February 28, 2024
The Sacrifice of the Mass is a memorial in which Christ’s sacrifice is sacramentally present. The word sacrifice conveys many meanings, however at the root of any sacrifice is LOVE. God’s love for us manifested in the sacrifice of the Mass begs a response from us: Love in response to Love and Sacrifice in response to Sacrifice. When we come to Mass, we offer God our thoughts, prayers, words, deeds, trust, service and charity, our very lives and everything we are, and we pray that we may be transformed and gathered into one with Him.
Once the bread and wine become the Body and Blood of Christ and are returned for nourishment in the receiving of Holy Communion, they also represent the offering we placed at the altar. So, when we receive Holy Communion we receive the presence of Christ, but we also receive a sharing in the fruits of our sacrifice. When we receive Christ’s sacrifice it is also our sacrifice the loving surrender of our wills and our lives to God. We are strengthened by Christ’s real presence so that we can do the will of the Father, strengthened to live the sacrifices which the Christian life demands. How beautiful it is that we can offer our sacrifices and our struggles to Jesus. His love is enough to carry our struggles!