33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
Heb 10:11-14, 18
In today’s readings we hear about some of our ancestors of the past, Michael, the priests in the time of St. Paul, and the disciples of Jesus. All were chosen by God for a particular purpose in the time they lived. They each were consecrated.
One definition of the word consecrated is “to make, or declare sacred; dedicated to a religious or divine purpose.” At Baptism we are called to be priest, prophet and king. We are claimed for Christ; we are consecrated.
St. Paul explains to the Hebrews “for by one offering he has made perfect forever those who are being consecrated.” We are each consecrated, for a special purpose, with unique spiritual gifts to be used for God. As we use our spiritual gifts, we recognize the sacred. As one uses their spiritual gifts both ordinary and extraordinary results can occur for both the giver and the receiver.
The readings today remind us, as disciples of today, as baptized members of the Catholic Church, we are consecrated. Because of God’s love and the great sacrifice of Jesus Christ, we are all consecrated; we are called to use our spiritual gifts in this world.