Tuesday, February 1, 2011

It's called the Altar

Sadly, many today don't recognize the Sacrifice of the Mass anymore. We hear and sing much  about the Table of the Lord or the feast. But that is not the primarily purpose of the Mass. It is to re-present the sacrifice on Calvary by Jesus for our sins.  That is why we have an Altar and a priesthood to offer the sacrifice of Jesus to the Father for our sins.
For me the most important words of the Mass are when the priest says in the Eucharistic prayer, "We offer you...." This is when Jesus is re-presented to the Father for our sins. We are at Calvary witnessing the sacrifice for our sins. This is where the victory for us is won. The vicory over sin and Satan and the door to Paradise is now opened.
I always laugh a bit when I hear Protestants tell their people to come up to the altar and recieve Jesus, and many have a table in their sanctuary. But their is no sacrifice offered at their service or priest present.
We as Catholics continue the sacrifice the Jews offered in the temple but with the Perfect Offering required for our sins, Jesus the Lamb of God.
Remember the Fatima prayer taught by the angel to the Children, '  I offer Thee the most precious Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ present in all the tabernacles of the world, in reparation for the outrages, sacrileges and indifferences ...' And the Divine Mercy prayer, 'I offer you  the body and the blood, of our Lord Jesus...'
Maybe this is what God wants us to recall as well, namely The Sacrifice of Jesus on the Cross for sin which takes place at every Mass.

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