Monday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time

Readings: Heb. 5:1-10 | Ps. 110:1-4 | Mk. 2:18-22

The author of Hebrews reminds us that all the priests of the Old Testament were priests called by God. These men responded to God’s call. They knew their own sinfulness and could therefore have compassion on others. These priests, being human, offered sacrifices of animals, etc., for the sins of people. Since they could only offer temporary atonement for the evil deeds, they offered new sacrifices time and again. The first reading reminds us that Jesus stood in contrast to these priests since Jesus was the High Priest who was also God. Jesus’ offering of His very life was the only sacrifice that He needed to make since He was God and gave all for the salvation of all of us. This is what made Jesus and His sacrifice different from the sacrifices of all who came before Him. The Gospel presents the situation of the scribes and Pharisees criticizing Jesus and His apostles for not fasting. Jesus tells them that while the bridegroom is still with them, they do not need to fast. It is only when the bridegroom leaves that they will have to do so. Jesus also tells them that no one puts new wine in old wine skins. He is trying to tell them that a new kingdom has come and new eyes are needed. The Scribes and Pharisees do not accept what Jesus teaches. Instead they continue to look for ways to accuse Jesus of evil doing.

We are invited to listen to Jesus’ words with open hearts that seek after God. God continues to reach out to us each day through the scriptures, events of our lives, and people who teach us through their good example. How open do we remain in order to allow our hearts to be touched by God? Take time today to allow God the opportunity to touch you. Spend time in quiet reflection on all the ways God comes to you. Thank God for these treasures in your life.

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