The 2nd reading on Sunday, the 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, spoke of the entirely exceptional ministry of Jesus. He alone, a non-priest according to the Jewish law, was able to achieve everything that the priests of Judaism hoped and prayed for, but could not deliver:
All the priests stand at their duties every day, offering over and over again the same sacrifices which are quite incapable of taking sins away. He, on the other hand, has offered one single sacrifice for sins, and then taken his place forever, at the right hand of God, where he is now waiting until his enemies are made into a footstool for him. By virtue of that one single offering, he has achieved the eternal perfection of all whom he is sanctifying. When all sins have been forgiven, there can be no more sin offerings.
The Christian liturgy is about the…
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