By: Jose Mario Bautista
THE LAMB AND THE HOLY SACRIFICE OF THE MASS
1. The HOLY PRIESTHOOD is essentially the sacrifice of the Victim on the altar. It is a recall of YHWH’s command to Abraham to prepare a sacrifice and the boy Isaac’s question, “Where is the lamb?”
2. Against this background, it’s necessary for the Savior to die in order to become the victim, for a Savior without dying is not a victim.
3. “Had he not died,” St. Alphonsus Ligouri posed a perfect question, “where should we find the victim that the priests of the New Law now offer?”
4. God so designed that the “Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world,” would be the sacrificial Victim in the Holy Mass celebrated by our clergy. Jesus instituted the Holy Priesthood to make present and available the Victim on every altar.
SUPREME SACRIFICE OF JESUS: THE GREATEST LOVE OF ALL
1. Prince Myshkin sees a painting by Hans Holbein the Younger depicting Christ dead in the tomb (1520-22) and says: “Looking at that painting might cause one to lose his faith” (POPE FRANCIS quoted from Dostoevsky’s The Idiot).
2. The painting is a gruesome portrayal of the destructive effects of death on Christ’s body (Lumen Fidei, 17). Jesus was de-divinized and dehumanized on the cross!
3. GOD GAVE ALL! A drop of blood, a single tear, or one word would suffice to procure salvation for all, but God did more than that. He was tortured with 39 lashes. He was crowned with thorns. He was made to carry the heavy cross. He expired.
4. Clement VI wrote: Though innocent, our Blessed Lord was executed in the most ignominious manner, shedding not merely “a drop of blood… but a copious flood” (Jubilee Bull Unigenitus Dei Filius, AD 1343).
5. DIFFERENCE IN MANNER: Calvary: Bloody sacrifice, Holy Mass: unbloody.
THANK YOU, JESUS FOR YOUR SACRIFICE REPEATED EACH DAY IN THE HOLY MASS. Amen!