February 21, 2020

SACRAMENT and SACRIFICE

Nearly 2 thousand years following the first Last Supper, Evangelical Christians question the meaning of Christ’s teaching: How we are to worship The King of Ages, Immortal and Invisible, the Only God. Give honor and glory forever and ever. Jesus before his Passion showed his chosen Apostles how to properly worship the Father. But, not seeking the truth, others presume to know more. This they tell me, “It is Finished” When Jesus on the cross said, “It is finished,” 2000 years later, His words, are to mean everything but what He intended. “It is Finished”, so let us sin boldly? He died for my sins I am committing, covered in His Blood not mine. This is what they tell me!!

These tell me, the sacrifice of the mass, is irrelevant, so they do NOT participate. “And he said to them: “With desire I have desired to eat this pasch with you, before I suffer.” Why? Do you ignore the Truth of the Cross? He Is Risen after all. We barely make time to remember, the pastor’s sermon went on forever, but not one Word, about how man crucified His Savior. Do we stop sinning? Then how is it finished? Men are born to live, Christ was born to die! This is Justice!

Jesus the High Priest

But it is sinful to mock the Mass, as a mere memorial service like your celebration of Memorial Day; Or as an imitation of the Last Supper. Or worse, just a collection of prayers spoken directly from Corinthians, ( even if you can’t or are not there to say them). What our Lord told His Church, he is present. He permits His chosen, “Ordained priests” to call him to this table of sacrifice. For this He comes down from heaven, to offer Himself to the Father for man’s sin. He does not come alone, but is accompanied by His Faithful witnesses, his Holy angels and Saints. These testify to the Father. It is in this miserable life of a priest, Jesus accepts every time, and thus sacrifices Himself as a clean oblation, as the Only begotten broken offering to His Father. An unbloody sacrifice, prefigured by Melchisedech and Abraham. “But Melchisedech the king of Salem, bringing forth bread and wine, for he was the priest of the most high God, (Gen14:18) The Word of God said again, “The Lord hath sworn, and he will not repent: Thou art a priest for ever according to the order of Melchisedech.” (Ps109:4) Then again scripture says, Thou art a priest for ever, according to the order of Melchisedech.” (Heb5:6) Were you there? Are you there now? Jesus is here, offering Himself to the Father. “For he testifies: Thou art a priest for ever, according to the order of Melchisedech.” (Heb7:17, or 15) What acceptable oblations does your Church offer the Father? Who sent you? Instead you break His heart in your disobedience.

St Paul said, Nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest enters into the holies, every year with the blood of others: For then he ought to have suffered often from the beginning of the world: but now once at the end of ages, he hath appeared for the destruction of sin, by the sacrifice of himself. And as it is appointed unto men once to die, and after this the judgment: (Heb9:25-27).

Yes Isaiah 800 years before Christ’s mission on earth, spoke of the Suffering servant ) (Is 50:6; 53;2-7) so clear, unmistakably clear, it could have been written by an historian of Pontius Pilot, not a prophet of God, 800 years earlier. “For my part, I made no resistance, neither did I turn away” But man makes up his stories, lies to himself and to others; but Isiah’s Word remains, they DO NOT disappear!, so that those men who seek the Truth, can find Him.

While many wise men, as the Pharisees scoff at His offering and sacrifice. They can NOT offer it. They do not Offer it. Bible preacher knows; he is was not chosen to offer His life as a living sacrifice. No Bishop of Peter breathed on Him or anointed him with the Apostolic mission (Mt28:20)! If they received it, would they preach it? How did the Christ bless and anoint that mission? So what could he offer, this preacher? a bloody sacrifice? or something less? even more unacceptable? The immortal God is supposed to accept a “Samaritan table scrap”, when the King of Kings, his only Son lays offering His life on a marble slab in His Church?

Divine Liturgy Icon (Christ offered on the Altar as Sacrifice)

Why did Christ say. “ I longed to eat this Passover with you before I suffer!” Was it just a pass-over lamb dinner?, or did He want to teach something more profound? Have you taken a moment to read, The Dolorous Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ, by Anne Catherine Emmerich; If you did, you learn how meticulously Jesus prepared every moment of the Last Supper. They slaughtered the victim Lamb as Moses instructed his priests, but over time the Jews, Sons of Aaron back slid the Law, into something else. Yes, the Last Supper wasn’t finished until Jesus drank the cup….the bitter cup of gall the Romans prepare for every crucified victim required by their law. Then and only then he said “It is Finished”. The victim slung on the Cross, the Last Supper was now complete. Jesus Longed for the last supper and commanded His followers to do this for the forgiveness of sins. Only His priests receive this blessing cup. It is only His (Jesus the perfect victim, a spotless lamb) a sacrifice to the Father that is acceptable. Are you there? Do you witness this on any day in his Church? Or not? “It is finished”. As you swim in your sins like a fly trapped in soup.

Byzantine Maundy Thursday Icon

Was there a Man on the Cross? “It is Finished” He is risen after all. But Christ outside of time, is a man on the Cross. That pain is Now, the thought is Now, All His eternal thoughts are always in the NOW. He told us so, when He claimed, the Alpha and Omega. (Rev22:13) It is Sin that is the obstacle to “It is Finished” He conquered Sin, and death, But Sin remains in the world, Your sin. He was born to die on the Cross for our Sins, and so He has. But our Sins have they stopped? What Fool thinks this? Or worse, that my sin counts for nothing! Man’s complete disregard for life, poverty, greed; other men grasping at their fruitless power? Man Crucifies their savior in his heart.

Elizabeth Cheney says it well:

Dear Jesus, redemption is Thy work; atonement is mine,

for atonement means at -one-ment with thy life.

Thy Truth, and Thy love.

Thy work on the Cross “It is Finished”,

but my work is to take you down. For:

Wherever there is silence around me

By day or by night,-

I am startled by a cry

It came down from the Cross –

The first time I heard it,

I went out and searched-

And I found a Man on the throes of crucifixion,

And I said, “ I will take you down,” And I tried to take the nails out of His feet,

But He Said, Let them be, For I cannot be taken down

Until every man, every woman, and every child

Comes together to take ME down,”

And I said, “but I cannot bear your Cry, “It is Finished”

What can I do?

And He said go about the World- Tell everyone that you meet-

“There is a Man on the Cross.”

For unless there is a Good Friday in my life, there will never be an Easter Sunday;

unless these is a garment of a fool, there will never be the white robes of wisdom;

unless there is a crown of thorns there is never a glorified body;

unless there is a battle there will never be victory.

Unless there is a Cross, there can never be an empty tomb.

Tell me, How in endless time of eternity…. “Is it Finished”?

So scoffers and scorners; Why did Jesus long to eat this Passover? WHY? People claiming, we love Him. This is only a memorial, no one is being sacrificed to the Father, in atonement… “It is Finished” But the Church from day one taught, they know him in the breaking of the bread. (Acts2:42)

Many Christians deny His Catholic Church. They ignore the literal Truth of the gospel, refuse or ignore verses such as (Mal 1:1)

From the rising of the Sun to the setting, my name is great among the nations, and in every place there is sacrifice and there is offered to MY NAME a clean oblation.”

Where else but the Catholic Church? Words written, when Alexander the Great reigned in Judea, over 2600 years ago; but true in His Church today. A Sacrament and Sacrifice. Yes, Malachi saw and wrote, long ago, a “fitting worship to God, ” Not Abraham and Issac on a Mountain, but Jesus, His Son on a Cross, offering a clean oblation!

Christmas Day Mass in Poland 2015.

Daily indulgence: A plenary indulgence in the usual conditions, if this ejaculation is repeated daily for an entire month. Partial 300 days. S.P. Ap., Jun 4, 1934 and Jul 12, 1941. Raccolta pg. 82.

#137. I adore Thee every moment, O living Bread from heaven, Great Sacrament.

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