HOW CLOSE TO GOD DO YOU WANT TO BE?
CHRIST’S MASS: HOLY COMMUNION
The Sacrifice began in the Upper Room, where Jesus voluntarily offered Himself as the living High Priest, the victim and the Lamb of God to be sacrificed at Calvary, which took place with His death. Jesus was celebrating the Jewish Passover, where from the days of the Passover and the Exodus, the Israelites commemorated God’s words. This one “Sacrifice of Praise” (Hebrews 13: 15) transcends time with the words Jesus said at the Last Supper, “Do this, in commemoration of Me”. This is known as Holy Communion and this is where you can become close to God.
At the mass, as at the sacrifice of Calvary, Jesus Christ, God/man is offered in sacrifice. A Victim must be offered and partaken of. Our Lord, the living High Priest is standing at the altar during each consecration: “A Lamb standing, a Lamb that had been slain “(Revelation 5: 6). He shows his wounds to the Father on behalf of the assembly at mass lead by the priest so that He “might lead you to God. He was put to death insofar as fleshly existence goes, but was given life in the realm of the spirit.” (1 Peter 3: 18) So we participate with “a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ “(1 Peter 2: 5). Christ has died. Christ has risen. Christ is with us. Christ will come again in glory.
Try to imagine the scene of the Last Supper and imagine Jesus speaking His Word to you personally and uniquely, “This is My body … this is My blood.” St. Paul writes, “Is not the cup of blessing we bless a sharing in the blood of Christ? And is not the bread we break a sharing in the body of Christ?” (1 Corinthians 10: 16). The Savior spoke of the need for us to eat His flesh and drink His blood in order to have life (John 6: 54). We come to the One who overcame death, the Living Lord, whom we receive. What a presence!
Historically, Jesus came to restore communion between God and man that was lost in the Garden of Eden. He came from Bethlehem (House of Bread) to Jerusalem to give us the Bread of Life. It is this “daily sacrifice” (Daniel 11: 31) and this “pure offering” (Malachi 1: 11) that brings us so close to God. What a moment! What a feeling of love and peace! What a gift from your Friend on your journey!
The Eucharist represents the presence and the absence of Our Lord. It makes the past become present to us and keeps our sights on the future.
You usually value the intimacy of human friendship. Actually the Lord Himself fills you with the love, that your heart craves. He is your faithful Companion and your most gentle and compassionate Lover. When everything seems to be against you, you still have your God. The trust in His strength is the only weapon that you need.
So we all must travel a spiritual journey — the journey of our own lifetime. The bread of life in the “daily sacrifice” is our spiritual food. For some to accept this way of thinking requires something called faith: the belief in what may appear to be the unknown: “I am the Resurrection and the Life. Those who believe in Me will live, even though they die: and whoever lives and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this?“ Continue reading CLOSE TO GOD 2