Grace to you!
We continue our reflection on the priestly function of Christ, the Eternal High Priest. Yesterday, we noted how the Eucharist is the celebration of Christ. It’s sacrifice in the truest sense of the word because the blood of the Lamb (Our Lord Jesus Christ) is offered.
When we talk of sacrifice, we see how it’s related to the vital aspect of us – blood. Blood is our identity and blood is a crucial biological aspect of our life. The flow of blood, thanks to the pumping of the heart, is assurance of biological life in mammals. Life, they say, is in the blood.
Anything that affects the blood affects the entire person. The most deadly poison is intravenous, flowing through the blood stream, just as the most dangerous virus attacks the blood stream. Our genes are also decoded through our blood. Through our blood, access to our DNA is assured as well.
Sacrifice, true sacrifice, costs us something as deep and intimate as our blood. When people speak of sacrificing the most, sometimes they say, “I poured my life, my blood into it.” It’s another way of saying I gave it my all.
The blood of animals, as the Letter to the Hebrews depicts, was insufficient for humanity’s sanctification. The limitations of the Old Testament prescription for using animal’s blood for sacrifice are equally exemplified by the architectural separation of the different ranks of people in the temple, described by the Letter to the Hebrews 9:2-3. Getting into the Holy of Holies was simply impossible, except the High Priest of the year.
It’s only the purest blood of the Son of God that broke that wall for us, the wall of separation between people and people, culture and culture, humanity and God. We now have access into the “Holy of Holies.” Read how Scripture describes it:
“But when Christ appeared as a high priest of the good things that have come, then through the greater and more perfect tent (not made with hands, that is, not of this creation) he entered once for all into the Holy Place, taking not the blood of goats and calves but his own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption. For if the sprinkling of defiled persons with the blood of goats and bulls and with the ashes of a heifer sanctifies for the purification of the flesh, how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify your conscience from dead works to serve the living God.” (Hebrew 9:11-14).
The Precious Blood of the Lamb, Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, is our acceptance into the Mercy of God. That Blood, as Saint Faustina depicts, reveals divine grace, mercy, love and redemption for many.
We can offer back to the Father, the Precious Blood of Jesus. We offer it as our own sacrifice, mingled with the sacrifice of Calvary. Ours is imperfect, but Christ’s is perfect. The Father accepts the blood. The Blood of the Lamb makes our offering whole.
An offering from the Precious Blood of Jesus devotion is wonderful to pray: “Eternal Father, I offer Thee the most Precious Blood of Jesus Christ, in satisfaction for my sins, in supplication for the holy souls in Purgatory and for the needs of Holy Church [especially for the soul of (Name)].
Precious Blood of Jesus, in thee I find healing and wholeness. Amen.
God love you. God bless you.
Fr. Maurice Emelu.
Fr. Maurice Emelu, Ph.D.
Father Maurice provides a daily blog of reflections based on Scriptural readings of the day from the Catholic liturgical calendar. You will find these reflections helpful for your spiritual growth, inspiration and developing your own thoughts. It may also be helpful for ministers in preparing their sermons for liturgical celebrations.