Sunday, June 10, 2012

Looking ahead

By Father Perry D. Leiker

Blood is the life-source flowing through our bodies. Body and blood are what makes us human and alive and able to be in relationship with one another as human persons in the flesh.

For Jesus to speak of giving us his body and blood is to offer himself to us, to be consumed. His person and his presence given to us as food and drink becomes our very nourishment for our spirit, for our souls.

Blood, too, was sprinkled over the altar and over the people – covenants were made of blood. The deepest forgiveness was symbolized in the sprinkling of peoples with the blood of animals. Forgiveness, life, covenant, renewal – all of these were symbolized in Jesus' blood poured out for us.

Blood is the deep symbol of life. The blood of no lamb sacrificed had as much value as the blood of the lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world – Jesus Christ. This great solemnity offers us a covenant of love through Jesus the Christ who is our bread of life and our cup of salvation.

Father Perry D. Leiker is St. Bernard parish administartor. Reach him at (323) 255-6142, Ext. 112.

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