The month of July is dedicated to the Most Precious Blood of Our Lord. What comes to mind when you hear the word blood? Pain, injury, and death or healing and life? Because of this challenge, the topic of blood makes us feel uncomfortable and therefore isn’t frequently addressed. Unconsciously we endorse the blood dichotomy – sign of suffering and source of life. We know that blood is a necessary element in our physical body, but we may not focus enough on its life-giving image of love. The Bible’s perspective on blood is very clear. Scripture equates blood with life, the life God breathed in Adam’s nostrils! Leviticus 17:11 declares that “life is in the blood.” Jesus, prefigured by the blood sacrifices of the Old Testament, came to restore humanity’s life in his own blood given and shed for all. As individuals rooted in the spirituality of the Blood of Christ, we recognize that Jesus came so that all may have life to the fullest from conception to natural death. Furthermore, we promote life-giving activities like feeding, clothing, sheltering the needy, as well as working for justice, peace, and reconciliation, and caring for mother earth – lessons in mercy, charity, and sanctification that all the ends of the earth may see the saving power of God. The blood of Jesus Christ, with its message of love and brotherhood, has redeeming, forgiving, and reconciling power for a society in need of it like arid ground. But sheepishly we may follow the narrative of our society and even be timid around the table eating and drinking of his body and blood! Humanity needs to be restored in its core element that blood is the source of life in any age and time. As in human fashion, when someone who has lost blood a blood transfusion gives a new chance to life, Christ’s blood gives the faithful new chance of life – life everlasting. We endure trials and tribulations in this life as to run the race to win the crown of glory that the just judge will assign when he will be all in all. For now we live by hope, knowing that the One who made the promise is trustworthy: we are justified and sanctified by the blood of the Lamb.
A Powerful Prayer to be Said Before Praying
“Almighty Father, I place the Precious Blood of Jesus before my lips before I pray, that my prayers may be purified before they ascend to Your divine altar.” – St. Mary Magdalen de Pazzi