In The Eucharist
The Church is, as it were,
at the foot of the Cross
The Catechism of The Catholic Church (1370) tells us this absolutely marvellous Truth - this stupendous Truth. P1370. To the offering of Christ are united
This supremely wonderful paragraph of The Catechism begins thus:-
not only the members still here on earth,
but also those already in the glory of Heaven.
In communion with
the Blessed Virgin
and all the Saints,
The Church offers
the Eucharistic Sacrifice. P
Here we glimpse the eternal result of The Salvation of Christ, as mirrored in history. The offering of Christ continues throughout history in the Catholic Mass, and is the same offering.
Because the offering of Christ and the Holy Mass of The Church are precisely the same Sacrifice, we realise that Christ and His entry into creation - while they did indeed occur in time and space - are yet beyond time and space. We are obliged to recognise
that they are not only beyond
time and space
time and space
are drawn to The crucified Christ.
The Life and Death of the human being - Jesus Christ - took place in time and space some 2,000 years ago at Golgotha, but that historical incident
a permanent Icon in Heaven.
P 6 ¶ And I saw: and behold in the midst of the throne
and of the four living creatures
and in the midst of the ancients,
a Lamb standing,
as it were slain,
having seven horns and seven eyes: which are the seven Spirits of God, sent forth into all the earth. PThis is my body,
The Life and Death of Jesus Christ must occupy time and space but These must also transcend all time and space.
How was this made possible?
It is made possible by the specific instruction of Jesus Himself.
P 19 And taking bread, he gave thanks and brake and gave to them, saying:
which is given for you.
Do this for a commemoration of me.
In like manner, the chalice also, after he had supped, saying:
This is the chalice,
the new testament in my blood,
which shall be shed for you. P So in Heaven and on earth,
the Sacrament of The Life and Death of Jesus Christ,
is a permanent fixture.
I have to ask:- Can it be any other way? P 1367 The sacrifice of Christ
That is to say:- is The Salvation of Christ to be merely a past event of history in creation, that humanity merely recalls - hopefully - from time to time?
That is to say:- is The Salvation of Christ to be merely a long past memory within time and space and similarly dismissed in Eternity?
Of course, to consider this, is a nonsense and totally unacceptable.
Yet again we observe how well The Universal Church brings from Her treasures The Truth of things. Look again at The Catechism:-
and the sacrifice of the Eucharist
are one single sacrifice:
"The victim is one and the same: the same now offers through the ministry of priests, who then offered himself on the cross; only the manner of offering is different."
"In this divine sacrifice which is celebrated in the Mass, the same Christ who offered himself once in a bloody manner