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THE MYSTERY OF THE HOLY SACRIFICE OF THE MASS

Clergy Corner by Fr. Robert Falabella

We are reminded that the bread we offer at Mass will become by God’s will “the bread of life.” Recall Christ’s words, “I am the living bread of life come down from heaven; whoever eats of this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world” (John 6:51).

And, in the offering of water and wine, the mystery of our sharing in the Divinity of Christ takes place by His sharing in our humanity through the mystery of the Incarnation. “…and the Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us” (John 1:14).

 

The bread and wine, therefore, symbolize the offering of our entire selves as a sacrifice to God in our union with Jesus Christ in the offering of Himself to the Heavenly Father.

 

This however can only take place, as seen in this Offertory Prayer at Mass, if we are humble and contrite of heart, by admitting our sinfulness before the presence of God, hidden in the tabernacle, and pray to be washed free of our sins so as to share in the holiness of God as perfectly presented in the Incarnate Word of God --   Jesus Christ.

 

Now follows the most sacred moment of the Mass, when, -- through the very words of Jesus Christ, “This is my Body…This is my Blood…” -- the Sacrifice of Christ on the Cross and institution of the Holy Eucharist -- are presented to us in a sacramental and unbloody manner, such that we now become present at that one moment in history -– two thousand years ago -- when Christ gave Himself as our Redeemer and Savior. For these few    moments, we are present at the Crucifixion; not with those mocking and showing disdain for Jesus, but with Mary and the others at the foot of the Cross. This is the Mystery we participate in at Mass which will forever be our glory in heaven. What are our thoughts at these   precious moments? How grateful are we? Are we consistent in our preparation and appreciation for this in effable gift?

 

And it is this eternal moment, as we leave the church building -- that we share in the Mystery of the words of St. Paul: “I live, now not I but Christ lives in me.” And we witness to this by conducting our lives before others in such a way that this love and goodness of Christ Jesus comes to them through each of us. In this way the    Heavenly Father truly “…sees and loves in us what He sees and loves in His Son.”

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