So there we have it!!
These names may all be familiar to you
The first one is EUCHARIST
What is Eucharist?
It comes from the Greek word “eucharistein”
So it is thanksgiving
The Hebrew word “toda” is “thanksgiving”
If you are in Israel and speaking Hebrew and you want to say “thank you” say “toda”
Back in the Old Testament there were many different kinds of sacrifices
Sacrifices of atonement
Sacrifices of petition
Sacrifices of thanksgiving
The rabbis said that in the age of the Messiah, all sacrifices will cease EXCEPT FOR ONE
The only sacrifice that would remain in the age of the Messiah, according to the rabbis, was the toda sacrifice, the Eucharistic sacrifice
THIS IS REMARKABLE!!
The rabbis spoke in a prophetic way
All of the sacrifices have ended
The Temple was destroyed in 70 AD
Since then, there has been no temple
Since then, there has been no sacrifice except for the ONE GREAT SACRIFICE of the Son to the Father in the Power of the Holy Spirit
The sacrifice of the Eucharist
JUST LIKE THE RABBIS TAUGHT
The one sacrifice that remains in the age of the Messiah is the toda, the Eucharistic sacrifice
So we call it THE EUCHARIST
We also call it THE LORD’S SUPPER
This makes sense because Jesus established this at the Lord’s Supper, the Breaking of the Bread
During the Easter season you will hear this a lot because we read a lot from Acts of the Apostles
When Jesus is Resurrected He meets the two disciples on the road to Emmaus
Mr. and Mrs. Cleopas although the second disciple’s name is up for debate
They are walking from Jerusalem to Emmaus
Jesus shows up, talks with them, and gives them a good Bible Study
And then it says, “They recognized him in the breaking of the bread.”
The Church has ALWAYS interpreted that as Eucharist because even Acts 2:24 says, “The Disciples devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, to the communal life, to the breaking of bread, and to the prayers.”
Breaking of bread doesn’t just mean they ate meals together
IT IS CODE FOR THE EUCHARIST!!
IT IS CODE FOR THE MASS!!
That is going to be there, the Eucharistic assembly, because we do not just do this on our own
It is called THE EUCHARISTIC ASSEMBLY because we gather together and it is the WHOLE CHURCH that offers up the Eucharist
It is the MEMORIAL OF THE LORD’S PASSION AND RESURRECTION
Do you remember the word “ANAMNESIS”?
That when we remember what Jesus has done, we are not simply recalling something
We are actually THERE once again
Paragraph 1332 says, “Holy Mass (Missa), because the liturgy in which the mystery of salvation is accomplished concludes with the sending forth (missio) of the faithful, so that they may fulfill God’s will in their daily lives.”
So it is called the Mass because it was where you would be sent forth
We get filled with the Holy Spirit
We get filled with Jesus Christ’s body, blood, soul, and divinity
And then we are SENT OUT INTO THE WORLD
To do what?
To bring that body, blood, soul, and divinity, and bring that Holy Spirit TO THE WORLD
Paragraph 1330 says, “The Holy Sacrifice, because it makes present the one sacrifice of Christ the Savior and includes the Church’s offering. The terms holy sacrifice of the Mass, ‘sacrifice of praise,’ spiritual sacrifice, pure and holy sacrifice are also used, since it completes and surpasses all the sacrifices of the Old Covenant.”
At the heart of EVERYTHING the Eucharist is the sacrifice of the Son to the Father in the Power of the Holy Spirit
Out of all the sacraments, the Eucharist is UNIQUE because IT IS JESUS
It is not simply the actions of Jesus
Yes the Eucharist is an action
It is also a verb
It is the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass
It is the UNBLOODY SACRIFICE OF JESUS CHRIST to the Father in the Power of the Holy Spirit
It is that sacrifice of Jesus on Calvary
It is the sacrifice of Jesus on the Cross
THAT IS WHAT IT IS!!
So yes it is also a noun
It is also a verb
What is the verb?
THAT IS SO IMPORTANT FOR ALL OF US!!
Because we get to JOIN IN THIS
The heart of religion is not merely the Creed
The Creed is very important
The heart of religion is not going to be the moral life although we are going to talk about that
The heart of all religion is WORSHIP
What are we giving to God?
The heart of worship is SACRIFICE
THIS IS SO IMPORTANT FOR US TO UNDERSTAND!!
The heart of our relationship with God is the GREAT SACRIFICE of the Son of God to the Father in the Power of the Holy SPirit that we get to participate in at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass
So when we go to Mass we are not just watching what happens
We are PARTICIPATING IN THE SACRIFICE OF PRAISE
We are PARTICIPATING IN THE PURE AND HOLY SACRIFICE
We are PARTICIPATING IN THE HOLY AND DIVINE LITURGY
We are PARTICIPATING IN THE SACRED MYSTERIES
WE GET INVITED INTO THIS!!
We receive Holy Communion, which is another term
IT IS AMAZING!!
IT IS INCREDIBLE!!
We get fed with what they call the BREAD OF ANGELS
BREAD FROM HEAVEN
Before that, we get to participate in worship
Before that, we get to participate in the offering of the sacrifice by lifting up with the ministerial priests
You are a kingdom priest
You share in a baptismal priesthood
You get to unite your prayers with the prayers of the ministerial priest who is united to the prayers of the one great High Priest, Jesus Christ
When we go to Mass we are at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass offering up that great and eternal once-for-all sacrifice that Jesus made on the Cross
We participate in an unbloody way
THAT IS SO INCREDIBLE!!
This is going to be an entire section of WE ARE SO GRATEFUL!!
It highlights what an incredible gift it is for all of us
To be able to be united like this
To be able to press PLAY and hear what God has in store for all of us
(MAN!!) OH MAN!!
It is remarkable to be able to hear how much God loves you
We have all these names for the Eucharist
The Eucharist is the love of the Father FOR YOU
Fr. Mike is praying FOR YOU!!
Please pray for Fr. Mike and for each other!!
I cannot WAIT to see you tomorrow!!