Day 32: Cattle, Boils, and Hail

Leviticus 7:11-18 Priests offered peace offerings for thanksgiving, to fulfill a vow, or to praise the Lord. The flesh of the sacrifice had to be consumed on the same day so it would not spoil. In the New Covenant in Christ, Christ HIMSELF is the Eternal High Priest who makes the ONE SACRIFICE of his own Body and Blood which serves as SPIRITUAL NOURISHMENT. The bishop or priest at the altar offers the Eucharistic Sacrifice in persona Christi capitis, “in the Person of Christ the Head.” This Sacrifice, in which all the faithful participate, is the same Sacrifice as that offered on Calvary. (CCC 1105, 1410, 1574)

Psalm 49 Christ spoke against putting faith in riches and material possession over everlasting goods. Wealth does not fill the longings of the human heart, nor does it lead to any lasting happiness. This psalm describes anyone who does not consider the finite realities of life as foolish; death does not spare the wealthy or shy away from the powerful. Through Christ’s Passion, Death, Resurrection, and Ascension he has purchased for us the rewards of everlasting life. (Cf. St. John Paul II, General Audiences, October 20 and 27, 2004)

Why should I fear: As in many other psalms, there is a strong reminder of God’s steadfast love and fidelity. In light of God’s constant concern for us, there is nothing to fear. Furthermore, God’s justice will ALWAYS have the last word. God will ransom...receive me: Although this verse may sound like a belief in the resurrection of the body, the psalmist may have nothing more in mind here than the blessing of a long life for the just and a life cut short for the wicked. This allusion to ransom, however, may refer to the Redemption that would eventually be won by Christ.

(*The Didache Bible RSV-CE Ignatius Edition, 2006) 

Prayer by Fr. Mike: "Father in Heaven, we give you praise. We thank you for your Word. We thank you for speaking to us today and for sharing your heart with us. We continue to thank you for your willingness to fight, your willingness to wrestle, not just against us, Lord, not just with us, but to wrestle for us, to enter into our lives with your Grace, with your goodness, and with your power. Lord, we ask that you please conquer us by your love, conquer us by your Grace. Help us to surrender and to submit our minds and our hearts, our entire lives to your reign, You are the King. You are the God of everything. We give you praise in Jesus’ name. Amen."


Reading Pharaoh constantly hardening his heart, despite witnessing God's dominance over everything, is seen again throughout Revelation- when people, after witnessing God's power- willingly choose to curse God instead of repent. How often do we see this today, when people blame God when bad things happen instead of retreat back to God?

The Book of Leviticus becomes so much easier, and fascinating, to understand when reading it in context of the Liturgy that ultimately fulfills it: The Mass. Here are all the Levitical Offerings (so far) fulfilled by the Eucharist and the Cross together.

More similarities between the Peace Offering when made giving thanks, and the Last Supper and the Eucharist

The wave offering and the Eucharist, where the priest elevates the the offering into the air. We see Jesus do something similar when he looks up to heaven as he blessed the loaves and fish, a precursor to the Last Supper and the Mass.

Read St. Paul's explanation of partaking of the Eucharist in an unworthy manner in light of the forbidding tp partake of the Peace Offering when unclean. The Old and New Testaments are so interconnected, even in the details of passages such as these.