Living Eucharist

Book of Gospels, MoscowThe second reading on Sunday coming, the 32nd of Ordinary Time, comes again from the Letter to the Hebrews.

It is not as though Christ had entered a man-made sanctuary which was only modelled on the real one; but it was heaven itself, so that he could appear in the actual presence of God on our behalf. And he does not have to offer himself again and again, like the high priest going into the sanctuary year after year with the blood that is not his own, or else he would have had to suffer over and over again since the world began.

Instead of that, he has made his appearance once and for all, now at the end of the last age, to do away with sin by sacrificing himself.

Since men only die once, and after that comes judgement, so Christ, too, offers himself only once to takeā€¦

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