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Prayer for the unity of the Churches. Particular memory of the Churches and ecclesial communities (Lutheran, Reformed, Methodist, Baptist, Pentecostal).

Reading of the Word of God

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

I am the good shepherd,
my sheep listen to my voice,
and they become
one flock and one fold.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Hebrews 7, 25-8,6

It follows, then, that his power to save those who come to God through him is absolute, since he lives for ever to intercede for them.

Such is the high priest that met our need, holy, innocent and uncontaminated, set apart from sinners, and raised up above the heavens;

he has no need to offer sacrifices every day, as the high priests do, first for their own sins and only then for those of the people; this he did once and for all by offering himself.

The Law appoints high priests who are men subject to weakness; but the promise on oath, which came after the Law, appointed the Son who is made perfect for ever.

The principal point of all that we have said is that we have a high priest of exactly this kind. He has taken his seat at the right of the throne of divine Majesty in the heavens,

and he is the minister of the sanctuary and of the true Tent which the Lord, and not any man, set up.

Every high priest is constituted to offer gifts and sacrifices, and so this one too must have something to offer.

In fact, if he were on earth, he would not be a priest at all, since there are others who make the offerings laid down by the Law,

though these maintain the service only of a model or a reflection of the heavenly realities; just as Moses, when he had the Tent to build, was warned by God who said: See that you work to the design that was shown you on the mountain.

As it is, he has been given a ministry as far superior as is the covenant of which he is the mediator, which is founded on better promises.


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

I give you a new commandment,
that you love one another.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

This passage again explains the meaning of the High Priesthood of Christ: “Unlike the other high priests, he has no need to offer sacrifices day after day, first for his own sins, and then for those of the people; this he did once for all when he offered himself.” We are at the heart of the Christian faith: Jesus offered his life for us as an innocent victim and a unique sacrifice, through which he established himself as the mediator between God and humanity. Through him we can be forgiven and enter into communion with God, living in a covenant with Him. With his death and resurrection, Jesus began a new time and a new covenant through his blood poured out for us. We celebrate this great mystery of salvation in the Eucharistic liturgy, because each time his body and blood are offered, his death and resurrection are renewed and we are established as his people, his community. This allows us to understand the centrality of the Sunday Eucharistic Liturgy, in which we are reborn to new life. Just as the Jewish Sabbath as seen in the book of Genesis is the fulfilment of creation, so the Christian Sunday is the fulfilment of a new creation inaugurated by the death and resurrection of the Lord. Of course, this fulfilment is only partial for us and for creation today, because death and corruption have been defeated only in Christ Jesus, not in us and creation. In fact, we are waiting with hope for the complete fulfilment, when “Death will be no more; mourning and crying and pain will be no more, for the first things have passed away” (Rev 21:4). However, in the encounter with Jesus, we already experience liberation from the slavery of sin, the forgiveness that is given, and the healing of our souls. The healing work of Jesus, recounted in the Gospels, is a sign that the Kingdom of God has already begun, but has not yet reached its fullness for which we need this high priest after the order of Melchizedek, who will continue to offer his life for us, giving us his bread, making himself food for us in the Word that becomes the bread and food of eternal life.