Anonymous asked:

What is the sacrifice that we and the priest make during the mass that we hope that God finds acceptable?


Tim Staples replied:

"...The key is to understand that the Mass is the sacrifice of Christ brought to us [in] real time. We experience what Christ did for us on the cross...if you think about it it's really nothing for God...the Mass, when father says this is my body, this is the cup of my blood, that bread and that wine are transubstantiated into the body, blood, soul, and divinity of the Lord. The same Lord who died on the cross 2,000 years ago is offering Himself now through the ministry of the priest in an un-bloody way. The only difference between the sacrifice of the Mass today and what happened 2,000 years ago is the blood.

It's an un-bloody sacrifice, but Christ is really acting in his capacity as priest and as first Timothy chapter 2 verse 5 says, there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Jesus Christ. Notice that's in the present tense. It's not as though Jesus died on the cross 2,000 years ago and that's it. He's not a priest any more, he's not our sacrifice anymore, no he is a lamb. In fact Revelation chapter 4 depicts him as a lamb even now as though He were slain at the right hand of the Father. He still has holes in His hands and His feet. He's both a lion and a lamb. He's a king and a lamb in heaven.

When the priest says his sacrifice and ours understand that the priest has been ordained, and as such he has the power to confect the Holy Sacrifice, you and I don't. Because he acts in persona Christi through his ordination, or in the person of Christ. So when the priest says this is my body, notice he doesn't say this is Jesus's body...because the priest becomes so configured to Christ at that point that he is Christ for us and we then mystically receive that sacrifice. This is why it's his sacrifice and ours. Because our sacrifice is essentially different than his because he is Christ. We participate in that sacrifice but we can not confect it..."


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Catholic Answers, "Open Forum for Non-Catholics" (San Diego: Catholic Answers, 2014)

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Show air date: December 15, 2014

Name of show: Open Forum for Non-Catholics

Guest comments by: Tim Staples

Question appeared in show: 45:04


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