The Greatest Miracle
The greatest Miracle in the World is the Catholic Mass. Let us explain how we came to that conclusion.
Discussion of why the Mass is the Greatest Miracle
The imperfect Sacrifices offered under the Old Law were prefigurements of the One Perfect Sacrifice of Jesus Christ in the ongoing Sacrifice of the Cross - the Sacrifice of the Mass.
Why do we speak of the Old Law?
Our Faith goes back to before the beginning of time.
In order to understand Jesus’ Sacrifice, in order to fully understand His ongoing love for us through the Sacrifice of the Mass, we must know what God’s plan has been for us from the very beginning. So many people have a false, sometimes childish concept of God the Father. I know, I did. I would always say: "I love Jesus because He came to heal, to forgive; He died for us. God the Father is always punishing. He seems so angry."
That was before we came back to Jesus and His Church, and I started to study about God the Father.
In the "Catechism of the Catholic Church", our Pope and his Bishops have stated that "the basic lines of the order of the Eucharistic celebration have stayed the same since the Second Century till the present time".
As far back as 155 AD, Saint Justin wrote to the Emperor Antonius explaining what Christians did during the Holy Mass.2 We never lose the awe and wonder, every time we return to the Vatican and stand in front of St. Peter’s Basilica.
We are 2000 years old, 2000 years of unbroken succession, unbroken promise. The Lord promised us, He would not allow hell to prevail against His Church. And we are still here. And we will be here when He returns!
The Greatest Miracle - What is the Mass called?
The Mass is called a celebration, and it is. But if we lose touch with the reason it is a celebration, we have lost the point, we may have lost the Lord.
The Mass is a celebration because of the Sacrifice of the Cross, just as there would not be the Resurrection without the Crucifixion. Without Good Friday, we would have no reason to celebrate Easter. The celebration is the Resurrection
of the Mass while the Crucifixion is the Sacrifice of the Mass. Sure,
The Mass the greatest Miracle is the ongoing Sacrifice on the Cross
we are called to be an Easter people. But we must remember why, and at what cost to Our Lord.
And that’s why it is said that more touches the Heart of God toward our salvation through one Holy Mass, reverently celebrated, than is accomplished through all the acts of mercy put together.
What do we celebrate? The Mass, the ongoing Sacrifice of the Cross.
The Mass - the Greatest Miracle is also called the Lord’s Supper.
It is the reenactment of that night when the Apostles thought their hearts would break, as the Lord told them that He was to die. Not thinking of Himself and the price He was about to pay, nor the pain His Mother would have to endure, seeing her Beloved Son suffer the Crucifixion, the Lord left us His Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity. He thought of us. He left us not only the Eucharist, He left us the means
through which we could receive Him. He taught His Apostles right up to the very end. First, He gave them the example of washing their feet that they might understand the direction their lives were to take, and then He commissioned them to feed His lambs with the Food of Life, the Eucharist. He left us the Mass.
The Sacrament of the Eucharist is sometimes called the breaking of the Bread.3
Our Lord presided at table that Last Supper which some consider the greatest miracle also, the Seder of the Jewish people that commemorates the Jews flight from slavery. At this Last Supper, the Mass, once again Jesus presides at table, and once again God’s people have reason to celebrate the breaking of bread, the total flight from the slavery of sin. The breaking of bread is a way for us to recognize Our Lord with us, just as at Emmaus when the disciples recognized Jesus in the breaking of the bread. It is by this eating of the one Bread that we are in communion with Him and become one body in Christ. "Because there is one bread, we who are many are one body, for we all partake of the one bread."4
The Sacrament of the Eucharist is known as an action of thanksgiving to God.5
Eucharist means thanksgiving in Greek. It is fitting that we give thanks during the Mass and recognize it as a time of thanksgiving. The Incarnate Word became man and through His death and Resurrection, we were redeemed of our
sins. "It is right to give Him thanks and praise", we proclaim at Mass. We praise and offer thanks to Our Lord for the living Word that comes to us during the Mass; because through His Word, we begin to know Our Lord and His plan for us, better. We should thank Our Lord during the Mass for the grace to belong to the family of Christ and have the privilege to receive the Eucharist, Our Lord in His Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity. Yes, the Mass is a time to give thanks to the Father for all He has done for us, especially the gift of our redemption through His Beloved Son.
The Mass - the Greatest Miracle is the
memorial of the Lord’s Passion and Resurrection.
The Sacrifice of the Mass is the ongoing Sacrifice of the Cross. At Mass, we are called to remember the price He paid for us at the Sacrifice of the Cross. If we take this time to recall His pain, His rejection, His Passion, His Love, His unconditional obedience to the Father, it will give us the strength to follow Him, if need be, to our Way of the Cross to Crucifixion and Resurrection.
The Mass, the greatest Miracle is known as
The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass because on this Altar, the final sacrifice, that of the spotless Lamb, Our Lord Jesus Christ, is made present on this Altar of Sacrifice. This "sacrifice of praise, spiritual sacrifice, pure and holy sacrifice"6 is used to describe the Sacrifice of the Mass because this Sacrifice "surpasses and completes all the sacrifices of the Old Covenant."7
When we receive Holy Communion, with this Sacrament of the Eucharist, we will be united with Jesus Christ, Who through this unity with His Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity forms us into one body. We will be in communion with the Saints who
are partaking of the
bread of Angels, the bread from Heaven, the medicine of immortality,8 viaticum."9
The Holy Mass
is so called because it calls us to holiness, to go forth because of the metanoia10 that has taken place, to go forth and complete God’s plan for us in our daily lives, to be one in Him through obedience to His Church. The Mass is called Holy because the Holy One Who comes to life, dies (sacramentally) and is resurrected during this ongoing Sacrifice of the Cross and Resurrection.
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2Catechism of the Catholic Church - p. 339, Sec. 134518
3 Catechism of the Catholic Church
41Cor 10:17 19The Liturgy of the Word
5Catechism of the Catholic Church - p.335 (1328)
6Catechism of the Catholic Church
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