THURSDAY, THIRD WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME
Memorial of Saints Thomas Aquinas, Priest & Doctor
Heb 10: 19-25
Ps 24: 1-6
Mk 4: 21-25
WE ARE HIS SANCTUARY; WE ARE HIS LIGHT
The innermost sanctuary of the Temple, called the holy of holies, was where the Israelites believed God was present. No one could enter this place except for the high priest who would enter once a year on the Day of atonement. He would sprinkle the blood of the sacrificed animal for the expiation of his sins and those of the people.
The letter to the Hebrews today, asserts that by the sacrifice of Christ on the cross we have all been blessed with the right to enter this sanctuary. In fact, we have become the sanctuary, the holy of holies, as Christ himself enters us in the form of his body and blood.
Unlike before, God is now not only accessible to all, but through the Eucharist, he is also accessible in all. Jesus Christ – this shining and illuminating lamp – is not hidden; rather, it is placed on a lampstand for all who would want to receive this light. We Christians are specially blessed; we are those who receive the body and blood of Christ, who are handed this lighted lamp in to spread the light of God’s love throughout the world. Jesus warns us in today’s Gospel not to be foolish by hiding the lamp under the bed. We are given this light that we may save them from the darkness.
Today we also commemorate St Thomas Aquinas; the great doctor of the church, famously known as the angelic doctor. He was illumined by the light of Christ which was manifested in his famous theological works Summa Contra Gentiles and Summa Theologiae. However, his mystical experience made him realize that no language could ever do justice in describing the true experience of God that he had. His teachings and life were a great resource that shine forth the light of Christ. Let us pray that our thoughts, words and deeds, may become means to spread the light of Christ and his kingdom to the ends of the world.
Responsorial Psalm: These are the people who seek your face, O Lord.
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