created order; and he has entered the sanctuary once and for all, taking with him not the blood of goats and bull calves, but his own blood, having won an eternal redemption for us. The blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer are sprinkled on those who have incurred defilement and they restore the holiness of their outward lives; how much more effectively the blood of Christ, who offered himself as the perfect sacrifice to God through the eternal Spirit, can purify our inner self from dead actions so that we do our service to the living God. He brings a new covenant, as the mediator, only so that the people who were called to an eternal inheritance may actually receive what was promised: his death took place to cancel the sins that infringed the earlier covenant. Hebrews 9:11-15
Sometimes consideration of great themes of Christain faith – such as salvation – can be very abstract and theoretical. Yet, consider, Christ shed his blood for you. True, he shed it for countless others too but also for you and me, personally. Jesus who lived and served so lovingly as we read in the scriptures. He served so faithfully, so perfectly, and this for me and you personally.
- How – in the particular, unique circumstances of our lives might we live more humanly, more lovingly, more like Jesus today.
Tabernacle, Chapel of Reservation, Hinsley Hall, Leeds. (c) 2003, Allen Morris.