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I am listening on the app today. Thank you, just what I needed.

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Feb 25, 2023Liked by Jonathon T. Fessenden, Chantal LaFortune

Thank you for this wonderful reflection. I too needed to hear it!

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Feb 25, 2023Liked by Jonathon T. Fessenden, Chantal LaFortune

Thank you for the beautiful reflection on today’s Gospel. “May Christ, the Divine Physician, draw us to Himself during this season of Lent and heal our souls of the infirmities caused by our sins, so that we may one day glorify the Risen Lamb in Heaven for all eternity.” - beautiful prayer and reminder for this season of Lent. I needed to read this today.

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Jesus is a human being, and He was created sinless. It’s interesting that the sinless one who was able to redeem us from sin is often overlooked. His present intercession on our behalf is what saves us (cf. Hebrews 7:25-28; 4:14-16; 10:19-23).

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The theology gets a bit nuanced when it comes to referring to Jesus as a human being, which is why I only mentioned Our Lady. Jesus is equally God and man, while Our Lady is not divine at all. The Word became flesh and dwelt among us, taking on a human will in addition to His divine will. He was sinless by virtue of His divinity; Mary was sinless by her Immaculate Conception. This distinction is why I only mentioned Our Lady.

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Because Jesus is fully human, I’m not sure that Jesus was sinless only because of His divinity. His humanity was exempt from the sin of Adam. His biological father is God the Father; therefore, Jesus’ paternal blood is not descended from Adam and David, and would not be tainted with original sin. He is descended from David on His maternal side. I think that this is why Jesus’ blood is so important in Christian theology. It was divinely created. I don’t know if Mary contributed to Jesus’ blood.

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I’m actually not sure on that myself; I shall have to do some research. Jesus has a divine soul rather than a human soul; the Word became flesh but still retained His divine soul. Since it is our souls that inherit Original Sin, rather than our flesh, I’m wondering if this precluded any possibility of Jesus having Original Sin.

Your mention of whether Mary contributed Jesus’ Blood reminds me of something I have wondered for many years: what Jesus’ DNA is, since He only has one human parent. Perhaps it must remain a mystery of faith until we (God willing) reach Heaven.

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