Deacon George’s Homily for Corpus Christi
In the Book of Exodus, we learn of the Passover. This is when the Jewish people sacrificed a young lamb or goat and daubed its blood on the doorposts and the lintel of the houses, where the sacrifice was taking place. The lamb’s flesh was then eaten with unleavened bread and bitter herbs. Through the centuries the Jews have celebrated the Passover and its focus was the Passover sacrifice known as the Pascal lamb. Today, the symbolic food for the pascal lamb is usually a roasted shank bone. The shank bone is not usually eaten, instead, an unleavened flatbread is used as a substitute. This flatbread is broken in half and eaten at the end of the Passover meal. As part of the meal, a set of scriptural and Rabbinic passages, dealing with the Passover, are customarily recited. Jews believe that by reciting these sacred words they are re-presenting the real Passover of 3,200 years ago. They believe that there is only one Passover and by re-presenting the Passover they are joining in with that one and only original Passover meal…..