Wednesday 27 January 2021

A family matter


“All the priests stand at their duties every day, offering over and over again the same sacrifices which are quite incapable of taking sins away. He, on the other hand, has offered one single sacrifice for sins, and then taken his place forever, at the right hand of God, where he is now waiting until his enemies are made into a footstool for him. By virtue of that one single offering, he has achieved the eternal perfection of all whom he is sanctifying..’”

hebrews 10:11 -15


With each new day comes new jobs and tasks. There are chores to do and responsibilities to fulfil, and some days may feel like Groundhog Day, as we pick up the same jobs as yesterday, and go through the motions. Some people like routine, of course. It suits their personality, fulfils their need for familiarity. The writer of the letter to the Hebrews compares the work of Jesus to the work of the priests in the Temple who faithfully fulfil their familiar daily duties of sacrifice and prayer. But the daily sacrifices they make, he says, can’t be compared to the once and for all sacrifice of Jesus on the cross. His death was perfectly sufficient for all people and all time. Whatever your day will be like today, whether it’s a smooth ride or a slog, a day full of tedious tasks or fulfilling responsibilities that you love, we can give thanks to God for the work of Christ, whose saving death transforms us and makes us holy. His love has conquered death, dispersed the darkness of despair. May each little task we do today bring to mind the even more significant and saving work of Christ on the cross.


Lord Jesus Christ, we adore you and we bless you, because by your holy cross, you have redeemed the world.


Mass is offered at St Mary’s today at 1100hrs

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