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the Father’s will. His whole life was lived in obedience to his Father. The cross was the final and complete sign of his loving obedience. Because of his obedience he was lifted up and given all power in heaven and on earth.


THE SACRIFICE OF THE EUCHARIST


The Eucharist is a true sacrifice. Jesus continues to


offer himself to the Father. The bloody sacrifice on Calvary was one and for all. Jesus cannot die again. But the sacrifice of Calvary never ends. It is the perfect expression of God’s love for us. The sacrifice of the Eucharist is an unbloody sacrifice. When we celebrate the Eucharist the sacrifice of Calvary is made present in an unbloody way. Jesus, through his priest and people, once again offers himself to the Father as the perfect victim for the forgiveness of sins.


OUR SACRIFICE OF OBEDIENCE Jn 12: 23-26 Rm 12: 1-2


We too become priest and victim at the Eucharist. We bring to the celebration our personal sacrifice to be joined to the Sacrifice of Jesus. At the


Eucharist we are asked to do God’s will and not our own. God invites us to become generous people. In order for us to do this each of us needs to change and let go of selfish desires. This death to our desires is the crucifixion in our lives.


OUR WILLING ACCEPTANCE Mt 19: 16-30 2 Cor 12: 6-10


We also recognize that there are some things in us that will not change. Each of us has at least some- thing that we would like to change or get rid of or


be healed of. Yet the Lord has not allowed this to happen. He asks us to bear this cross so that we can identify with his sacrifice. When we willingly accept our weakness and the limitation of our cross and bring it to the Eucharist we are joined to the suffering of Jesus. He can then work through our limitations and reach the hearts of others.


SCRIPTURE FOR CHAPTER TWENTY-FOUR Hebrews 10, 1-10: Jesus make us holy


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