Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
Made Perfect by the Sacrifice of Christ
“By one offering, he has made perfect forever those who are being consecrated.” (Heb 10:14)
The Old Testament priests offered sacrifices that could not take away sins. But Christ offered one sacrifice for sins and by that one sacrifice has perfected all those who are being sanctified. He is now seated forever at the right hand of God, the Father as our eternal high priest and intercessor. Through His sacrifice, believers receive the grace of transformation and union with God. So, we have everything we need to enjoy our life here and hereafter, for God’s Divine power has given us all we need for both life and godliness.
According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, “God made us, to know Him, to love Him, to serve Him in this world, and to be happy with Him forever in Heaven.” The ultimate goal of the sacrifice of Christ is to enable us to have a relationship with God here in this world and to be happy with Him in Heaven. Heaven is our final destination, but sometimes we forget, perhaps, due to the anxieties of life. This Sunday’s readings tell us about a future judgment where the righteous will be separated from the unrighteous. The righteous have a relationship with Jesus Christ, while the unrighteous do not.
To have a relationship with Christ means to live a life of prayer and intimacy with God, to make the things that pertain to God our main priority in life, to set our minds and hearts on the things of Heaven. Because of the one sacrifice of Christ, we are citizens of Heaven. God sends His angels to protect us, His elect, those who are truly His people. The second coming of Christ in glory will be a blessing for those who have stayed faithful to Him.
An ongoing faithfulness to God is vital for us to be ready for the coming of the Lord. Do we always keep in mind the coming of the Lord, the fact that we will not live forever in this world, and the need to remain faithful to the Lord?
Jesus reminds us that “No one knows the day or the hour”(MK 13:32). And He says to us, “Be vigilant at all times and pray that you have the strength to stand before the Son of Man” (LK 21:36). Therefore, the Lord is asking us to maintain our relationship with Him and seek to deepen it every day of our lives. We need to use the Sacraments that He has provided for us in His Body, the Church. We need to remind ourselves of the significance of the Sacrament of Reconciliation and the Holy Eucharist and make them our principal priorities in our spiritual life.