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Thoughts and Reflection

It’s interesting to continue reading the book of Leviticus. There are a lot of rules that priests must follow. But it is not just all about rules….it is about holiness and being “set apart” and consecrated to the Lord. Catholics are known for blessing things. but why? We are setting them apart for a dedicated purpose. Something went from ordinary to extra-ordinary in other words.

You don’t have to be a priest to live this life. Every baptized Christian share in the common priesthood and is called to live a holy and consecrated life.

As we go about our daily lives and do our daily work, we too can be transformed into sacred work by seeking and being filled by the Holy Spirit.

How has the Holy Spirit filled and changed your life?

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For the year 2022, I decided that my New Year’s Resolution was to read the whole Bible following the Bible in the Year plan presented by Fr. Mike Schmitz. It is a big and bold undertaking. You can follow along by subscribing. Feel free to look at previous day’s post and comment. It’s something we can all learn from together!

Daily Readings

Exodus 30

1 ‘You will make an altar on which to burn incense; you will make it of acacia wood,

2 one cubit long, and one cubit wide — it must be square — and two cubits high; its horns must be of a piece with it.

3 You will overlay its top, its sides all round and its horns with pure gold and make a gold moulding to go all round.

4 You will make two gold rings for it below the moulding on its two opposite sides, to take the shafts used for carrying it.

5 You will make the shafts of acacia wood and overlay them with gold.

6 ‘You will put it in front of the curtain by the ark of Testimony, in front of the mercy-seat which is on the Testimony, where I shall meet you.

7 On it Aaron will burn fragrant incense each morning; when he trims the lamps, he will burn incense on it;

8 and when Aaron puts back the lamps at twilight, he will burn incense on it, incense perpetually before Yahweh for all your generations to come.

9 You will not offer unauthorised incense, or burnt offering, or cereal offering on it, and you will not pour any libation over it.

10 Once a year, Aaron will perform the rite of expiation on the horns of the altar; once a year, on the Day of Expiation, with the blood of the sacrifice for sin, he will make expiation for himself, for all your generations to come. It is especially holy for Yahweh.’

11 Yahweh then spoke to Moses and said,

12 ‘When you count the Israelites by census, each one of them must pay Yahweh a ransom for his life, to avoid any incidence of plague among them while you are holding the census.

13 Everyone subject to the census will pay half a shekel, reckoning by the sanctuary shekel: twenty gerah to the shekel. This half-shekel will be set aside for Yahweh.

14 Everyone subject to the census, that is to say of twenty years and over, will pay the sum set aside for Yahweh.

15 The rich man must not give more, nor the poor man less, than half a shekel when he pays the sum set aside for Yahweh in ransom for your lives.

16 You will take the ransom money of the Israelites and apply it to the service of the Tent of Meeting, for it to be a reminder of the Israelites before Yahweh, as the ransom for your lives.’

17 Yahweh then spoke to Moses and said,

18 ‘You will also make a bronze basin on its bronze stand, for washing. You will put it between the Tent of Meeting and the altar and put water in it,

19 in which Aaron and his sons will wash their hands and feet.

20 Whenever they are to enter the Tent of Meeting, they will wash, to avoid incurring death; and whenever they approach the altar for their service, to burn an offering for Yahweh,

21 they will wash their hands and feet, to avoid incurring death. This is a perpetual decree for him and his descendants for all their generations to come.’

22 Yahweh spoke further to Moses and said,

23 ‘Take the finest spices: five hundred shekels of fresh myrrh, half as much (two hundred and fifty shekels) of fragrant cinnamon, two hundred and fifty shekels of scented reed,

24 five hundred shekels (reckoning by the sanctuary shekel) of cassia, and one hin of olive oil.

25 You will make this into a holy anointing oil, such a blend as the perfumer might make; this will be a holy anointing oil.

26 With it you will anoint the Tent of Meeting and the ark of the Testimony,

27 the table and all its accessories, the lamp-stand and its accessories, the altar of incense,

28 the altar of burnt offerings and all its accessories, and the basin with its stand,

29 consecrating them, so that they will be especially holy and whatever touches them will become holy.

30 You will also anoint Aaron and his sons and consecrate them to be priests in my service.

31 You will then speak to the Israelites and say, “This anointing oil will be holy for you for all your generations to come.

32 It must not be used for anointing the human body, nor may you make any of the same mixture. It is a holy thing; you will regard it as holy.

33 Anyone who makes up the same oil or uses it on an unauthorised person will be outlawed from his people.” ‘

34 Yahweh then said to Moses, ‘Take sweet spices: storax, onycha, galbanum, sweet spices and pure frankincense in equal parts,

35 and compound an incense, such a blend as the perfumer might make, salted, pure, and holy.

36 You will grind some of this up very fine and put it in front of the Testimony in the Tent of Meeting, where I shall meet you. You willregard it as especially holy.

37 You may not make any incense of similar composition for your own use. You will regard it as holy, reserved for Yahweh Anyone who makes up the same thing to use as perfume will be outlawed from his people.’

Exodus 31

1 Yahweh then spoke to Moses and said,

2 ‘Look, I have singled out Bezalel son of Uri, son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah,

3 and have filled him with the spirit of God in wisdom, knowledge and skill in every kind of craft:

4 in designing and carrying out work in gold and silver and bronze,

5 in cutting stones to be set, in wood carving and in executing every kind of work.

6 And to help him I have given him Oholiab son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan, and have endowed the hearts of all the skilled men with the skill to make everything I have ordered you:

7 the Tent of Meeting; the ark of the Testimony; the mercy-seat above it; and all the furniture of the tent;

8 the table and all its accessories; the pure lamp-stand and all its equipment; the altar of incense;

9 the altar of burnt offerings and all its accessories; the basin and its stand;

10 the liturgical vestments, the sacred vestments for Aaron the priest, and the vestments for his sons, for their priestly functions;

11 the anointing oil and the fragrant incense for the sanctuary. They will do everything as I have ordered you.’

12 Yahweh then said to Moses,

13 ‘Speak to the Israelites and say, “You will keep my Sabbaths properly, for this is a sign between myself and you for all your generations to come, so that you will know that it is I, Yahweh, who sanctify you.

14 You will keep the Sabbath, then; you will regard it as holy. Anyone who profanes it will be put to death; anyone who does any work on that day will be outlawed from his people.

15 Work must be done for six days, but the seventh day will be a day of complete rest, consecrated to Yahweh. Anyone who works on the Sabbath day will be put to death.

16 The Israelites will keep the Sabbath, observing the Sabbath for all their generations to come: this is an eternal covenant.

17 Between myself and the Israelites, this is a sign for ever, for in six days Yahweh made heaven and earth, but on the seventh day he rested and drew breath.”

18 When he had finished speaking to Moses on Mount Sinai, he gave him the two tablets of the Testimony, tablets of stone inscribed by the finger of God.

Leviticus 22

1 Yahweh spoke to Moses and said:

2 ‘Speak to Aaron and his sons. They must be consecrated by the holy offerings of the Israelites and must not profane my holy name; for my sake they must sanctify it; I am Yahweh.

3 Say to them: “Any one of your descendants, for all time, who in a state of uncleanness approaches the holy offerings consecrated to Yahweh by the Israelites, will be outlawed from my presence. I am Yahweh.

4 “Anyone of Aaron’s line who is afflicted with a contagious skin-disease or a discharge will not eat holy things until he is clean. Anyone who touches anything made unclean by a dead body, or who has a seminal discharge,

5 or who is made unclean by touching any kind of reptile or any one who has contaminated him with his own uncleanness, be it what it may,

6 in short, anyone who has had any such contact will be unclean until evening, and must not eat holy things until he has washed his body.

7 At sunset he will be clean and may then eat holy things, for these are his food.

8 “He must not eat an animal that has died a natural death or been savaged; he would contract uncleanness from it. I am Yahweh.

9 “They must keep my rules and not burden themselves with sin. If they profane them, they will incur death; I, Yahweh, have sanctified them.

10 “No lay person may eat anything holy; no guest or employee of a priest may eat anything holy.

11 But if the priest has acquired a slave by purchase, the slave may eat it like anyone born in his household; they will share his food.

12 “If a priest’s daughter marries a layman, she will have no share in the holy things set aside,

13 but if she is widowed or divorced and, being childless, has had to return to her father’s house as when she was young, she may share her father’s food. No lay person may share it;

14 anyone who does eat a holy thing by inadvertence, will restore it to the priest with one-fifth added.

15 “They may not profane the holy offerings which the Israelites have set aside for Yahweh.

16 By eating these, they would burden them with guilt requiring a sacrifice of reparation; for I, Yahweh, have sanctified these offerings.” ‘

17 Yahweh spoke to Moses and said:

18 ‘Speak to Aaron, to his sons, and to all the Israelites and say: “Any member of the House of Israel or any alien resident in Israel who brings an offering either in payment of a vow or as a voluntary gift, and offers it as a burnt offering to Yahweh,

19 must, if he is to be acceptable, offer an unblemished male, be it bull or sheep or goat.

20 You will not offer anything with a blemish, for it would not make you acceptable.

21 “If anyone offers Yahweh a communion sacrifice, either to fulfil a vow or as a voluntary offering, the animal, be it from the herd or flock, must be perfect, if he is to be acceptable; it must be unblemished.

22 You will not offer Yahweh any animal which is blind, lame, mutilated, ulcerous, scabby or covered in sores. No part of such an animal will be offered on the altar as food burnt for Yahweh.

23 As a voluntary offering, you may offer a bull or a lamb that is underdeveloped or deformed; but such will not be acceptable in payment of a vow.

24 You will not offer Yahweh an animal if its testicles have been bruised, crushed, torn or cut off. You may not do that in your country,

25 and you may not accept any such from the hands of a stranger, to be offered as food for your God. Their deformity is a blemish, and they would not make you acceptable.” ‘

26 Yahweh spoke to Moses and said:

27 ‘A calf, lamb, or kid will stay with its dam for seven days after being born. From the eighth day onwards, it will be acceptable as food burnt for Yahweh.

28 But no animal, whether cow or ewe, will be slaughtered on the same day as its young.

29 ‘If you offer Yahweh a sacrifice with praise, do it in the acceptable manner;

30 it must be eaten the same day; you will leave nothing over till next morning. I am Yahweh.

31 ‘You will keep my commands and put them into practice. I am Yahweh.

32 You will not profane my holy name — so that I may be honoured as holy among the Israelites, I, Yahweh, who make you holy,

33 I who brought you out of Egypt, to be your God, I, Yahweh.’

Psalm 115

1 Not to us, Yahweh, not to us, but to your name give the glory, for your faithful love and your constancy!

2 Why should the nations ask, ‘Where is their God?’

3 Our God is in heaven, he creates whatever he chooses.

4 They have idols of silver and gold, made by human hands.

5 These have mouths but say nothing, have eyes but see nothing,

6 have ears but hear nothing, have noses but smell nothing.

7 They have hands but cannot feel, have feet but cannot walk, no sound comes from their throats.

8 Their makers will end up like them, and all who rely on them.

9 House of Israel, rely on Yahweh; he is their help and their shield.

10 House of Aaron, rely on Yahweh; he is their help and their shield.

11 You who fear Yahweh, rely on Yahweh; he is their help and their shield.

12 Yahweh will keep us in mind, he will bless, he will bless the House of Israel, he will bless the House of Aaron,

13 he will bless those who fear Yahweh, small and great alike.

14 May Yahweh add to your numbers, yours and your children’s too!

15 May you be blessed by Yahweh, who made heaven and earth.

16 Heaven belongs to Yahweh, but earth he has given to the children of Adam.

17 The dead cannot praise Yahweh, those who sink into silence,

18 but we, the living, shall bless Yahweh, henceforth and for ever.

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