The End of Sacrifices for Sin (Wed. Jan. 12)

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).  Consequently there is no longer a need for any 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 had finished His mission…

Christ, the Head of All Creation, is Head of His Body, the Church (Mon. Oct. 11)

The word of the day for Monday, October 11 is “above.”  In today’s reading of Ephesians 1:22-2:3, St. Paul writes in lofty terms about the majesty of Christ, the glory that He shares with His church as its Head.  In the earlier verses, the apostle writes that Christ now sits at the right hand of God “far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come” (OSB Ephesians 1:21).  The Orthodox Study Bible notes that “principality, power, might, and dominion are orders of angelic beings” (OSB fn. Eph. 1:21-23).  Next to God, the Holy Trinity, these powers are the supreme beings…