Wednesday of the Second Week in Ordinary TimeLectionary: 313

Reading 1 HEB 7:1-3, 15-17
Melchizedek, king of Salem and priest of God Most High,

met Abraham as he returned from his defeat of the kings

and blessed him.

And Abraham apportioned to him a tenth of everything.

His name first means righteous king,

and he was also “king of Salem,” that is, king of peace.

Without father, mother, or ancestry,

without beginning of days or end of life,

thus made to resemble the Son of God, he remains a priest forever.
It is even more obvious if another priest is raised up

after the likeness of Melchizedek, who has become so,

not by a law expressed in a commandment concerning physical descent

but by the power of a life that cannot be destroyed.

For it is testified:
You are a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.

Responsorial Psalm PS 110:1, 2, 3, 4
R. (4b) You are a priest for ever, in the line of Melchizedek.

The LORD said to my Lord: “Sit at my right hand

till I make your enemies your footstool.”

R. You are a priest for ever, in the line of Melchizedek.

The scepter of your power the LORD will stretch forth from Zion:

“Rule in the midst of your enemies.”

R. You are a priest for ever, in the line of Melchizedek.

“Yours is princely power in the day of your birth, in holy splendor;

before the daystar, like the dew, I have begotten you.”

R. You are a priest for ever, in the line of Melchizedek.

The LORD has sworn, and he will not repent:

“You are a priest forever, according to the order of Melchizedek.”

R. You are a priest for ever, in the line of Melchizedek.

Alleluia MT 4:23
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Jesus preached the Gospel of the Kingdom

and cured every disease among the people.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel MK 3:1-6
Jesus entered the synagogue.

There was a man there who had a withered hand.

They watched Jesus closely

to see if he would cure him on the sabbath

so that they might accuse him.

He said to the man with the withered hand,

“Come up here before us.”

Then he said to the Pharisees,

“Is it lawful to do good on the sabbath rather than to do evil,

to save life rather than to destroy it?”

But they remained silent.

Looking around at them with anger

and grieved at their hardness of heart,

Jesus said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.”

He stretched it out and his hand was restored.

The Pharisees went out and immediately took counsel

with the Herodians against him to put him to death.

“The matter is clearer still if another priest is appointed according to the likeness of Melchizedek.” –Hebrews 7:15
The Israelites were enslaved, defeated in war, starved to death, exiled, and oppressed. In their pain, they asked Yahweh how He would free them. They received the revelation that they would be saved by the priesthood.
The Christians to whom the book of Hebrews was written were persecuted and martyred by the Roman government. They “endured mockery, scourging, even chains and imprisonment. They were stoned, sawed in two, put to death at sword’s point” (Heb 11:36-37). They received the revelation that Jesus, the “High Priest according to the order of Melchizedek” (Heb 5:10), had saved them by His sacrifice on Calvary. By living the Eucharist, the presence of Jesus’ perfect sacrifice on Calvary, Christians are freed by Jesus, the High Priest.
Therefore, share in Jesus’ priesthood and live your baptismal priesthood (see 1 Pt 2:9; Rv 5:10) by:
celebrating the Mass daily or as often as possible,

encouraging the ministerial priesthood and promoting vocations to it,

offering and patiently bearing “even the hardships of life” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 901),

“worshipping everywhere” by your “holy actions” (ibid),

offering as spiritual sacrifices all your “works, prayers, and apostolic undertakings, family and married life, daily work, relaxation of mind and body” (ibid), and

consecrating “the world itself to God” by the holiness of your life (ibid).

Love Jesus, the High Priest. Live the Eucharist, His perfect offering. Share in Jesus’ priesthood. Live your baptismal priesthood and change our culture of death into a civilization of love and life.
PRAYER: Father, teach me about my share in Christ’s priesthood.

PROMISE: “His hand was perfectly restored.” –Mk 3:5

PRAISE: Susan attends Mass daily and stays for adoration.


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