"Un Ti Morceau"

"A Little Something," mini-lessons and reflections by our pastor, Father Paul Counce

Why Eucharist?

Published January 29, 2012 by Fr. Paul Counce

As our consideration of the Eucharist continues, but be­fore we begin to examine the actual rituals of the Mass, I think it=s a good idea to understand why we celebrate this won­derful sacrament. Probably most people see the re­ception of Holy Communion as the main purpose of the Mass, but that=s not really the first and foremost reason!

No, the first reason we celebrate the Eucharist is because the Mass is the re-presentation of Christ=s own sacrifice of Himself. It is the Amemorial@ of our Savior=s own Pass­over: it keeps present to us His own death-and-resurrection. Since nobody=s yet invented a time-machine, we can=t go back and witness the one unique bloody sacrifice of Jesus on the cross almost 2,000 years ago. But we can witness the non-bloody re-creation of that important event. We can be there!

Every Mass, even at Christmastime or on other occasions when some other sacred event or Christian theme is pro­mi­nent, is a special re-presentation of that one key event in the history of salvation: the total self-giving of the Lord Jesus in His death. Although the Catechism of the Cath­o­lic Church is more eloquent in describing this (nos. 1362-1367) it=s something each of us should be able to under­stand and describe in our own words!

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