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Homily: Blood Transfusion (Feast of the Precious Blood)

By: Fr. Angelo Anthony, C.PP.S.

I would venture to say that most of the images of blood that we are exposed to reveal situations here blood is poured out in violence. We see casualties of war, shooting in the street and domestic violence in the home. Blood is seen s a scary thing. For some, the very sight of blood causes them to turn pale, get light headed and pass out on the floor!

We also know that there are images of blood that speak of life; like blood that is a part of the birth of a child or blood that is gathered during a blood drive. Over the last 20 years I have made a commitment to be a regular blood donor. Lying on a cot, watching your blood fill a bag is an experience which can draw you into prayer for the person who will be receiving your blood.

This image of blood transfusion has been lingering in my mind these past several months as we welcomed the new members to the Catholic Church during the Easter vigil. The rite of baptism and profession of faith is life a blood transfusion—the act of pouring from one vessel into another...