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Mary Freeman wrote:

Hi, guys —

  • Why does the Catholic Church offer Jesus as an unbloody sacrifice through His Last Supper (bread and wine)?
  • Isn't His blood sacrifice enough for the forgiveness of all sin?

Mary

  { Why does the Catholic Church offer Jesus as an unbloody sacrifice through His Last Supper? }

Mary Ann replied:

Hi, Mary —

Yes, it is enough. the Mass makes present the one sacrifice of Christ so that we can share in it.

Christ is present in His risen state, in His self-offering to the Father, in the human nature through which He made the offering.

Mary Ann

Mike replied:

Hi, Mary —

Thanks for the question.

Yes, it is enough but we have to keep in mind Who Jesus is! He is not a human person; he is a Divine Person, with both a human and divine nature. Because Our Lord is a Divine Person He,
by nature, is outside of time; He is God-Incarnate. So when He died on the Cross, for us and our sins, it not only happened in 33 A.D. but His saving Death was perpetuated throughout history.

When we attend Mass, we enter into that one Sacrifice of Calvary and allow the graces of
Our Lord's Death to fall on us and sustain us in our earthly pilgrimage.

This is what the Catechism says on the issue.

1367 The sacrifice of Christ 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." "And since in this divine sacrifice which is celebrated in the Mass, the same Christ who offered himself once in a bloody manner on the altar of the Cross, is contained and is offered in an unbloody manner. . . this sacrifice is truly propitiatory."

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Hope this helps,

Mike

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