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<< Saturday, February 3, 2001 >> St. Blase
St. Ansgar

 
Hebrews 13:15-17, 20-21
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Psalm 23 Mark 6:30-34
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A PEOPLE OF SACRIFICE

 
Through Jesus, "let us continually offer God a sacrifice of praise." —Hebrews 13:15
 

Because Jesus has offered His once-and-for-all sacrifice on Calvary (Heb 10:10-12), we are a people of sacrifice. We have been baptized into Jesus and therefore into His death and sacrifice (see Rm 6:3). We center our lives on the sacrifice of the Mass, which transcends time and space. We must offer our bodies to the Lord as living sacrifices (Rm 12:1). Through Jesus, we can continually offer God "a sacrifice of praise" (Heb 13:15), which glorifies Him (Ps 50:23). Our "good deeds and generosity" are to be sacrifices which are pleasing to God (Heb 13:16). "To keep the law is a great oblation, and he who observes the commandments sacrifices a peace offering" (Sir 35:1). We are a people of sacrifice.

In our society, we are mass-producing a people of pleasure. After being propagandized by elements in our culture, many people say to themselves: "Relax! Eat heartily, drink well. Enjoy yourself " (Lk 12:19). Jesus calls those who have bought these lies "fools" (see Lk 12:20).

Life is not a matter of pleasure, enjoyment, and comfort. Life is a matter of love, freedom, and self-sacrifice. Let each of us say to one another: "Even if my life is to be poured out as a libation over the sacrificial service of your faith, I am glad of it and rejoice with all of you" (Phil 2:17).

 
Prayer: Father, may I find my joy by sharing in the sacrifice of Your Son.
Promise: "Even though I walk in the dark valley I fear no evil; for You are at my side with Your rod and Your staff that give me courage." —Ps 23:4
Praise: St. Ansgar made great personal sacrifices to tell the Danes and Swedes of Jesus' greatest sacrifice for them.
 
 
 
Nihil obstat: Reverend Ralph J. Lawrence, August 9, 2000
Imprimatur: †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, August 18, 2000
 
The Nihil obstat and Imprimatur are a declaration that a book or pamphlet is considered to be free from doctrinal or moral error. It is not implied that those who have granted the Nihil obstat and Imprimatur agree with the contents, opinions, or statements expressed.
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