"Because the life of the flesh is in the blood : and I have given it to you that you may make atonement with it upon the altar of your souls, and the blood may be an expiation for the soul." Leviticus 17:11
The Life is in the Blood
We can barely fathom the immensity of the disaster that occured when Adam and Eve sinned against their very Maker. In a world of beauty, order and blessing - which God pronounced good - the sin of Adam and Eve introduced into the world the ugliest defilement of all - they slapped the very good God in the face with hands that God Himself had made and given them!
What could atone for this unspeakable horror? Only the most perfect, infinitely holy act of love for God. Only God could atone for this sin against God, but a God who became flesh. The Second Person of the Trinity, the Word by whom all things were made, had to take on the nature of things made, in order to, as both man and God, atone for the sins of man against God.
Oh precious Blood of Jesus! When you poured every last drop, you atoned for our sins. You gave up your life, in order to save us who are bound for death. What unspeakable love!
Is it any wonder that, as in the picture above, the angels gather every drop of this Precious Blood? It is His gift for the life of the world.
Let us remember at our next Communion : I am receiving all of Christ Himself, Body, Blood, soul and divinity. His Precious Blood is coming into me; saving me, washing me clean, sharing with me His holiness.