Episode 12

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1st Feb 2021

Leviticus 12

Book of Leviticus #12

Before spelling out the laws of conduct for families and, by extension, the lay society, the Lord begins by defining what the family is and is not.

Chapter 18 of the Book of Leviticus has the most complete treatment of incest and forbidden sexual unions in the Old Testament. This may strike us as odd; after all, why not speak of other sinful behavior such as those related to food, or money, or abuse of power, why start with sexuality?

The simple, and straightforward answer is, that sexuality is integral to the definition of the family, and, the family, when seen from the Cross, is the greatest natural sacrament for the Holy Trinity and the Kingdom of God.

Indeed, the Lord has written three bibles, not just one: the cosmos, the family, and the sacred scriptures. The family is an image of the Trinity and must reflect that image so that society at large can be prepared to receive the Good News and nurture it. If the family is broken or worse disfigured, then the image of God is disfigured, preventing his children from recognizing him.

This is why the Lord begins, in this chapter, by establishing the boundaries of the family, and he does this within the confines of the Old Testament when polygamy was tolerated ("for their hardens of hearts" the Lord will explain later).

By studying this chapter, we gain critical insight into the way the Lord views the family and the importance it plays in the salvation of mankind, an insight that leads us into the heart of the Church who is the one and only Bride of Christ

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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.

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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.