Thursday, January 31, 2019
The first reading pulls up the image of the holy of Holies in the Jewish Temple. The sanctuary was kept closed except for the priests chosen on a given day to offer incense. The sanctuary was divided by a veil beyond which were kept the tablets of the law that God gave to Moses. The veil itself was never removed. Each day a chosen priest went in and offered incense before the veil.
In the Letter to the Hebrews, we learn that Jesus was behind the veil and the holy of holies. An additional point from the readings is they are telling us that life in the assembly is too precious to ever be avoided.