So there we have it!!
The Lord’s Paschal Mystery is made PRESENT to us through the SACRAMENTS
We are presented to them
They are POWERFUL
They DO SOMETHING
Paragraph 1130 says, “The Church celebrates the mystery of the Lord ‘until he comes,’...The Liturgy shares in Christ’s desire: ‘I have earnestly desired to eat this Passover with you…until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.’ In the sacraments of Christ the Church already receives the guarantee of her inheritance and even now shares in everlasting life, while ‘awaiting our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Christ Jesus.”
We SHARE in that Grace
We SHARE in what Jesus Christ has established for us and won for us
We participate in what Jesus has done for us
At the same time, there is more to be entered into
There is a veil that still is to be removed
The Sacraments mediate the Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ to us
The day will come in Heaven, in the Beatific Vision, when there is NO MEDIATION
We will see the Lord AS HE IS, FACE TO FACE
We will get to behold the Lord AS HE IS, FACE TO FACE
Right now He comes to us through signs and Sacraments
Paragraph 1131 says, “The visible rites by which the sacraments are celebrated signify and make present the graces proper to each sacrament.”
There is a way of approaching the Sacraments that reduces them to mere ritual
You go to Mass and you stand and sit and kneel
People say certain words and it’s all just ritual
These VISIBLE RITES that are celebrated in the Sacraments signify something and ALSO HAVE POWER
As often as we go to Confession, the priest says the same words of absolution every time
In our contrition, and the words of absolution, it is not just an empty ritual
It is a POWERFUL EFFICACIOUS RITUAL that makes present the graces that Jesus Christ won for us on the Cross
The graces of FORGIVENESS
The graces of MERCY
The graces of RECONCILIATION WITH GOD HIMSELF
THIS IS SO POWERFUL!!
EFFICACIOUS IS THE RIGHT WORD!!
The Sacraments are NOT mere symbols
St. Thomas Aquinas says in Paragraph 1130, “‘Therefore a sacrament is a sign that commemorates what precedes it-Christ’s Passion; demonstrates what is accomplished in us through Christ’s Passion-grace’ and prefigures what the Passion pledges to us-future glory.”
We talked about this at the end of PILLAR 1: THE CREED
All of this is oriented not only to give us life here on this earth, to bring us into relationship with the Lord on this earth
Because the Lord wants to bring us into His Glory and His presence in Heaven
This is what the Holy Spirit does
This is what the Sacraments are doing
They are giving us the grace that Jesus Christ won for us right now so that we can also be more and more drawn into His life now and ultimately, into His life in Eternity
IT IS INCREDIBLE!!
Paragraph1132 says, “The Church celebrates the sacraments as a priestly community structured by the baptismal priesthood and the priesthood of ordained ministers.”
We are a PRIESTLY PEOPLE
What do priests do?
PRIESTS OFFER SACRIFICE
THIS IS THE KEY THING!!
That is the PRIMARY ROLE of the priesthood
If you are Baptized you participate in the Baptismal priesthood united with the ordained priesthood
It all comes from Jesus Christ, the great High Priest
If you have been Baptized you have brought into a share in Christ’s Priesthood
This means you have been given a share of the ability to offer up the great Sacrifice to the Father in the Power of the Holy Spirit
KEEP THIS IN MIND!!
You are not simply learning about something that someone else does
You are also learning how you are being called to enter into this
How are you being called into this full and active participation in the Liturgy
You have been Baptized and anointed a KINGDOM PRIEST
Baptismal priesthood is what you share in
If there is anything Catholics miss, IT IS THIS when it comes to the Sacraments and the Mass
There are so many Catholics who get it
JESUS CHRIST IS TRULY PRESENT IN THE EUCHARIST AT EVERY MASS!!
IT IS AMAZING!!
IT IS INCREDIBLE!!
IT BLOWS THE MIND!!
They forget that when they show up to Mass they are not simply there to get the Eucharist
They are there to OFFER THE EUCHARIST
They are there to OFFER THE BODY, BLOOD, SOUL, AND DIVINITY OF JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD AND SAVIOR TO THE FATHER IN THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
KEEP THAT IN MIND!!
Paragraph 1133 says, “The Holy Spirit prepares the faithful for the sacraments by the Word of God and the faith which welcomes that word in well-disposed hearts.”
Here we are learning about the Catechism and what we believe and how we worship
We always need to remember to say, “Speak, Lord. Your servant is listening.”
Let that Word of God be an ever-present, active, real part of your life
We need to meditate on God’s Word ON A REGULAR BASIS
THIS IS IMPORTANT!!
We need to meditate on the teachings of the Church
We can enter more deeply into the Sacramental life of the Church and the moral life when we listen to the Word of God attentively and receive that with faith
GIVE GOD YOUR AMEN!!
GIVE GOD YOUR COMMITMENT!!
THIS IS AWESOME!!
WHAT A GIFT!!
If this is YOUR Day 154 way after Day 154 of the year, NO WORRIES!! (Yeah…I’m a bit behind myself haha 😉)
ALL THAT MATTERS IS THAT YOU KEEP PRESSING PLAY!!
Fr. Mike is praying FOR YOU!!
Please pray for Fr. Mike and for each other!!
I cannot WAIT to see you tomorrow!!