Wednesday, June 3, 2015
My Blood of the Covenant
The blood of sacrifice is a symbol of life that is given to God. Moses seals the covenant (agreement) between God and the Israelites by pouring half the blood of sacrificed bulls on an altar, a symbol of God, and sprinkling the other half on the people. He says, "This is the blood of the covenant" (Exodus 24:3-8.)
At the Last Supper, as the disciples drank from the cup that Jesus had given them, he said "This is my Blood of the Covenant." (Mark 14:22-26) On the Cross Jesus sealed the agreement between God and us by shedding his blood. He makes that sacrifice available to us in the Eucharist.
I want to pay more attention to what I'm doing when I drink from the Cup at Mass. Maybe you do too.