But when Christ came as a high priest of the good things that have come, then through the greater and perfect tent (not made with hands, that is, not of this creation), he entered once for all into the Holy Place, not with the blood of goats and calves, but with his own blood, thus obtaining eternal redemption. For if the blood of goats and bulls, with the sprinkling of the ashes of a heifer, sanctifies those who have been defiled so that their flesh is purified, how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify our conscience from dead works to worship the living God! For this reason he is the mediator of a new covenant, so that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance, because a death has occurred that redeems them from the transgressions under the first covenant.
Food For Thought:
The word that stands out to me is covenant. What is a covenant? It is a sacred promise between humans and God or humans and humans. Think about covenants with God or with others that you have made. How did you keep those covenants? What makes a covenant special?
As a child seeks a rising moon, as a pilgrim seeks a home, so I seek you, O Bright Spirit. You are safe harbor by day, safe haven at night. You are winter’s deep quiet and springtime’s light breeze. What I seek, you provide; what I need, you offer. Thanks be to you, O Spirit of life. Amen.
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