Episode 3

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1st Feb 2021

Leviticus 03

Book of Leviticus #3

The Minha and the Zevah are the two other offerings that are not intended for the expiation of guilt. Together with the Olah, they are the prefiguration of the sacrificial offering of the Mass.

If the whole-burnt offering (Olah) is meant to make the offerer acceptable in the sight of God, then the Minhah, a most sacred offering, is a tribute to God, a sacrificial gift which is brought by the offerer who presents it to the priest. The priest then delivers it to the altar, much like the presentation of the gifts during the Mass. 

The Peace Offering (Zevah) is the third most holy offering in which sections of the sacrifice were shared by the priests and donors of the offering, but this sharing could only take place after God's share had been offered to him on the altar. Thus, the Zevah reminds us of the Consecration during Mass, where the priest and the congregation partake of the Eucharist after it has been offered. 

Once, St. Teresa was overwhelmed with God's Goodness and asked Our Lord "How can I thank you?" Our Lord replied, "ATTEND ONE MASS."

The Olah is Christ, who offered himself as a whole burnt offering for our sake. It is also Baptism, where we die to be born to a new life. The Minhah has become the presentation of the gifts and the Shelamim the Eucharistic meal. Thus, Leviticus was and is still is the promise of better things to come, the symbol of the Liturgy, the greatest act of love and worship we can offer the Trinity.

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The Book of Leviticus
The Mosaic Law
The Book of Leviticus is known as the Law, that is the Law that Moses -- not God -- gave to his people in the wake of the golden calf and the rejection of the Ten Commandments. The Law is inextricably bound to the Levitical priesthood instituted at the same time.

It is common for readers of the Bible to skip Leviticus, or to skim over it quickly: its detailed listing of seemingly inscrutable laws have very little in common with our daily lives. Further, there are commentators who suggest that the purpose of the Book of Leviticus was for Israel and Israel only, but now that the sacrificial system of the Temple does not hold anymore, the book has nothing substantial or meaningful to offer us.
Nevertheless, within Catholic Tradition, Leviticus holds a place of pride because it is a foreshadowing of the Sacrifice of the Mass.
This in-depth study of Leviticus will help you to:

Understand what God has always intended the Mass to be.
Deepen your appreciation for the efficacy of the Eucharist, and
Lead you into a deeper devotion to the Lord hidden in the Eucharist.

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Michael Mouawad

Michael Joseph Mouawad, aka Naji Mouawad, is a Lebanese-born Maronite. The Maronite Rite is one of the eastern rites of the Catholic Church under the authority of the Pope. The Maronites go back to Antioch and are disciples of Saint Maron--hence the name.

Michael is a husband and a father of seven children. He taught scripture at several churches in the San Diego Area. Predominantly, he taught the bible at Saint Ephrem Maronite Church, and at Saint Margaret in Ocean Side. He chose to teach Scripture for Catholics who wanted to deepen their understanding of the Word of God and who were willing to dive deep into the text. While these studies are not a verse-by-verse examination of the pages, they dive deep into the original meaning. The singular goal of this study is to help every Catholic to live a more biblically-centered life and to understand our present times in light of the Scriptures.

Qorbono--notice no u!--is a Syriac word that means the Mass and the Eucharist. This was the site that Michael maintained for years to share these bible studies with the world and now he is happy to make them available via podcasts for easier access and availability.

Michael is also the author of a high-fantasy epic--The Epic of Ahiram. He has already published five books of that epic and is working on publishing the remaining four. The Epic is evangelization via story-telling. It introduces essential Catholic concepts, including angels, demons, and transubstantiation to a generation of readers who may have grown up never hearing of or understanding these notions.

Michael is a professional Lead Software architect with over twenty years of experience in this field and loves writing code for his own use.