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Aaron and his sons are set apart, ordained as priests in accordance with the rituals instructed by God through Moses. There were many such rituals laid down for the people of God, intended to remind them of their covenant with Him, His presence among them and His ultimate goal for them – that of holiness.

The Church today has many traditions and rituals, many of which are symbolic. For example, the washing of feet at the Mass of the Last Supper on Holy Thursday reminds us that Jesus taught his disciples to be servants of love.

Jesus taught though action and example – miracles of healing, casting out demons and raising the dead. He was also a gifted preacher from an early age. At just 12 years old he was teaching in the Temple – His Father’s house.

But he paid special attention to the teaching of those closest to Him. He spoke in parables to the general public, such as the sowing of the seeds, but in private, he spent time explaining the meaning of the parables to His disciples in the hope that they would have a good understanding of His message.

The more we listen to and explore God’s word at Mass, through regular reading of scripture and sharing with others in families or small groups, the more we will come to understand God’s message of eternal love.

As we do so, we enter into a closer relationship with the Father, through the teachings and example of His son Jesus Christ and through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Scripture: Leviticus 7:28-9:6; Mark 3:31-4:25; Psalm 37:12-29; Proverbs10:5