Thursday, April 4, 2013

Benedict on the Eucharist

At the Last Supper, Jesus established the Sacrament of His Body and His Blood, the Memorial of His Paschal Sacrifice. By doing so he put Himself in the place of the ancient sacrifices, but He did so in the context of a rite, which he ordered the Apostles to perpetuate as a supreme sign of the true sacrifice, which is Him. With this after day we celebrate the Eucharistic Mystery, and adore it as the centre of our lives and the heart of the world.-Homily, Solemnity of Corpus Christi, Basilica of St. John Lateran, 2012
My thoughts:

  • The Sacrifice was once and for all.
  • It is unbloody and perfect.
  • The Jewish sacrifices were so that they could be united to God. The pagans did it either for nothing, or to mock God and the Jewish rituals.
  • Anything other than the one sacrifice-lambs, rams, people- is rejecting the power of the Cross.
  • There is action naturally ordered to something.
  • Knowing Benedict, the supreme action is prayer directed to Almighty God.
  • From that the physical gestures more deeply reveal what the prayer expresses and the Sacrifice, as well as the faith we share.
  • Assist at Mass as if it is your first, last, and only opportunity to assist at Mass.
  • Place the Mass at the center of your life: Make every opportunity to go, especially on Sundays and holy days. 
  • Oh yeah, and say the black, do the red. Don't make it up. Hence the bit about 'rite.' 

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