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Homily 351 – Why is This Night Different – Holy Thursday

April 13th, 2017, by Fr. Shawn P. Tunink

PassoverIn the Jewish ritual of Passover, a boy asks the father leading the meal a famous question, “Why is this night different from every other night?” The father is to reply with the story of the first Passover… “Because on this night God saved our ancestor from slavery in Egypt…” The angel of death passed over the houses of the Israelites whose doors had been marked with the blood of the Passover lamb. Tonight, we celebrate the ultimate fulfillment of what the Passover was always preparing for. Tonight we are marked and saved by the blood of a lamb, but not the blood of an earthly lamb that has no real power to save. Rather, we are saved by the blood of the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. It is the Passover of the Lord.

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