Friday, 2 July 2010
The Feast of the Most Precious Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ - 1st July.
In this month of July, we remember the Precious Blood of our Divine Redeemer that was spilled for our salvation. We cannot forget that the ransom for our reconciliation was not paid in anything corruptible, gold or silver, but by the blood of the true Lamb of God. This blood was offered to the Father in Jesus' supreme oblation on the Cross, yet before, His precious blood was shed, namely in His Circumcision, His scourging and His crowning with thorns. In the Old Testament it is stated that the life is in the blood, truly by His Passion and Death, our wounds are bound up and we are exalted to a more blessed state of life. We move beyond the transient, the passing, and enter into the mystery of the divine life, the glorious Trinity. The blood which poured out as from a source of mercy from the side of Christ is not alone, it is united hypostatically to the Logos of God, through Whom all things were made and are sustained. Let us venerate the price of our redemption this month more than ever. There is no other name under which we may be saved than that of Jesus Christ, let us proclaim with boldness our faith in His offering on Calvary which is renewed and applied daily to our souls at the Sacrifice of the Mass.
God, being almighty, may have chosen to forgive our sins in anyother manner, but in His divine Wisdom, He has chosen the Sacrifice of the Cross, to show forth the depths of His love and the seriousness of evil.
Almighty, everlasting God, who didst appoint Thine only-begotten Son to be Redeemer of the world, and didst vouchsafe to be appeased by His Blood; grant, we beseech Thee, that, by our solemn service, we may so venerate the Price of our redemption, and by its power be so defended from the evils of this present life on earth, that we may enjoy its fruit for evermore in heaven. Through the same...
'But one of the soldiers with a psear opened His side, and immediately there came out blood and water.'
'The chalice of benediction which we bless, is it not the communion of the Blood of Christ?'