Thursday 21 January 2021

About Today Readings

St Agnes

Hebrews 7:25-8:6. Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will – Psalm 39(40):7-10, 17. Mark 3:7-12.

‘Here I am, Lord…. I delight to do Your will’

In today’s reading from the radiant Letter to the Hebrews, a vast history is suggested, and a change in history is explained. Our modern world understands sacrifice for financial reward or fame. For a gold medal, an athlete will sacrifice physical comfort. For a partnership in a law firm, a young man might sacrifice home life. But sacrifice in Hebrews concerns atonement for sin, and a profound change has occurred: ‘Jesus lives forever…’ and ‘…is able to save for all time those who approach God through Him.’ Jesus is ‘a high priest, holy, blameless, undefiled…. Unlike the other high priests, He has no need to offer sacrifices day after day, first for His own sins, and then for those of the people; this He did once for all when He offered Himself.’ God has cracked open history – why would we not respond like the Psalmist, ‘Here I am, Lord…. I delight to do Your will’?

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