Daily homily thoughts, 7/21

We continue to consider the power of the Precious Blood of Jesus, as we do throughout the month of July. Our readings today help us. In our first reading from Exodus, we hear how the Lord ordered Moses and Aaron to instruct the faithful in the land of Egypt to get a lamb and sprinkle some of its blood on the doorposts and the lintel of every house. God says he will come by and wipe out everything in Egypt, except the houses marked by blood.  Those folks, they will have life.  We who have the Precious Blood of Jesus, we who are marked with that, in a similar way have life….have salvation. We have been saved by that blood.  We pray that blood will cover the whole world, that is, that all might come to believe. Ephesians says, “You who were once far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.” His blood has that power.

Today we celebrate St. Lawrence of Brindisi, a 16th/17th century saint. He spoke many languages and by the time he was my age, 31, he was papal emissary and peacemaker. He brought many people to the Lord.  He wanted to blood of Jesus on everyone. I read this quote the other day from Nelson Mandela that I think applies to him well: “If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner.”