Homily of January 29, 2015: Thursday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time (Votive Mass of the Most Precious Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ)
The Church invokes the Blood of Jesus, the Incarnate Word of God, under many titles. Jesus himself explains the deepest meaning of his Blood in each Mass, saying: "This is the Chalice of my Blood, the Blood of the new and eternal covenant which will be poured out for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins."The celebration of the Votive Mass of the Most Precious Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ gives us a special opportunity to renew our Catholic faith in the meaning and power of his Blood. The Catholic Church tells us in her prayer that as we offer the Eucharist we celebrate anew the sprinkling of Christ's Blood.