Hebrews 10:19-20

Therefore, brethren, since we have confidence to enter the sanctuary by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way which he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh.

This verse more or less sums up the book of Hebrews.  Hebrews is written to strengthen Jewish Christians who are under major pressure to return to the old ways of worship in Temple and synagogue and give up on this whole Jesus Messiah thing.  After all, it’s been years and still no Second Coming, so where’s the beef?  Hebrews is written to remind such baffled believers that Jesus is the fulfillment of the Law and the Temple worship and that the ceremonial prefigurement of Jesus (like the Temple curtain that was torn in two from top to bottom when Jesus died) will now pass away since the One it prefigured is now here.  In short, don’t linger next to the sign pointing to your destination.  Go to your destination.  Christ is our destination.  Let us not be snookered by nostalgia.  Let us go to him.

Mark Shea


Mark P. Shea is a popular Catholic writer and speaker. The author of numerous books, his most recent work is The Work of Mercy (Servant) and The Heart of Catholic Prayer (Our Sunday Visitor). Mark contributes numerous articles to many magazines, including his popular column “Connecting the Dots” for the National Catholic Register. Mark is known nationally for his one minute “Words of Encouragement” on Catholic radio. He also maintains the Catholic and Enjoying It blog and regularly blogs for National Catholic Register. He lives in Washington state with his wife, Janet, and their four sons.

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