A small bit of related trivia: In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), when the blood is considered sluggish or stagnant, myrrh is used, because myrrh “moves the blood.” When myrrh was presented by the Magi, we might consider that it was part of what moved the blood covenant forward, into the era of this redemptive marriage between creature and Creator.
One needn’t be a devotee of TCM to find that interesting, just in terms of metaphors. Let it bring us more deeply into contemplation of what blood has meant to us, and continues to mean to us, within the context of our salvation. Amen?
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