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First Reading for the Tuesday of the 3rd Week in Ordinary Time

Hebrews 10:1-10

Summary: The law's sacrifices, mere shadows, couldn't perfect worshippers. Christ's arrival changes this: He fulfills God's will, not through traditional offerings, but through His singular, sanctifying sacrifice.

Christ's Sacrifice Supersedes the Law

Brothers and sisters:
Since the law has only a shadow of the good things to come, and not the very image of them, it can never make perfect those who come to worship by the same sacrifices that they offer continually each year.

Otherwise, would not the sacrifices have ceased to be offered, since the worshipers, once cleansed, would no longer have had any consciousness of sins?

But in those sacrifices there is only a yearly remembrance of sins, for it is impossible that the blood of bulls and goats take away sins. For this reason, when he came into the world, he said:

Sacrifice and offering you did not desire,
but a body you prepared for me;
in burnt offerings and sin offerings you took no delight.
Then I said, As is written of me in the scroll,
Behold, I come to do your will, O God.

First he says,

Sacrifices and offerings,
burnt offerings and sin offerings,
you neither desired nor delighted in.

These are offered according to the law. Then he says,

Behold, I come to do your will.

He takes away the first to establish the second. By this “will,” we have been consecrated through the offering of the Body of Jesus Christ once for all.

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