Thought of the day
Thursday, January 7, 2016

Thursday after Epiphany

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me because the Lord has anointed me”

This oil with which our Lord, the Son of God, was anointed – and that is why he is called “Anointed One” or “Messiah” in Hebrew and “Christ” in Greek – this oil is the Holy Spirit and the anointing of kings, priests and prophets was only a foreshadowing of it, a material indication… The Church received the Holy Spirit in the patriarchs, kings and prophets before the Holy of holies, the great High Priest, Jesus Christ, the Son of God was anointed… 

The ancient priesthood, symbol of the new priesthood, was first of all consecrated with oil but afterwards with blood because the High Priest of the true Tabernacle in heaven (Heb 9:11f.) was first of all consecrated with the Holy Spirit and then with his own blood.