Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Do Catholics Re-Sacrifice Christ at the Mass?

Divine Providence.  That is the only way that I can describe something that happened today.  I have been involved in an ongoing conversation with some Non-Catholics regarding the Eucharist.  Just this morning, I responded to someone's concern saying that Catholics believe that we are Re-Sacrificing Christ over and over and over again.  How many Catholics out there have ever had to answer that one?

Well, on my way in to work today, I was listening to the audio of Common Ground.  If you are not familiar with this interview, please take the time to read my original post about it here.  During the interview, the Non-Catholic Pastor Steve Andrews asks Fr. John Riccardo about the accusation made by Non-Catholics that we Re-Sacrifice Christ during the Mass.  What follows is a great explanation of what Catholics truly believe.  I have cropped the MP3 for your listening pleasure.  It is about 6 minutes long, but well worth it, especially if you want to have a correct understanding of what the Catholic Church believes and teaches - regardless if you are Catholic or not.  Enjoy!!!

Is the Mass a Resacrifice of Christ?

God bless...


Honeycom said...

If the Mass were truly propitiatory, you would only have to attend once in your life, not every week, since the merits Jesus obtained for us on the cross are infinite.

Carlus Henry said...

Welcome Honeycom,

I am hoping that I understand your question. You are saying that Christ's Sacrifice was once and for all and if I truly agree with that, then I would only need to attend Mass once in a lifetime and not every week. If I am misunderstanding you, then please correct me, but that is how I am going to answer your comment.

I completely agree. Christ's Sacrifice was once and for all. All properly Catechized Catholics would agree with you as well.

The Sacrifice that occurred on Calvary is the exact same sacrifice that occurs at the Mass, only in a Sacramental nature. It is God's way of bringing that sacrifice that occurred so long ago, here and now into our reality. In other words, Christ eternal sacrifice that occurred on Calvary is the same sacrifice that occurs at the Mass.

Does that help clarify the Catholic position?

God bless....