ORDINARY TIME, Week 4: Saturday

“Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant...” (Hebrews 13:20.)

Saint Ephrem the Syrian offers the following insight on this verse from today’s First Reading:

“The blood of the eternal covenant,” not through that which passes away but through the one which remains forever, that is, Jesus Christ our Lord. “He will equip you with everything good,” and away from the covenant of the law, which you have now, “that you may do his will” in everything and not in accordance with the weak observations of the law. “I appeal to you, brethren, bear with my words of exhortation”—I wrote and proved that all those traditional customs on which you pride yourselves are only traces of this new gospel which was preached to you through Christ. “I have written to you briefly,” in accordance with your strength; if you are just adequate to your task, I will write to you more, but if you have reached perfection, you do not need any of these words.” (Commentary on Epistle to the Hebrews)

Grant us, Lord our God,
that we may honor You with all our mind,
and love everyone in truth of heart.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
Who lives and reigns with You
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Glory to the Father
and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning,
is now, and will be forever. Amen