How could we possibly know that Jesus blood type is AB positive?
However true it may be that we cannot know Jesus blood type for absolute certainty, it seems that God has been pleased to give us a very large body of evidence which overwhelmingly shows Jesus blood type as being AB positive—evidences such as the Shroud of Turin, the Sudarium of Oveido, along with quite a few important Eucharistic miracles, both historical and also very recent, whose blood test results have all consistently confirmed the AB positive thesis. In fact, recent scientific blood analysis has confirmed once again the AB blood type in both the Shroud and the Sudarium--two sacred relics which are believed to have physically touched the body of Jesus, and contain His precious blood.
Presented below are just a few of the many cases which having been scientifically tested by laboratories in different areas of the world, all of which reveal the AB blood type:
- The Corporal of Bolsena (13th century, blood tested in 1995)
- The Eucharistic Miracle at Lanciano (8th century)
And for those who are interested in more recent events, the three below have occurred in just the last 25 years and the blood results were all type AB positive:
- The (desecrated) Eucharistic host at Buenos Aires,Argentina (1996) – An interesting side note about this miracle is that the Archbishop who commissioned the investigation was Archbishop Bergoglio --now Pope Francis!
Each of the links above confirm the AB blood type test result, and as of this writing there is well over a dozen miracles/events which all have resulted in this same conclusion.
Rarity of the AB blood type among the human population
Together the AB blood type (both positive and negative) is one of the rarest of the human blood types, with only approximately 3.4 percent of the world population having AB+, and only 0.6 percent of the population with AB-.
AB blood type and its universal receptivity
What makes the AB blood type even more special is that people who have AB blood can receive blood from anyone, and are therefore known as “universal recipients”, unlike all other blood types who can only receive from other specific blood types. Therefore AB blood type is referred to as the"Universal Receiver" blood type.
So what to make of the universal receptivity of Jesus blood type?
So this begs the question--why would Jesus’ blood be universally receptive by all the blood types of humanity? What could this signify? Well, this is where Science and Faith may very well merge.
In the Eucharist, we often speak of “receiving” Jesus in Holy Communion. When we consume the Eucharist, Jesus literally unites and becomes one with us, Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity.
However, from Its beginning the Church has always taught that Eucharistic communion flows in two directions, Jesus uniting with us, and we joining together in Communion with Him--for when we receive Communion, it’s actually less about Jesus becoming part of us, than it is of we becoming ever more part of Him – and, by extension, ever more part of his Body, the Church.
The ancient Greek word the Church uses for this is “Koinonia” which essentially means that the Eucharist is the sacrament of communion with one another, in the one Body of Christ.
“Is not the cup of thanksgiving for which we give thanks a participation in the blood of Christ?"(1 Corinthians 10:16)
And so it is that St. Paul tells us in 1 Cor 10:16 that we simply don’t receive Jesus in the Eucharist, but that together we join Him in Communion in the blood of Christ—“Nonne communicatio sanguinis?” as it is written in the Latin Vulgate; κοινωνία or Koinonia in Greek.
Likewise St. Thomas Aquinas writes: “…the Eucharist is the sacrament of the unity of the Church, which results from the fact that many are one in Christ”, or as the Catechism states “...by this sacrament we unite ourselves to Christ, who makes us sharers in his Body and Blood to form a single body.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1331).
With this in mind we can now better perceive one of the reasons why Jesus perhaps chose to possess blood type AB: for being that it is the universally receptive blood type, our blood, regardless of our own blood type, can be received by Him, so that no sinner is excluded from being taken up into His divine life!And so it is that by reflecting upon the the possibility of Jesus and the AB blood type we have a beautifully symbolic representation that points to the mystery of Holy Communion and union with, and in, His most precious Body and Blood!
AB+ is also the universal plasma donor blood type
But this is not all---for not only is AB blood the universally receptive blood type, but AB+ blood is also known for being the universal plasma donor blood type, meaning that AB+ plasma can be transfused into any person, regardless of their blood type.
So, what would a blood plasma transplant provide, and why would a patient need one? Plasma attacks molecules called antibodies to help fight infections and it carries the clotting factors that stave off deadly hemorrhaging. In other words, plasma fights infections and it also helps to stop bleeding.
With this in mind, what spiritual allegories and symbolic conclusions can we derive from contemplating this last bit of information? Well, in this final matter I will leave it to the reader to reflect and make one’s own spiritual speculations and conclusions, and I will conclude this article in the joy of knowing that Jesus precious Blood is an inexhaustible font of salvation for humanity, and through receiving His precious Body and Blood in Communion we together unite in His divine life.