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Jesus' Self-Sacrifice-St John Fisher

The Self-Sacrifice of Jesus Christ

 

St. John Fisher

Bishop and Martyr

 

St. John FisherThis reflection, taken from the commentary on the psalms by Saint John Fisher (Ps. 129: Opera omnia, edit. 1579, p. 1610) was written in the 16th century and is used in the Roman Catholic Office of Readings on Monday of the fifth week of Lent with the accompanying biblical reading taken from Hebrews 2:5-18.

 

Christ Jesus is our high priest, his most precious body is our sacrifice, which he offered upon a cross for the redemption of all the world.


The blood shed for our redemption was not the blood of goats or calves as in the old law, it was the very blood most innocent of our savior Jesus Christ.


The temple wherein our high priest did sacrifice was not made by manís hand but only by the power of God, he shed his precious blood for our redemption in the face of all the world, which is the temple made only by the hand of God.


This temple has two divers parts, one is the earth whereon we inhabit, the other is not yet known to us mortal creatures.


First he did sacrifice in the earth when he suffered his passion. After, in a new clothing or garment, the vesture of immortality, and with his own precious blood he entered into sanctum sanctorum [the Holy of Holies] that is to say into heaven when he showed his said most precious blood before the throne of his father which he shed for all sinners seven times.


By this holy sacrifice almighty God must needs have pity and execute his mercy to all true penitents and this sacrifice shall continue not only year by year as the manner was of Jews, but also it is daily offered for our comfort, and every hour and moment for our most strong succour, wherefore saint Paul says Having obtained eternal redemption.


By it we are redeemed for ever. Every contrite and true penitent person not willing to fall again but with a full purpose to continue in virtuous living is partaker of this holy sacrifice.


As Saint John shows in his first epistle: My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin; but if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. And he is the expiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.

 

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