Episode 11

Published on:

1st Feb 2021

Leviticus 11

Book of Leviticus #11

How are priests to conduct themselves? What of their marital life? Who should they mourn? Who should they bury? 

Chapters 21 and 22 of Leviticus complete the study we have begun with the consecration of Aaron and his sons. The Lord wishes his priests to follow a specific law of purity, beginning with marital commandments and finishing with burial instructions.

The code given here concerns priests and the High Priest who must follow even more stringent rules than his brethren. 

As we study these laws, we must not lose track that their primary objective is not, as one might think, the purity and holiness of the priests. The purity of the priests is necessary to protect the sanctuary from contamination. This notion is strange to our ears, particularly Catholic ears because we take it for granted that nothing we do or the priest does could contaminate the Tabernacle. 

True, and this is a stark difference between the liturgy of the Old Covenant and the New. The Old Covenant did not carry the necessary graces to cure leprosy or raise the dead: there, anyone who touches a leper becomes unclean but with the coming of Jesus all that changed: for Our Lord touched lepers and he did not become unclean: they were healed by the flow of actual grace.

So why do these instructions to the priests matter still? Because they are foreshadowing a code of interior holiness and by studying them we get a deeper understanding of what the Lord expects of us and of his priests today.

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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.