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<< Saturday, February 4, 2017 >>
Hebrews 13:15-17, 20-21
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Psalm 23:1-6 Mark 6:30-34
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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: Louise spends time before and after Mass praising God.
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†Most Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Auxiliary Bishop, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, October 12, 2016.
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