20th January 2021,
WEDNESDAY, SECOND WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME
Heb 7: 1-3, 15-17
Ps 110: 1-4
Mk 3: 1-6
THE ETERNAL PRIESTHOOD OF CHRIST
Jesus Christ is the eternal and only priest who is the mediator between God and human beings. The First reading compares Christ and Melchizedek. Melchizedek was both king and priest, which is unique according to the Old Testament traditions. Melchizedek means “king of righteousness” in the Hebrew language. The word Salem means “peace” (the Hebrew word shalom), so that Melchizedek is “king of peace” as well as “king of righteousness.” “Righteousness” and “peace” are often found together in Scripture (Is 32:17; Ps 85:10; Ps 72:7; Jas 3:17–18; Heb 12:10–11).
There is no record of the genealogy of Melchizedek, which is significant because most great persons in the Old Testament have their ancestry identified. It was especially important that the priests be able to prove their ancestry (cf Ezra 2:61– 63; Neh 7:63–65). Melchizedek was not an angel or some superhuman creature. He was a real man, a real king, and a real priest in a real city. But as far as the record is concerned, he was not born, nor did he die. In this way, he is a picture of the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God. Though Jesus Christ did die, Calvary was not the end; for he rose from the dead and today lives in “the power of an endless life.”
Jesus Christ is a priest after the order of Melchizedek . This does not imply Melchizedek’s priesthood is superior to that of Christ’s. It only means that all the other priesthood of the Old Testament was imperfect except the priesthood of Melchizedek. Now all of us who are baptized participate in the priesthood of Christ. Which means, as Christ offered himself to God, we need to become a living sacrifice to God. There is no greater sacrifice we can offer then being sinless and spotless, in order that we may be consumed by the love of Christ. Are we able to become that living sacrifice?
Responsorial Psalm: You are a priest forever, in the line of Melchizedek.
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