Daily Readings January 24
For the law contains the shadow of future good things, not the very image of these things. So, by the very same sacrifices which they offer ceaselessly each year, they can never cause these to approach perfection. Otherwise, they would have ceased to be offered, because the worshipers, once cleansed, would no longer be conscious of any sin. Instead, in these things, a commemoration of sins is made every year. For it is impossible for sins to be taken away by the blood of oxen and goats. For this reason, as Christ enters into the world, he says: “Sacrifice and oblation, you did not want. But you have fashioned a body for me. Holocausts for sin were not pleasing to you. Then I said, ‘Behold, I draw near.’ At the head of the book, it has been written of me that I should do your will, O God.” In the above, by saying, “Sacrifices, and oblations, and holocausts for sin, you did not want, nor are those things pleasing to you, which are offered according to the law; then I said, ‘Behold, I have come to do your will, O God,’ ” he takes away the first, so that he may establish what follows. For by this will, we have been sanctified, through the one time oblation of the body of Jesus Christ.
Unto the end. A Psalm of David himself. May the Lord preserve him and give him life, and make him blessed upon the earth. And may he not hand him over to the will of his adversaries. My enemies have spoken evils against me. When will he die and his name perish? And when he came in to see me, he was speaking emptiness. His heart gathered iniquity to itself. He went outside, and he was speaking in the same way. They established an unjust word against me. Will he that sleeps no longer rise again? For even the man of my peace, in whom I hoped, who ate my bread, has greatly supplanted me.
And his mother and brothers arrived. And standing outside, they sent to him, calling him. And the crowd was sitting around him. And they said to him, “Behold, your mother and your brothers are outside, seeking you.” And responding to them, he said, “Who is my mother and my brothers?” And looking around at those who were sitting all around him, he said: “Behold, my mother and my brothers. For whoever has done the will of God, the same is my brother, and my sister and mother.”