April 13, 2017 (Holy Thursday)

In the ancient world, “blood” was a sacred thing: it could make one ritually impure if you came in contact with it or it could cleanse an entire community. (Think blood on the doorposts on that first Passover.) Christians revealed how blood could be redemptive: the blood of Jesus was vital if we are to be saved. It was vital to consume as a way to share in His divine life: receiving the Body and Blood of Christ makes us a sacred community.

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