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Today’s Readings – Wednesday of week 2 of Ordinary Time - First Reading

Commentary on Heb 7:1-3, 15-17

We now continue to reflect on the meaning of Jesus Christ as our priest. Today’s reading speaks of Jesus being “in the order of Melkizedek” and discusses both the similarities and differences between the Old Testament figure and Christ.

The author explores the significance of applying Ps 110 ("You are a priest forever, according to the order of Melkizedek") to Christ. He relies on the only reference to Melkizedek, a mysterious king-priest, in the Old Testament, where he is described as meeting with Abraham (Gen 14). The author presumes that he belonged to the beliefs of Israel and not to some other religious grouping.

As the reading affirms, he is the King of Salem and a priest of the Most High God. He encountered A … Continue

Yesterday’s Readings – Tuesday of week 2 of Ordinary Time - First Reading

Commentary on Heb 6:10-20

The source of all our security is in the oath God has made to all humankind and whose pledge is in Jesus our High Priest, who has gone before us and on our behalf.

The reading begins with words of encouragement to the ‘Hebrews’, who … Continue

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