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Passing The Passover Test


Reflection on Mass Reading for July 16, 2021

Theme for July 2021: Why Does God Test Me?

“It is the Passover of the LORD…Seeing the blood, I will pass over you; thus, when I strike the land of Egypt, no destructive blow will come upon you.” There are certainly days in the life of every Christian that life feels particularly hard and burdensome. Unfortunately, for some more than others, these last a little longer. We wonder where God is or why He seems to have abandoned us. This kind of test is very difficult because it is dark. That is why we must remember the promise that was made to us sealed by the blood of the lamb in the Old Testament and the blood of Jesus (Lamb of God) in the New; this is what we know as Passover.

“If you knew what this meant, I desire mercy, not sacrifice, you would not have condemned these innocent men.” In many ways, some of the toughest tests we will ever have to endure in this life are practically impossible to pass —on our own, which is precisely why God the Father rescued the Chosen People, preparing the way for the magnificent redemptive act of the suffering, death, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ His Son. When we fully grasp and incorporate what Jesus did for me on a universal level and spend my life working to make that real in every instance and circumstance in my personal life, we will find such peace and clarity that we would or could never be the same again.

“Freedom is within our grasp, and Passover reminds us that we need to reach.” Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson

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