Monday, September 04, 2006

B-16 on the Meaning of The Sacrifice of the Mass

From Helen Hitchcock via CWN, quoting Cdl. Ratzinger:

[Jesus'] death on the Cross is the culmination of that turning of God against Himself, in which He gives Himself in order to raise man up and save him. This is love in its most radical form.… Jesus gave this act of oblation an enduring presence through His institution of the Eucharist at the Last Supper.… The Eucharist draws us into Jesus' act of self-donation.… The imagery of marriage between God and Israel is now realized in a way previously inconceivable: it had meant standing in God's presence, but now it becomes union with God through sharing in Jesus' self-gift, sharing in His Body and Blood. The sacramental "mysticism", grounded in God's condescension towards us, operates at a radically different level and lifts us to far greater heights than anything that any human mystical elevation could ever accomplish.

Most likely you'll have to turn that over a few times in your mind...

...but humming folk-pop won't get you there...

So how's your Parish Liturgeist?

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