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Today’s Readings – Wednesday of Week 8 of Ordinary Time - First Reading

Commentary on 1 Peter 1:18-25

Peter reminds us that we have been “ransomed” ("redeemed” in some versions).  In the Scriptures, to ‘ransom’ (literally, ‘buy back’) means to free someone from something bad by paying a penalty.  Similarly, in the Greek world slaves could be made free by the payment of a price, either by someone else or by the slave himself.

In this case, the ransom price is not silver or gold but something far more precious, Christ’s own blood poured out for us by his death on the cross.  The result is the “forgiveness of sin” and our reconciliation with God.

The readers are told that they have been “ransomed from the futile conduct", an empty way of life, that had been handed down by their ancestors.  Som … Continue

Yesterday’s Readings – Tuesday of Week 8 of Ordinary Time - First Reading

Commentary on 1 Peter 1:10-16

Peter continues to speak of the “salvation” which the Christians are confident of experiencing. We now are the possessors of the grace which the prophets of the Old Testament looked for.  They spoke in advance of the very blessings which the Ch … Continue


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