Mass Reading & Meditation for January 29, 2013
Meditation: Hebrews 10:1-10
3rd Week in Ordinary Time
We have been consecrated by the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. (Hebrews 10:10)
What an amazing thing you have done for us, Jesus! By offering your own body on the cross, you have consecrated all of us. You have set us apart to be holy. You have given each and every one of us the chance to live in unity with your Father, filled with the divine life of your own Holy Spirit! Lord, how can I keep from praising and thanking you for such grace?
All glory to you, Lord, for all the good things that have indeed come through your offering! All humanity has been washed clean from sin and set free from its bondage—and that includes me! The deceptive, destructive, enslaving power of sin has been overcome, and I can now rise above the lure of temptation. You didn’t just forgive me; you have empowered me to live a new life!
Praise to you, Jesus, that you have washed me from the stain of original sin! Because of your cross, I am now white as snow. Even when I sin, you provide a remedy for me—Reconciliation—where I can rediscover my purity. Where it was impossible for the blood of sacrificial animals to forgive sins once and for all, your own precious blood has washed me and now speaks a powerful word of righteousness and reconciliation!
How glorious is the mystery of your cross! You made yourself so small, taking on my human nature, just so you could raise me up beyond my wildest dreams. Through my disobedience, the gates of heaven were locked, but you opened them up for me once again. Now, not only are the gates opened, you have even prepared me to enter. You have cleansed me, taught me, and even given me your Holy Spirit to help me stay faithful. Lord, your sacrifice has done everything for me!
Lord, I rejoice in your grace. I rejoice because I am yours, rescued by your cross and consecrated by your blood. Now, in gratitude I will step forth in faith to receive everything you have given me. You are my Redeemer, and I will bless you all the days of my life.
“Lord, you have redeemed me. Now I echo Jesus’ own words: ‘Behold, I come to do your will!’ ”
Psalm 40:2, 4, 7-8, 10-11; Mark 3:31-35