Daily Readings January 21
For a tabernacle was made at first, in which were the lampstand, and the table, and the bread of the Presence, which is called Holy. Then, beyond the second veil, was the tabernacle, which is called the Holy of Holies, But Christ, standing as the High Priest of future good things, through a greater and more perfect tabernacle, one not made by hand, that is, not of this creation, entered once into the Holy of Holies, having obtained eternal redemption, neither by the blood of goats, nor of calves, but by his own blood. For if the blood of goats and oxen, and the ashes of a calf, when these are sprinkled,sanctify those who have been defiled, in order to cleanse the flesh, how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the Holy Spirit has offered himself, immaculate, to God, cleanse our conscience from dead works, in order to serve the living God?
A Canticle Psalm. To the sons of Korah, on the second Sabbath. The Lord is great and exceedingly praiseworthy, in the city of our God, on his holy mountain. For behold, the kings of the earth have been gathered together; they have convened as one. Such did they see, and they were astonished: they were disturbed, they were moved. Trembling took hold of them. In that place, their pains were that of a woman in labor. With a vehement spirit, you will crush the ships of Tarshish.
And they went to a house, and the crowd gathered together again, so much so that they were not even able to eat bread. And when his own had heard of it, they went out to take hold of him. For they said: “Because he has gone mad.”