Why the Lamb of God? - Episode 3




Why the Lamb of God?


Today we note that we lost a sense of the Sacred. The attitude is at play when we use the name of God in vain or when we promise “to pray for you” but do not. It is an over-familiarity. Too much of it causes us to behave as though we are next to something ordinary, when, in fact, we are close to the Extraordinary.


When will a sobering moment come?


A key to understand Holy Communion is to be conscious of Jesus’ Sacrifice on the Cross. First we consider who was crucified: the second person of the Trinity, the one seated on the throne of Heaven. Then we remember the misery of His Crucifixion. We see his walking to Calvary with a perfect spirit and body sensing more than anybody the pains of this earth. It is in as much as we realize the immensity of His Sacrifice, that we benefit from the graces flowing from it.


That God would choose a lamb as an analogy to Jesus’ sacrifice is therefore understandable. Like the young sheep, Jesus is innocent: Like the lamb slaughtered so that people can eat, Jesus dies for our Salvation. As the slaughtered lamb allows for a feast, Jesus’ body brings us Heaven’s banquet.


The Lamb of this EarthThe Lamb


A reverent approach to Holy Communion can in turn, refresh the way we eat the food of this earth. It happens in a more humble way, but in a similar way. Likewise, the discomfort at the thought that meat comes from an animal should not be pushed aside. It actually has a high value: it tells us to not abuse of meat and let us avoid many illnesses due to an over consumption of meat.


Food from animals provides us with proteins (but so do whole grain and nuts too). Those proteins provide the building blocks the body uses to build and repair itself. It uses them to make and maintain organs, muscles and skin. So animal proteins are vital. But too many of them, especially from red meat, end up raising cholesterol critically.


Nutritionists tell us that the amount of proteins we need (they do not even say meat) is two ounces. And two ounces in meat takes as little volume as two eggs.


Becoming aware of the life of plants and animals before they become food, lead us to appreciate how they are grown and raised. We may start to realize that cows where meant to eat grass and not corn. With this attention, free range cows would have a better treatment and provide better meat. Their meat is leaner, their natural diet causes less illness and therefore less antibiotics’ use. Chicken alike could be grazing. Their eggs then, have thirty percent less cholesterol and more vitamins.


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