Sunday, January 27, 2013

Monday, January 28, 2013

Reflection:  Today’s letter to the Hebrews reminds us that a death has taken place for deliverance from transgressions under the first covenant.  This speaks to the old covenant made by God and His people (the Mosaic Covenant), which was a traditional Old Testament blood covenant.  In this type of covenant animals were killed, cut in half, and the parties of the covenant walked through the halves of the animals to symbolize what was due if someone broke the covenant.  Needless to say, we have failed to live up to the covenant with God, which means that we are to die for our transgressions.  However, God, in His great mercy, sent His son to take our place.  Jesus’ death is the death referred to in today’s reading, and His death abolished the old covenant and freed us from the punishment that was due.  Since His death abolished the old covenant, is allowed for the new covenant to be established.  This new covenant is so much greater than the old because it promises us mercy instead of only justice, and allows us to receive the promised inheritance of heaven despite our failures.

Big Picture:  Jesus took our place

Discussion Starters:
     Younger saints:
  What is a covenant?  (A promise made between God and His people.  God promises to look after His people, and they promise to listen to and obey God.)  Do you know why Jesus died on the cross?  (Our sins made it so that we could not go to heaven.  He suffered for our sins to make it so we can go to heaven.)  Why did Jesus do this for us?  (Because He loves us and wants us to go to heaven to be with Him forever.)
     Older saints:  What does it mean to you that Jesus took your place and died instead of you?  How will you repay Him?

Fun Fact:  The Mosaic Covenant was established in the book of Exodus (Chapters 19-24).

Saint of the day: 
 St. Thomas Aquinas
     What they are remembered for:  When St. Thomas was only five years old his father placed him under the care of the Benedictines of Monte Casino.  His teachers were surprised at how he surpassed other students in academics and in virtue.  St. Thomas was a great author, priest, and theologian.  He was offered numerous high position in his time but always sought to humbly serve our Lord through his every day work.
     Feast day:  January 28
     Patron saint of:  Universities and students

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