The second reading at Mass on Sunday, the feast of Corpus Christi, came from the Letter to the Hebrews. In that letter the salvation won by Christ is related, compared and contrasted, to the rites of the Temple cult of Judaism.
Now Christ has come, as the high priest of all the blessings which were to come. He has passed through the greater, the more perfect tent, which is better than the one made by men’s hands because it is not of this created order; and he has entered the sanctuary once and for all, taking with him not the blood of goats and bull calves, but his own blood, having won an eternal redemption for us.
The blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer are sprinkled on those who have incurred defilement and they restore the holiness of their outward lives; how much more effectively…
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