Second Reading: Hebrews 9:24-28

A reading from the letter to the Hebrews.

For Christ did not go into a holy place made by human hands, a copy of the real one.  Christ went into Heaven itself, and now appears on our behalf in the presence of God.  High priests of old went into the Most Holy Place every year with the blood of an animal.  But Christ did not make a self-offering more than once, otherwise Christ would have had to suffer many times ever since the creation of the world.  But now that the consummation is upon us, Christ has appeared once and for all, to remove sin through self-sacrifice.  It is appointed that everyone must die once and then be judged by God.  In the same way, Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many, and then will appear a second time-not to deal with sin, but to save those who are waiting for Christ’s appearing.

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