Sacrifice and Atonement

God is on a mission to remove evil from His good world, along with all of its corrosive effects. However, He wants to do it in a way that does not involve removing humans. In this video on sacrifice and atonement, the good people at the Bible Project trace the theme of God’s atoning or “covering” over human evil through animal sacrifices that ultimately point to Jesus and his death and resurrection. The video shows how the Jewish Temple rituals of sacrifice and atonement have been replaced by the New Testament rituals of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. (Note: the video’s will not present a fully Catholic understanding of Baptism or Eucharist, but the trajectory of their narrative points to our fuller understanding of these sacraments.)

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A Holiness Project


Earlier this week, after reading the gospel for the weekend, there was a part of me that instinctively turned to the other readings for a hint about the homily.  The language of the gospel is extreme: hating one’s family members, carrying our cross or we can’t be disciples. “anyone of you who does not renounce all his possessions cannot be my disciple.” Sure, I can explain the underlying Greek meaning and all the rest. And yes, I recognize the language of hyperbole to make a point… still… Continue reading