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MEMORIAL


Today Jesus is again present in the Eucharist. He is our God who is with us and who continues to save us through his death and resurrection. We are united to him in the Eucharist.


WE ARE VICTIMS ALONG WITH JESUS Gal 2: 19-21


At the Eucharist, all the members of the Church share in the life of Jesus. They are part of the Body


of Christ which is offered to the Father. They are united to Jesus’ offering of self-giving love on the cross. They have been made part of the perfect victim. All who take part in the Eucharist are victims along with Jesus.


WE OFFER THE


SACRIFICE ALONG WITH JESUS Rom 12: 1-2 Heb 13: 15-16


All the members of the Church are also united to Jesus as the perfect priest. Jesus offers himself to the Father. All of those who take part in the Eucharist offer along with Jesus the acceptable


sacrifice. They exercise their priesthood by offering to the Father the perfect victim.


SCRIPTURE FOR CHAPTER TWENTY 1 Corinthians 11, 23-26: Paul’s tradition of the Eucharist Footnotes:


11, 23-25: This is the earliest written account of the institution of the Lord’s Supper in the New Testament. The narrative emphasizes Jesus’ action of self-giving (expressed in the words over the bread and the cup) and his double command to repeat his own action.


11, 24: Do this…in remembrance of me…When the Church celebrates the Eucharist it obeys the Lord’s command. This remembrance is more than something we do with our minds. When we participate in the Eucharist the past saving actions become present in power within the community celebration. The Risen Christ is actively among his people.


11, 26: Proclaim the death of the Lord…The Eucharist is a celebration of our redemption. We receive the body and blood of the Lord which is given “for us.” We proclaim the Lord’s victory over sin and death. Indeed, we claim a share in that victory as we wait for it to be complete at his second coming in glory.


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