DID YOU KNOW? ABOUT THE STUNNING METAPHYSICAL SIMILARITIES BETWEEN THE EXODUS NARRATIVE AND THE PASSION, DEATH AND RESURRECTION OF CHRIST?
Here are the parallels between old and new by Simcha Fisher
“MOSES told the Jews that, to protect their families from the Angel of Death, they were to mark their doors with the blood of a sacrificial lamb.
FIRST, you dip the hyssop brush in the blood and make a mark on the lintel, overhead. You dip again and mark the left post, and then the right. Your house is marked as God commanded. You are protected. Death will pass over your house.
WHAT DID YOU JUST DO? Up, down, left, right, with the blood of the lamb. You just made the Sign of the Cross. That is what Moses and all the faithless, grumbling, terrified Israelites were doing, OVER 2,000 YEARS BEFORE anyone had ever heard the name “Jesus of Nazareth.” THEY WERE MAKING THE SIGN OF THE CROSS OVER THEIR HOUSES TO BLESS AND PROTECT THEIR FAMILIES. Christ, his cross and resurrection, cast such a long shadow that it stretched thousands of years before he was even born. Before the Incarnation, the work of salvation had already begun. He was already with his people……………………………………………………”
“The ones who reached the Promised Land were the ones who kept their eyes on God and kept reminding themselves that he is wise, he is merciful–and he is in control.
We do our part, and the HOLY SPIRIT spreads his wings over our messy nests, overshadowing the human race from age to age with one warm, eternally wide embrace. Whether we live 2,000 before the Incarnation or 2,000 years after, God is the same, yesterday, today and forever…………………………….”
But consider this: Those Israelites didn’t recdognize the cross on their doors. They couldn’t. And yet that cross was still efficacious. God recognized it, and he recognized their trust and obedience. And Death recognized that cross, too, and Death fled.
CLING TO THAT IDEA. It’s not all up to us, thank God. His embrace stretches so far and so wide. His mercy endures forever; it covers us in our ignorance, shelters us in our grumbling, and comforts us in our darkness. Alleluia!” (Catholic Digest, March 2015)
I would like to add this: Catholics make the Sign of the Cross now, as a prayer by itself or at the beginning and end of prayers. “forehead, heart, left shoulder, right shoulder” we call on the Father, Son and Holy Spirit whenever we do this. This is the GREATEST PRAYER. We also mark the cross on our forehead before we read the Holy Gospels. The priest marks our forehead with ashes on Ash Wednesday, with Holy Oils during the Blessing of the Sick. Think back to the fact that the Christians marked themselves with the cross as a secret sign to let each other know they were Christians. From 2,000 before Christ to 2000 years after Christ we are saved and blessed by the Cross.