Just as we call all Christians ‘Christs’ in virtue of their mystical anointing, so we call them all ‘priests’ because they are all members of the one Priest. The City of God against the Pagans. XX Chapter 10.
You were asking what you should offer for yourself. Offer yourself. What, after all, is the Lord asking from you, but you yourself. Because in the whole earthly creation, he made nothing better than you. He asked yourself from you. Sermon preached in the Celerina Basilica.48:2
If there is no sacrifice there can be no priest. Exposition of Ps 130: 4
Those who have been raised to the dignity of the royal priesthood by Baptism and Confirmation participate with the whole community in the Lord’s own sacrifice by means of the Eucharist. CCC 1322
When we talk about the way we respond to each other in LOVE we are talking about Christian sacrifice The source of this love and its perfection is found only in God Robert Daly sj
We can only experience sacrifice that is Christian in the flesh and blood of our human experiences … Think of a time when you were aware you were loved, perhaps by a parent or a friend. Or think of a time when you did a loving act for another. Share something of that experience with the person beside you
A mutual, loving encounter that is free and self-giving and takes place between two persons ‘God is love…’ This is Christian Sacrifice
1. The Father’s abundant love for the created is so abundant that God becomes human in Jesus. 2. Jesus lives his life fully in love even unto death 3. When we love each other, through the power of God’s Spirit we also enter into that divine Father-Son relationship. Robert Daly sj: Sacrifice Unveiled
Something that we give up Enduring a situation that is harmful or unjust - justifying suffering ‘Self sacrifice’ that leads to loss of identity Giving up what you love Something that is done to or imposed
Bread and wine Collection for the poor ‘It is the sacrament of yourself that is placed on the Lord’s altar’ Augustine We bring gifts
‘Therefore, O Lord, we humbly implore you: by the same Spirit graciously make holy these gifts we have brought to you for consecration’
The rhythm of the week prompts us to gather up in grateful memory the events of the days which have just passed, to review them in the light of God and to thank him for his countless gifts, glorifying him ‘through Christ, with Christ and in Christ, in the unity of the Holy Spirit’. John Paul II - Dies Domini 42
‘If, therefore, you are the body of Christ and His members, your mystery has been placed on the Lord’s table, you receive your mystery. You reply “Amen” to that which you are.
Be a member of the body of Christ so that your “Amen” may be true.’