Reading: Jer 31:7-9

For Yahweh says this ” Shout with joy for Jacob; rejoice for the greatest of nations.

Proclaim your praise and say: ‘Yahweh has saved his people, the remnant of Israel!’ Look,, I will bring them back from the land of the north, gather them from the ends of the earth, the lame and the blind, mother and women in labor–a great throng will return.

I will lead them by the stream of water, on a level path so that no one will stumble, for I am Israel’s father and Ephraim is my firstborn.

Reading: Heb 5:1-6

Every High Priest is taken from among mortal and appointed to be their representative before God to offer gifts and sacrifices for sin. He is able to understand the ignorant and erring for he himself is subject to weakness. This is why he is bound to offer sacrifices for his sins as well as for the sins of the people. Besides, one does not presume to take this dignity but takes it only when called by God, as Aaron was.

Nor did Christ become High Priest in taking upon himself this dignity, but it was given to him by the one who says: You are my son, I have begotten you today. And in another place: You are a priest forever in the priestly order of Melchizedek.

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