Mass For Christmas Day, the Lamb and the Word of God


בְּרֵאשִׁית הָיָה הַאמֶר  וְהַאמֶר הָיָה אֶת־הָאֱלֹהִים וְהוּא הַ הַאמֶר הָיָה אֱלֹהִים בּוֹ נִמְצָא חַיִּים וְהַחַיִּים הֵם אוֹר הָאָדָם

Words of Institution 2So begins the Gospel of John. “In the beginning was the Omer. The Omer is with God. God is the Omer.” The current theory is that John was a Samaritan. He wrote in Greek, but he probably thought in Aramaic, sister tongue to Hebrew. It is like comparing French and Spanish. It is possible for a Spanish speaker to sit down and read French. The Spanish speaker, if he chooses to, can fill in the blanks where the two languages differ.  Semitic languages like Aramaic, Arabic, and Hebrew do not properly speaking have past tenses. Everything is either perfect or imperfect in present time. “Omer” means two things in Hebrew. First, it means “Word.” Second, it means “Lamb.”

וַיְהִי מִמָּחֳרָת וַיַּרְא אֶת־יֵשׁוּעַ בָּא אֵלָיו וַיֹּאמַר הִנֵּה אמֶר הָאֱלֹהִים הַנֹּשֵׂא אֶת־חַטַּאת הָעוֹלָם

In the morning he saw Joshua/Jesus coming to him and he said/Omer, ‘Look, the Omer/Word/Lamb of God coming to take away the mistakes of the cosmos.

הוּא הָיָה מֵרֹאשׁ אֶת־הָאֱלֹהִים

Jess theses statement in Luke“He was from the head (of things) with God.” John tells us that the Omer/Word/Lamb of God, Jesus is part of the Godhead.

כָּל־הַמַּעֲשִׂים נִהְיוּ עַל־יָדוֹ וְאֵין דָּבָר אֲשֶׁר נַעֲשָׂה מִבַּלְעָדָיו

All of what God made is upon his hand and there is not a Deborah/synonym of Omer, which he did not make without him.

בּוֹ נִמְצָא חַיִּים וְהַחַיִּים הֵם אוֹר הָאָדָם

In him is life and the life is the Oar/Omer without the “M,” of man. The letter “M” stands for water in Hebrew. The ancient letter was a line commemorating the shore, with a “W” on top to represent waves.

הוּא אוֹר אֱמֶת אֲשֶׁר בָּא לָעוֹלָם לְהָאִיר לְכָל־אָדָם

Hebrew has a construct case and uses the same word for faith as it uses for truth. “He is the light of faith which comes into the cosmos to witness to the light to all men.” Another perfectly proper translation is, “He is the true light…”

הוּא הָיָה בָעוֹלָם וְהָעוֹלָם נִהְיָה עַל־יָדוֹ וְהָעוֹלָם אֹתוֹ לֹא יָדָע

CosmosHe is in the cosmos and the cosmos is upon his hand/Yad through him. The cosmos did not Yad/Judah/know.

וְאֵלֶּה אֲשֶׁר הֶחֱזִיקוּ־בוֹ נָתַן־כֹּחַ בְּיָדָם לִהְיוֹת בָּנִים לֵאלֹהִים הֲלֹא הֵם הַמַּאֲמִינִים בִּשְׁמו

To those who received him he gave the power in their hands to be sons of God. That is to those who Amen in his name.

אֲשֶׁר לֵדָתָם לֹא מִדָּם וְלֹא מִתַּאֲוַת בָּשָׂר וְלֹא מֵרוּחַ גָּבֶר כִּי אִם־מֵאֱלֹהִים

Which were born, not from blood, and not from the flesh/Bashar, and not from the Ruach/Spirit of man/Gabor/(Gabriel means strength of God)ֹ but with God.

וְהַאמֶר לָבַשׁ בָּשָׂר וַיִּשְׁכֹּן בְּתוֹכֵנוּ

The Omer/Lamb/Word dressed in flesh/Bashar and Shekinah/indwells among us. Shekinah is the Hebrew word for the Holy Spirit.

תְּחִלַּת בְּשׂוֹרַת יֵשׁוּעַ הַמָּשִׁיחַ בֶּן־הָאֱלֹהִים Mark 1:1

This is the beginning of the Bashar/Gospel of Joshua/Jesus, Messiah, and Son of God.

כִּי הַתּוֹרָה נְתוּנָה בְּיַד־מֹשֶׁה וְחֶסֶד וֶאֱמֶת מִמְּקוֹר יֵשׁוּעַ הַמָּשִׁיח יָצָאו

Since the Torahּ came in the hand of Moses. Chesed/grace/kindness and Amen/faith/truth comes out from the interior of the womb of Jesus Messiah.

The lamb/the one sacrificing himself is the word. He is the flesh and the Good News. He is the Omer who is the Oar. The missing letter, “M” calls to mind our baptism in the water. He is the light who is the life/Chiam. This is supposed to be a powerful statement of Christian ethics. It is all about life. Life is more than Bashar/flesh and Dam/blood. Life is the Bashar, the Good News for all people. If you are not about life, you have not the Good New/the flesh of God, within you. We are called to be Christian, meaning Christ-like, sacrificing ourselves for God and for each other.

The sheep of his flockJesus gives us the power to become sons of God. That means being a family. If we are family, how can we stand by while we watch our sisters be talked about as if they are things, for errant boys to grab their kittens? If we voted for someone who talked like this, we need to go to confession. How can we stand by while we see people not able to fulfil their lives, their potential, in this world? If we voted for someone in the past election who plans to cut social services for those in need, we need to go to confession. If we voted that people who are dark complexioned, or speak funny/Hispanic or who think funny/Muslims are not a part of us, we need to go to confession.

To have the power to become Sons of God means to have the power to see all people are related to us. How can we allow family to be mistreated? If we do not treat all people as family, it means either God never gave us that power, or we are not using it. If we are not using it, we are not sons of God. We have not become Sons of God, and the choice is ours.

God gives us grace/kindness and truth/faith. Faith means being in contact with the “Aleph,” the leadership of God indwelling within us. It means having the Mem/the water of regeneration within us. Last, it means having the Tov, the cross of Christ within us. If Christ indwells within us, we are part of the Bride of Christ.

John speaks strongly of this indwelling in his Gospel. This is marriage language. According to Torah law, marriage is a two-step process. The first stage is “Kiddushin,” and the second step is  “Nassau.” The two-stage marriage is expressive of the uniqueness of a Judeo/Christian marriage. Marriage is more than two people who choose to share their lives with each other; it is the fusion of two souls, or to be more precise, two halves of one soul, which was severed in two before being catapulted from its heavenly abode into the bodies of a man and woman.

During Kiddushin the couple is married, except they cannot physically express their union. So in the absence of tangible connection, their soulful connection binds the two. Only after the connection of the souls has manifested itself during Kiddushin, laying the foundation for soulful marriage, can the couple proceed with Nassau, the physical aspect of their relationship.

spiceCatholic tradition relates to this as S.P.I.C.E. Spiritually sharing of life between bride and groom through praying together and meditation. It included Physical closeness with plenty of hugs, kisses, holding hands, snuggling, and such. It also included Intellectual stimulations, the need to bounce ideas off one another. It included the need to be Communicative/Creative, and to Express feelings, desires, and joke together.

The duties of husband and wife as they would apply today in Kiddushin are:

Mezonot: To provide food and support for his wife “according to his wealth.” Clothing: To ensure that his wife has suitable clothes; this includes household items, bed linen, and dwelling place. Refu’ah: To pay his wife’s medical expenses, should she become ill. Burial: To cover his wife’s burial expenses. Should he predecease her, that she be provided for from his estate and be enabled to continue to reside in the marital home after his death as long as she remains a widow. To have her children by him inherit her ketubah, in addition to what they inherit along with others.

The Husband’s Entitlements from His Wife

Her handiwork: the wife is obliged to perform those household duties that are normally carried out for the family and the home (e.g., laundry, cooking, cleaning, nursing babies, raising his children, etc.); in addition, any income that the wife earns from her labors belongs to the husband. Found objects: items that the wife finds belong to her husband. Usufruct: the income from the wife’s assets belongs to her husband. Inheritance: the husband inherits his wife.

In addition, Nassau adds as the duties of the husband to his spouse, conjugal relations: To have sexual relations with her on a regular basis. The husband does not have that right from his spouse. She has that right from him. None of these rights include the right to abuse his/or her spouse in any way. Therefore, society does not have the right to abuse its citizens, or its guests, in any way.

The groom/God’s job is to provide for his spouse, the Bride of Christ. In exchange, the bride cares for his house and all who are in her home. This would include all of his children, including children that are not hers. How do we love God, as required in Shema? We respect his property, and in particular what God made in his image.

ThanksgivingJudaism and Christianity state that man is a social animal, forever part of a family, a natio-. We promote not just justice, but concord, a musical term. We are one with the cosmos. Our harmonies intertwine in the great divine dance with God in perichoresis, a Greek term with foundations in Kiddushin. How can we be one with the cosmos, or one with God, if we are not one with each other if we do not promote the General Welfare? The general welfare is like general seafaring. It is a common faring/journey of all of us to God, nothing less.

Jesus comes through S.P.I.C.E., not our physical wants and desires. Remember, the shepherds found Jesus in Beth Lechem/the House of Bread, in the land of Judah/Eucharist, laying in a feeding trough. He was not found in a place of opulence and pleasure. Jesus has something to say about that when he speaks of the people going out to see John the Baptist. “You are the salt/Molech of the earth. But if salt/Molech loses its taste, with what can it be seasoned? It is no longer good for anything but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.” Matthew 5:13 The Hebrew word for a messenger and therefore an angel and a king is also Molech. Being a king, messenger, salt of the world is about far more than supplying basic needs. It is about this S.P.I.C.E. for all people. It is about helping all people live life to its fullest. John 10:10.

Kiddushin means making sure everyone else has Mezonot: To provide food and to support each other according to wealth. Clothing: To ensure that everyone has suitable clothes; this includes household items, bed linen, and dwelling place. Refu’ah: To pay each other’s medical expenses, should we become ill. Burial: To cover each other’s burial expenses.

Basis right and wrong is more; it is tied to S.P.I.C.E. It is making sure all people have the elements of S.P.I.C.E. . Spiritually sharing of life between bride and groom through praying together and meditation. It included Physical closeness with plenty of hugs, kisses, holding hands, snuggling, and such. It also included Intellectual stimulations, the need to bounce ideas off one another. It included the need to be Communicative/Creative, and to Express feelings, desires, and joke together. John tells us that Jesus goes to prepare a place for us. This means preparing for Nassau marriage.

In John 14:1-3 Jesus tells us that he goes to prepare a place for us. This is Nassau language, marriage language. We are currently in Kiddusin marriage with God as the bride of Christ. If we do not fulfill the elements of Kiddushin marriage, why should the groom return to bring us to Nassua/upraised marriage? If we do not fulfill the aspects of Kiddushin, does God really indwell within us? Are we ready for Nassau marriage that comes with the Second Coming? If not, why should he come to get us?

 

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