EVEN IF SOMEONE HAS SINNED, WE HAVE AN ADVOCATE WITH THE FATHER
(A READING FROM THE COMMENTARY OF ST. JOHN FISHER ON THE PSALMS)
Jesus Christ is our high priest and His precious body is our sacrifice, which He offered on the altar of the cross for the salvation of all men.
The blood, poured out for our redemption, was not that of calves or goats, as in the old law, but the blood of the most innocent lamb, Jesus Christ our Saviour.
The temple in which our high priest offered sacrifice was not man-made but was built by the power of God alone. For He poured out His blood before the eyes of th world; and this temple is the work of God’s hand alone.
This temple has two parts: one is the earth on which we now dwell; the other is still unknown to us while we are mortal.
First He offered sacrifice here on earth when He underwent His most bitter death. Then, clothed with the new garment of immortality He entered the holy of holies taking His own blood, that is, He went in heaven; and there He showed forth before the throne of His heavenly Father that blood of great price which He had poured out seven times for all sinful men.
This sacrifice is so pleasing and acceptable to God that as soon as He sees it He cannot but take pity on us immediately and show mercy to all who are truly repentant.
Moreover, it is an eternal sacrifice. It is offered not just every year, as was the case among the Jews, but every day, and indeed even every hour and every moment;, so that we may have the strongest possible consolation and support. That is why the Apostle adds: ‘Having found an eternal redemption.’
A share in this holy, eternal sacrifice is given to all who have undertaken true contrition and penance for their sins, who have made a definite resolve not to repeat their faults for the future but to persevere steadfastly in the pursuit of virtue which they have begun.
This is affirmed by Saint John in these words: ‘My little children, I am writing this to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the just one: He is the propitiation for our sins, not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.’
Short Prayer: Jesus Christ, You are my Lord and my Saviour. You are my advocate with our Heavenly Father. Thank You, Jesus. Amen.
Taken from THE DIVINE OFFICE II – LENT AND EASTERTIDE – The Office of Reading – The Second Reading, pages 211-212.
A Christian Pilgrim