We have here the beautiful pastoral image of the lamb saving the flock. We are more used to thinking of Jesus as the Good Shepherd who takes care of the sheep even to the point of laying down his life for them. Here we have the image of the most innocent being slaughtered to save the others. That, in the end, is what the Paschal mystery is all about. As the Communion antiphon puts it, “Christ our Passover has been sacrificed, alleluia; therefore let us keep the feast with the unleavened bread of purity and truth, alleluia, alleluia.”
- How will my life reflect the joy of the Resurrection today and for the next fifty days?
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