July, Month of the Sacred Blood

The heart of Jesus has made this adorable Blood circulate in His limbs; wherefore, as on the feast of the Sacred Heart, the Gospel presents to our view the thrust of the lance which pierced the side of the Divine Crucified, blood and water gushing forth.  Thus become united the two testimonies which the Holy Ghost bore to the Messias, when he was baptized in the water of the Jordan and when He was baptized in blood on the cross.

 

Brethren, Christ being come, an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with hands, that is, not of this creation, neither by the blood of goats or of calves, but by His own blood, entered once into the holies, having obtained eternal redemption.

 

Christ is the high priest of heaven, giving a foretaste of the Wedding Feast of the Lamb.  His heavenly good exceeds all earthly goods.  He gives manna from heaven, bread having all sweetness within it.  The bread of angels has become the bread of man.

 

Ye are come to mount Sion, and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to Jesus the mediator of the New Testament, and to the sprinkling of blood, which speaketh better than that of Abel.

 

Abel the Just prefigures Christ, slain by envy.  His innocent blood cries out, rebuking the proud but giving grace to the humble.

 

Thou hast redeemed us, O Lord, in Thy blood, out of every tribe and tongue, and people and nation, and hast made us to our God a kingdom.

 

By His blood we are made clean.  The old sign of uncleanness has become the new sign of cleanness.  By death He trampled death, and to those in the tombs He granted life.

 

O almighty and everlasting God, who didst appoint Thine only-begotten Son the Redeemer of the world, and hast willed to be appeased by His blood; grant unto us, we beseech Thee, so to venerate with solemn worship the price of our redemption, and by its power be so defended against the evils of this life, that we may enjoy the fruit thereof forevermore in heaven.

 

We worship the price of our redemption.  We worship Christ, the lamb by which we have been reconciled, the priest through whom we have been reconciled, the temple in which we have been reconciled, and the God to whom we have been reconciled.

 

This is He that came by water and blood, Jesus Christ:  not by water only, but by water and blood.  There are three who give testimony in heaven:  the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost; and these three are one.  And there are three that give testimony on earth:  the Spirit, the water, and the blood; and these three are one.

 

The Spirit gives life; the flesh is of no avail.  Unless you are born of water and Spirit, you cannot enter the kingdom of heaven.  Christ undergoes a double baptism:  by water and blood.  We too undergo a double cleansing:  through Baptism and the Eucharist.  Unless you eat my flesh and drink my blood, you have no life in you.

 

God hath graced us in His beloved Son:  in whom we have redemption through His blood.  The remission of sins, according to the riches of His grace, which hath superabounded in us.  Being justified freely by His grace, through the redemption, which is in Christ Jesus.  Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in His blood.

 

The Upper Room, Calvary, and the Mass are one eternal moment.  We pray for the gifts to be borne by the hands of God’s holy angels to his throne room on high.  We are taken to where the apostles see the new and eternal covenant face to face.  There Mary and John are children of one father.

 

Alleluia, alleluia.  Worthy art Thou, O Lord, to take the book, and to open the seals thereof:  because Thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God in Thy blood.  Alleluia.  And the blood shall be to you for a sign:  and I shall see the blood and pass over you; and the plague shall not be on you to destroy you.  Alleluia.

 

By the blood Christ merits to open the seals.  By the blood we merit to be passed over by the Angel of Death.

 

At that time, Jesus, when He had taken the vinegar, said:  It is consummated.  And bowing His head, He gave up the ghost.

 

Consummatum est.  Christ has married His Church.  As He gives Himself to the Father, He gives her to the Father as well, for she is in Him.  She is one body with the head, an oblation offered to God.

 

But one of the soldiers with a spear opened His side, and immediately there came out blood and water.

 

So the Church is born from the side of Christ.  The new Eve takes her life from the new Adam.  Baptism and the Eucharist are the door of the Ark, whereby we enter and are preserved from death.

 

The chalice of benediction which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ?  And the bread which we break, is it not the partaking of the body of the Lord?

 

As Christ offers His body, blood, soul, and divinity to us, we offer our body, blood, soul, and humanity to Him.  He is a holy sacrifice, a spotless victim.  We will one day be presented without spot or wrinkle, washed clean by His sacred blood.

Mary Proffit Kimmel

Mary Proffit Kimmel

Mary Proffit Kimmel teaches literature, Greek, and Latin and attends St. Basil the Great Byzantine Catholic Church.

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