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First Reading for the Saturday of the 2nd Week in Ordinary Time

Hebrews 9:2-3, 11-14

Summary: Christ, as a high priest, entered a perfect tabernacle with His own blood, surpassing animal sacrifices, and securing eternal redemption, purifying us to serve the living God.

Christ's Eternal Redemption

A tabernacle was constructed, the outer one, in which were the lampstand, the table, and the bread of offering; this is called the Holy Place. Behind the second veil was the tabernacle called the Holy of Holies.

But when Christ came as high priest of the good things that have come to be, passing through the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made by hands, that is, not belonging to this creation, he entered once for all into the sanctuary, not with the blood of goats and calves but with his own Blood, thus obtaining eternal redemption.

For if the blood of goats and bulls and the sprinkling of a heifer’s ashes can sanctify those who are defiled so that their flesh is cleansed, how much more will the Blood of Christ, who through the eternal spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from dead works to worship the living God.

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