Second Reading: Hebrews 9:11-15

A reading from the letter to the Hebrews.

But Christ, who came as high priest of the good things which came to be, entered once for all into the greater and more perfect tabernacle, the one made not by human hands, that is, not belonging to this creation.  It was not through the blood of goats and calves, but through our Savior’s own blood that Christ entered the holy place and obtained eternal redemption.  For if the sprinkling of the blood of goats and bulls and a heifer’s ashes can sanctify those who are defiled so that their flesh is cleansed, how much more will the blood of Christ, a perfect self-sacrifice to God through the eternal Spirit, cleanse our consciences from dead works to worship the living God!

Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, so that the people who were called by God may receive the eternal inheritance that was promised. This happens because a death has taken place which cancels the sins committed under the first Covenant.

The Word of God recorded in the letter to the Hebrews.