Fr. Bill Nordenbrock, C.PP.S., moderator general of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood, delivers the homily at the Precious Blood Bicentennial celebrated on August 15 at St. Charles Center, Carthagena, Ohio.
Votive Mass of the Precious Blood
[Exodus 24:3-8; Hebrews 12:18-19, 22-24; Mark 14:12-16, 22-26]
The story in the reading from Exodus is a story that is dramatic and very easy to watch in our imagination. God wants a people of God’s own. A God who is love can’t be God without a creation to love; especially the creation made in God’s own image.
So God wants a people to call God’s own and through his prophet Moses the Abrahamic covenant is renewed: “I will be your God, and you will be my people. And these are the commands that you are to live by.” That’s the deal—that’s the heart of the covenant.
And the people say okay—twice they affirm the covenant. They had heard the commands of the Lord and they said: Okay
• We will do everything that you have told us.
• All that the Lord said, we will do.
And the deal was sealed in blood. This dramatic ritual of splashing half the sacrificial blood on the altar/on God; and the other half of the blood on the people. Creating a people through the blood. Giving birth to a blood relationship between God and God’s people.
Great—God has his people and the people have their God and agreed to the commands.
Great we have a covenant. So—how did that work out?