For the Israelites, blood lines were of critical importance. The commandment that "the life is in the blood" ruled both their dietary laws (see Lv 17:11) and their entire culture. Their heritage and family lineage literally defined them as a people and a nation.
Now in Jesus, the family is no longer defined by the blood line passed on from father and mother. In Jesus, the family is defined by a new blood line: the Blood of Christ. Faith in Jesus, through hearing His Word (see Rm 10:17), acting upon this Word (Lk 8:21), and being baptized into the family of God (Catechism, 1265) now defines membership in God's family. We ratify and renew this family membership by receiving the Blood of Jesus in the Eucharist, the family meal.
No longer is it necessary to shed the blood of lambs, bulls, or goats (see Ezr 6:17) to demonstrate our family loyalty. In joining the family of God through Baptism, we are changed. We are begotten from above, baptized into Christ's death and Resurrection (see Rm 6:3-4). We now see everything in relation to our new family. God is our Father, Jesus our Brother, Savior and Lord, and the Holy Spirit seals us into the family (Catechism, 1274). Mary is our mother, all who have faith in Christ are our siblings, and even those who do not believe in Christ are our potential brothers and sisters. Therefore, live the lifestyle befitting a member of the royal family of Christ (see 1 Pt 2:9).
|Rescript: In accord with the Code of Canon Law, I hereby grant the Nihil Obstat ("Permission to Publish") for One Bread, One Body covering the period from August 1, 2019 through September 30, 2019.
†Most Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Auxiliary Bishop, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, February 15, 2019.