Speak Lord: by whose blood we are saved

Living Eucharist

John Lateran holy door

The second reading at the Mass of Corpus Christi this year focuses us on the sacrifice of Christ.

The language of sacrifice has proven rather controversial in the Church, particularly as related to the Mass. Sometimes this is because the way the Catholic church speaks has seen to imply the Mass is a second saving sacrifice. Yet the Church is clear, there is but one sacrifice by which we are saved and that is the sacrifice offered, once and for all at Calvary. That redemptive sacrifice offered by Christ himself at Calvary (and beautifully anticipated at the Last Supper with the Institution of the Eucharist) is made present to us still in the mystery of the Eucharist. And, wonderfully, at Mass, that once-and-for-all sacrifice of Calvary is re-presented in the Sacrament of the Sacrifice. That Sacrifice truly is once-and-for-all, but it is not over and done with.

The Christ who made…

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