How to Understand the Once for All Sacrifice of Jesus Christ

One perfect sacrifice for all people and for all time—past, present, and future. This sacrifice is not stuck in history, though, because Jesus created a New Covenant into which all people who wish to be His disciples must enter.

What did people in that ancient culture do to enter into a covenant? The two parties would sacrifice, say, a lamb, cook it, and share a meal, that is, eat the lamb. Once the two parties ate together, they had entered into a covenant. This was something greater than a contract. This bound the people as brothers.

To enter into this New Covenant, a person MUST eat the Lamb sacrificed for this purpose. If you do not share in the sacrificial meal, you do not enter into any covenant.

Jesus Himself is the sacrificial lamb, the spotless Lamb of God, which you MUST eat:

— “Unless you eat my flesh and drink my blood, you have no life in you.”
— “Take, eat. This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in memory of me.”

This is why the holy Eucharist is, indeed, the real body and blood of Jesus. You must eat the sacrificial Lamb in order to enter into the New Covenant with God. This is why Jesus established the Catholic Church. Only priests can offer sacrifice. That is their primary duty, Old Covenant and New, pagans and Christians. The priest offers sacrifice. That’s why we call mass “the holy sacrifice of the mass.” When the priest pronounces the words of Jesus at the Last Supper, it is made present to us, we are there! What on earth are you talking about, Michael?

Recall the original Passover. That was when God was sending plagues on Egypt so that Pharaoh would free His people, who were enslaved in Egypt. The last plague was the death of the first born of each person and animal. However, each family of the Hebrews was to sacrifice a spotless lamb, put its blood around the door, roast it, and eat it. (Notice, a covenant is being made here between God and His people.) The spirit of death would “pass over” the doors with blood.

God instructed Moses to have His people eat a Passover meal annually “in memory of” that first Passover. What did that mean to them? In that time, in that culture, what did it mean? When eating the annual Passover meal “in memory of” that first Passover, they did not simply recall what happened. It made that event present to them. They are there. Even today, at Passover, the words are in the present tense.

It is the same at mass because it comes from the same people and culture and time. It has the same meaning. When Jesus said to “do this in memory of me,” He was giving new instructions for the Passover (which is what the Last Supper was), which He was fulfilling or transforming at that moment.

When we attend mass, we are present at the Last Supper, we are present at Calvary, we eat the sacrificial meal, which is the spotless Lamb of God. You renew the New Covenant between you and God every time you receive communion because you are eating the real sacrificial Lamb.

This is the once for all sacrifice of Jesus: the perfect sacrifice of the spotless Lamb of God, which continues for all time, in order to have a REAL sacrificial meal, without which, nobody can enter into the New Covenant with God. The holy Eucharist (communion) at mass can not be just a symbol or a sign or a recollection of what happened 2,000 years ago. If it were, it would be impossible to enter into a covenant with God because there would be no sacrificial meal to eat. And that is necessary.

Jesus said, “unless you eat my flesh and drink my blood, you have no life in you” and “take, eat, this is my body.” He meant both literally. Please, believe in these words of Jesus.

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God is a communion of love, and we’re invited to join that communion!

How can we be one with God?

“I [Jesus] pray not only for these,
but also for those who will believe in me through their word,
so that they may all be one,
as you, Father, are in me and I in you, that they also may be in us,
so that they may be one, as we are one,
I in them and you in me…”  (cf John 17:20-23)

Jesus is speaking to God the Father. In this verse, we can see the communion of God. We know, since Jesus revealed it to us, that there are three persons in the one God. The term which we use to describe the three persons is the Trinity or the tri-une God.

Jesus is praying to His Father that His disciples may all be one as the Father and the Son are one. Now, the Father and the Son are one in substance, i.e. they are both the one God. Since we humans cannot become one in substance, that is, we cannot become God, how can we be one with the Son in us and the Father in the Son? We can be united in one, that is, in full communion with the Father and the Son. The Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit are a communion–a communion of love–and we can be fully united in that communion of the Trinity. That is what it is to be in heaven–united with God.

The communion of God–the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit–does not need us in the least. The Father loves the Son completely and perfectly, giving everything He is to the Son. The Son loves the Father completely and perfectly, giving everything He is to the Father. As the Father and the Son love each other perfectly, They give everything They are to each other, even their very existence, and that perfect love brought into existence is the Holy Spirit.

The tri-une God loves us so much, that He wants us to become one with the communion of God. How incredible is that?! How undeserving we are to be united with God, yet He still wants us!

The beloved disciple, Saint John, says in his first letter (4:8) that “God is love.” There was a heresy in the early days of the Church called Sabellianism, in which the existence of the three persons of God was denied. This heresy was quashed quickly and easily given the multiple references to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit in the gospels, e.g. the baptism of Jesus in Matthew 3:16-17, Mark 1:10-11, Luke 3:22 and the commission to teach the gospel and baptize in the name of the Trinity in Matthew 28:19.  In the last century, this heresy was revived in the Pentecostal Oneness movement.

OK, back to Saint John. He said, “God is love.” If God is love, then God loves. Makes sense, right? We know that God does not change; therefore, if God loves now, He has always loved, even before the existence of the universe. If God is a lover then there must be a beloved. Before the universe existed, God was alone. If God is a lover, who was the beloved?  There must have been a “target” of that love. How can one love if there is nobody to love? The Father is the lover, the Son is the beloved, the Holy Spirit is the shared love. God is a communion of love! (And we’re invited to join that communion!) You don’t need to understand the Trinity to believe. Our pitiful, created, finite minds will never comprehend the infinite, uncreated God.

As Saint Augustine said:  Seek not to understand that you may believe, but believe that you may understand.

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