Agnus Dei

Jesus is the "Expiation" For Our Sins

by Father Brian J. Soliven on Sunday April 14, 2024

In our Second Reading today, John uses a very specific word to refer to what the death of Jesus did, "expiation." The original greek word is "hilasmos," which is direct reference to the Day of Atonement, the holiest day of the Jewish calendar. When we understand this theological background, the full implication of Christ's sacrifice takes on new meaning.