Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Tuesday: Second Week in Ordinary Time

Readings: Heb 6:10-20; Psa 111:1-10; Mark 2:23-38


Brothers and sisters:
God is not unjust so as to overlook your work
and the love you have demonstrated for His name...

...so that by two immutable things,
in which it was impossible for God to lie,
we who have taken refuge might be strongly encouraged
to hold fast to the hope that lies before us.
This we have as an anchor of the soul...

I will give thanks to the LORD with all my heart
in the company and assembly of the just.
Great are the works of the LORD,
exquisite in all their delights.

He has won renown for his wondrous deeds;
gracious and merciful is the LORD.
He has given food to those who fear Him;
He will forever be mindful of his covenant.

He has sent deliverance to His people;
He has ratified his covenant forever;
holy and awesome is His name.
His praise endures forever.

...Then He said to them,
“The sabbath was made for man, not man for the sabbath.
That is why the Son of Man is lord even of the sabbath.”

The law had served its purpose and now the Lord was ushering in a new era, a new covenant.
He “sent deliverance to his people” and in gratitude we serve, not to follow a long list of laws, but to show him our love. He will not “overlook” our service to him, but will reward us for holding fast to him—our hope, our anchor.

In our era of change and uncertainty, it is reassuring to remember that the Lord will forever be mindful of His covenant.

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