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Archbishop Fulton Sheen
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In the temple at the time of our Lord, the veil was about sixty feet high. This great veil was sprinkled with blood by the high priest on the Day of Atonement. He alone could enter on this day and commune with divinity. When he sprinkled the blood, it gave him the right to go behind the veil. On the hill of Calvary, on that great Passover, other blood was being sprinkled. At the moment that the lance was run into the side of our Blessed Lord, this veil of the temple was rent, not from bottom to top, for a man could do that, but rent from top to bottom. The holy of holies, which the people were never allowed to see (except for the high priest on the Day of Atonement) was opened. This was merely the earthly counterpart of something else that was opened on the hill of Calvary. A mystery beautifully described in the epistle to the Hebrews: 'So now my friends, the blood of Jesus makes us free to enter boldly into the sanctuary by the new living way which he has opened for us through the curtain, the way of his flesh.' So there were two curtains, the curtain in the temple in Jerusalem, and the curtain of the flesh on Mount Calvary. The holy of holies, which was only a symbol, was opened and revealed to human eyes. The holy of holies, the heart of Christ, was opened on the hill of Calvary. So the blood of Christ makes us free to enter the sanctuary by the new living way which he has opened through the curtain of his flesh. Heaven was opened by that act.