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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Are you a betrayer like Judas or Peter?

We have all betrayed our Lord at different times in our lives.  Some of us betray Him often; other people betray Him rarely.  But when you do sin, who do you emulate?  Judas or Peter?  Judas had deep regret for His betrayal, but what did he do?  Did he seek forgiveness?  Did he ask for mercy?  No, he went and committed suicide.  He received no forgiveness for his sin because he didn’t seek it.  God is merciful.  His ocean of mercy is greater than your sea of sin.

Now, Peter.  He denied Christ three times just as Jesus told him he would.  At the cock’s crow, Jesus looked at Peter.  Peter realized his betrayal and went and wept bitterly.  Theologians say he had a deeper conversion at that moment.  Peter was forgiven because he was open to it, unlike Judas.

So the question is, are you a betrayer like Judas or Peter?  Will you seek forgiveness and mercy while on your knees?  Or have you become distant and unbelieving of the mercy of our Lord?  Never think you cannot be forgiven.  No matter what your sin is, no matter how many times you’ve sinned, no matter how long it’s been since you’ve been to confession, you will ALWAYS be forgiven if you are truly repentant, if you truly regret your sin, if you truly mean to go and sin no more.

Jesus is called the “Divine Mercy” for a reason.  Because His mercy is endless if you only go to Him and throw yourself on the mercy of our Lord.  He loves you with a love you cannot even imagine, and His desire is that you be with Him in heaven at the end of your earthly life.  If you haven’t been to confession in a long time and are afraid to go, pray and ask for the courage.  The priest is always ready to receive you.  There’s really no need to be embarrassed or frightened or nervous, even though it is human nature.  Just go to your local priest, confess–if you don’t remember how, just ask, priests are more than willing to help you–and you will be absolved of all your sins.  Those words of absolution can make you cry.  It feels as if a great weight is lifted off your shoulders.  Freedom from the slavery of sin is an amazing thing.

You have betrayed our Lord.  Now be like Peter.  Then go and sin no more.