The End of Sacrifices for Sin (Wed. Dec. 30)

The word of the day is “sacrifice.” In today’s reading of Hebrews 10:1-18, the apostle announces the end of sacrifices for sin. He writes, “For by one offering He [Christ]  has perfected forever those who are being sanctified” (vs. 14). Therefore, there is no longer any need for more offerings for sin.  All that is necessary for our redemption has been fulfilled. A One-Time Offering The apostle argues at length that the sacrifices of the Old Testament were ineffective because they had to be repeated again and again (vs. 11).  But Christ’s sacrifice on the cross was “once and for all” (10).  The proof of its efficacy was that Christ “sat down at the right hand of God” after He…

Poured Out As an Offering (Tues. Oct. 20)

The word of the day is “poured.”  In today’s reading of Philippians 2:17-23, St. Paul returns to the thought of his impending trial. It is certain that he will have to appear in court.  It is uncertain what the outcome will be. In the event of his execution, he writes, “Yes, and if I am being poured out as a drink offering on the sacrifice and service of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with you all” (vs. 17). Like St. Ignatius, Paul is comparing his potential death to a sacrificial offering.  More exactly, it is a “drink offering,” “a libation.”  In his martyrdom, his blood would be poured out like an offering of wine or other liquid to…