The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi), Year B: 2nd Reading

Hebrews 9:11-15

Brothers and sisters:
   When Christ came as high priest
   of the good things that have come to be,
   passing through the greater and more perfect tabernacle
   not made by hands, that is, not belonging to this creation,
   he entered once for all into the sanctuary,
   not with the blood of goats and calves
   but with his own blood, thus obtaining eternal redemption.
For if the blood of goats and bulls
   and the sprinkling of a heifer’s ashes
   can sanctify those who are defiled
   so that their flesh is cleansed,
   how much more will the blood of Christ,
   who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God,
   cleanse our consciences from dead works
   to worship the living God.

For this reason he is mediator of a new covenant:
   since a death has taken place for deliverance
   from transgressions under the first covenant,
   those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance.