Above: Meeting the Lord, an Orthodox Icon dated 1731
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No More Sacrifices
The Listed Lections for This Feast:
Psalm 84 or Psalm 24:7-10
Almighty and everliving God, we humbly pray that, as your only-begotten Son was this day presented in the temple, so we may be presented to you with pure and clean hearts by Jesus Christ our Lord; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Jewish law and custom required the circumcision of an infant boy on the eighth day after his birth. This became the occasion for the gathering of friends and family members, and the naming of the child. Mary and Joseph followed this pattern.
Note the mention of sacrificial animals in the Gospel text. Jesus, of course, grew up to die then conquer death. The Gospel of John places his crucifixion simultaneous with the sacrifice of Passover animals at the Jerusalem Temple. The point is clear: Jesus became the Passover sacrifice. Hence there is no further need for sacrifices and scapegoats.
So why do many of we religious people continue to try to scapegoat others?
KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR
JUNE 12, 2010
THE FEAST OF ENMEGAHBOWH, EPISCOPAL PRIEST
Revised on November 26, 2016