The Old Testament Law is only a guide as to what is right and wrong. It does not and indeed cannot, supply us with the power to overcome evil in the final analysis. Only the grace made available to us through the life and death of Jesus is able to do this. We are all called to live under the power of Jesus and so defeat the powers of evil. The Law can guide us in this task but it cannot get us there on its own. Nor are we capable of following the Law in our own strength. We need the grace of Jesus to help us in this.
1 Since the law has only a shadow of the good things to come, and not the very image of them, it can never make perfect those who come to worship by the same sacrifices that they offer continually each year. 2 Otherwise, would not the sacrifices have ceased to be offered, since the worshipers, once cleansed, would no longer have had any consciousness of sins? 3 But in those sacrifices there is only a yearly remembrance of sins, 4 for it is impossible that the blood of bulls and goats take away sins. 5 For this reason, when he came into the world, he said: ?Sacrifice and offering you did not desire, but a body you prepared for me; 6 holocausts and sin offerings you took no delight in. 7 Then I said, ?As is written of me in the scroll, Behold, I come to do your will, O God.?? 8 First he says, ?Sacrifices and offerings, holocausts and sin offerings, you neither desired nor delighted in. These are offered according to the law.? 9 Then he says, ?Behold, I come to do your will.? He takes away the first to establish the second. 10 By this ?will,? we have been consecrated through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
P S A L M
Psalm 40:2 and 4ab, 7-8, 10, 11
R: Here am I Lord; I come to do your will.
1  I have waited, waited for the LORD, and he stooped toward, 3  and he put a new song into my mouth, a hymn to our God. (R) 6  Sacrifice or oblation you wished not, but ears open to obedience you gave me. Burnt offerings or sin-offerings you sought not; 7  then said I, ?Behold I come. (R) 9  I announced your justice in the vast assembly; I did not restrain my lips, as you, O LORD, know. (R) 10  Your justice I kept not hid within my heart; your faithfulness and your salvation I have spoken of; I have made no secret of your kindness and your truth in the vast assembly.? (R)
G O S P E L
Jesus is not being disrespectful to His mother. All He is doing is setting the relationship in its correct context. The truest and deepest reality of family in our lives is that we are members of God?s family and this membership is recognized through our being disciples ? embracing God?s will in search of our service of the Kingdom of God. Our parents are always going to be an important and essential part of our lives, but even they are second to the need we have for a relationship with God.
31 His mother and his brothers arrived. Standing outside they sent word to him and called him. 32 A crowd seated around him told him, ?Your mother and your brothers [and your sisters] are outside asking for you.? 33 But he said to them in reply, ?Who are my mother and [my] brothers?? 34 And looking around at those seated in the circle he said, ?Here are my mother and my brothers. 35 [For] whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother.?
think: We are all called to live under the power of Jesus and so defeat the powers of evil.
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READ THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR Exodus 33-36