Episode 5

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1st Feb 2021

Leviticus 05

Book of Leviticus #05

The sacrifices recorded in chapters five and six of Leviticus are meant to expiate offenses committed unwittingly or by inadvertence; they cannot substitute to the punishment due to premeditated crimes. But if not premeditated, why do we have to expiate them?

We look down on venial sins. We consider them of little significance, as a minor scratch on the surface of a shining car or a small abrasion in soft leather seats. We do not think twice about them and, as long as our sins are not mortal, we may not set foot in the confessional.

Why then does the Lord instruct Moses in the minutia of offering sacrifices for offenses committed out of ignorance or forgetfulness? Why is it necessary to make reparation for guilt we did not incur out of malice? Could it be that every act that violates the ten commandments or the commandments of the Church is offensive to God?

Picture a great artist who has just finished his masterpiece after toiling over it for ten years. Picture now a small child who walks by and playfully grabs a paint gun and fires at the painting. Will this act offend the artist? Will he be pained? Of course. Was the child guilty? No, because he did not know what he was doing. Still, his action, objectively, is an offense to the artist because it destroyed a beautiful painting.

Unwitting acts of malice are similar to the action of that child -- albeit not as innocent. They offend our Lord. This lecture will help you deepen your appreciation of God's holiness; the danger venial sins represent and the necessity of frequent confessions.

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About the Podcast

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.

About your host

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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.