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Biblical Story of the Mass

In 15 Audio on 2015/11/20 at 12:00 AM

Host – Tom Nash, Fr. Wade Menezes

Prefigured in the Old Testament and fulfilled in the New, the biblical story of the Mass spans the breadth of Scripture and beyond. What Jesus began on Calvary culminated in everlasting glory in the heavenly sanctuary, and is made present on earth every time Catholics celebrate and partake of our Eucharistic Lord in the Sacrifice of the Mass. Join Father Wade Menezes and EWTN Theology Advisor Tom Nash as they explore “The Biblical Story of the Mass.”

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On Earth as It Is in Heaven: Rediscovering the Biblical Story of the Mass 

Host – Tom Nash, Fr. Wade Menezes


The biblical story of the Mass didn’t begin at the Last Supper and Good Friday, nor did it end there. Sacrifices from Abel and Abraham to Melchizedek and Moses set the stage for Jesus Christ, “the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.” The Mass sacramentally re-presents or makes present again Christ’s one Sacrifice of Calvary, which began on the Cross and culminated in everlasting glory in the heavenly sanctuary.


In God We Trust? Paradise Lost 

Host – Tom Nash, Fr. Wade Menezes


It might be a surprise to hear, but the biblical story of the Mass actually begins in the Garden of Eden. See what happened when Adam and Eve failed to trust God, and how the tree of life prefigures the Eucharist.


Worthy is the Lamb? 

Host – Tom Nash, Fr. Wade Menezes


Lambs are known to be vulnerable and in need of being saved, so how did they become the prime image of the Savior? Learn why God chose the docile, “little lamb” as the sacrificial paradigm of discipleship.


What’s Your Name? Who’s Your Daddy? The Priesthood of Melchizedek 

Host – Tom Nash, Fr. Wade Menezes


Who was Melchizedek and what was the nature of his priesthood? And how did he become the priestly model for Jesus instead of the Levites, who served in the Temple of ancient Israel?


Like Fathers, Like Sons: Abraham and Isaac Receive God’s Saving Word 

Host – Tom Nash, Fr. Wade Menezes


God doesn’t ask more of us than he asks of himself. Learn how Abraham’s offering of his only son Isaac prefigures the Sacrifice of the Son of God, whom our heavenly Father sent to save the world.


Thanks for the “Memories”: Passover, Yom Kippur and the Sacrifice of the Mass 

Host – Tom Nash, Fr. Wade Menezes


For the ancient Israelites, liturgical “remembrance” was never a mere recollection. See how “yesterday impacts today” in the Old Covenant through God’s blessing, and how Jesus does so much more profoundly in the New Covenant Mass.


God Draws Near to His People: Ancient Israel as Liturgical Training Ground 

Host – Tom Nash, Fr. Wade Menezes


Offering sacrifices is for our benefit, not God’s, reminding us of our need for Him. Various Old Testament sacrifices prefigured Jesus’ one Sacrifice of Calvary, including the ritual that sealed the Old Covenant and the twice-daily Tamid lamb sacrifices. But none, as we will see, was sufficient in atoning for man’s sins.


On This Bread Alone, Man Shall Live Forever 

Host – Tom Nash, Fr. Wade Menezes


When a priest pronounces the words of consecration, what looks like bread is no longer. Throughout salvation history, God miraculously fed multitudes or individuals on various occasions. But all of these miracles are but pale precursors to the Eucharist, the true “bread from heaven,” which provides life eternal for all who partake of it faithfully.


Jesus Transforms the Passover: Instituting the Eucharist as the New Covenant Communion Sacrifice 

Host – Tom Nash, Fr. Wade Menezes


The Passover lamb is conspicuous by its absence in the Last Supper accounts of the Gospels. Jesus mysteriously offers his body and blood under the appearances of bread and wine, establishing the New Covenant Passover in the process.


Making Heaven a Place on Earth: Jesus as a Priest Forever According to the Order of Melchizedek 

Host – Tom Nash, Fr. Wade Menezes


As the Letter to the Hebrews makes so clear, Jesus ascends to the heavenly sanctuary to culminate his Sacrifice of Calvary in everlasting glory. And, because Jesus is a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek, heaven and earth become one in the holy Sacrifice of the Mass. Paradise is as close as your local parish church!


Symbolic Supper or Sacrifice of Calvary Made Present Again? 

Host – Tom Nash, Fr. Wade Menezes


When St. Paul mentions the “Lord’s Supper,” most Protestant Christians view the ritual as simply a symbolic meal, which recalls Christ’s redemptive work that they believe began and ended on the Cross. Is this doctrinal perspective supported by biblical and other historical evidence? Tune in to find out.


Challenging Questions About the Mass and Eucharist 

Host – Tom Nash, Fr. Wade Menezes


How can Jesus’ limited human body be both present in heaven and on earth, as well as in many places on earth, through the miracle of the Eucharist? On a related note, if Jesus is really present in the Eucharist, why do the consecrated bread and wine still look and taste like ordinary bread and wine? Tom and Father Wade will address these and other challenging questions in this episode.


“Proclaiming the Lord’s Death Until He Comes Again”: The Mass in the Early Church and Beyond 

Host – Tom Nash, Fr. Wade Menezes


Following Jesus’ Resurrection, St. Paul and other scriptural writers affirm the biblical basis of the Mass and Eucharist, as do early Church writers like St. Ignatius of Antioch. We’ll consider these sources, as well as the remarkable story of Julian the Apostate and his divinely thwarted attempt to rebuild the Temple in Jerusalem.

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Following Jesus is Learning to Go Out of Ourselves

In Uncategorized on 2013/03/29 at 12:00 AM

We began this week—the heart of the entire liturgical year—during which we accompany Jesus in his Passion, Death, and Resurrection, with Palm Sunday.

“But what,” the Pope asked, “does it mean for us to live Holy Week? What does it mean to follow Jesus on his journey to Calvary, toward the Cross and his Resurrection? On his earthly mission, Jesus walked the streets of the Holy Land. He called 12 simple persons to stay with him, sharing his path and continuing his mission … He spoke to everyone, without distinction: to the great and the humble … the powerful and the weak. He brought God’s mercy and forgiveness. He healed, consoled, understood. He gave hope. He brought to all the presence of God who cares for every man and woman as a good father and a good mother cares for each of their children.”

“God,” Francis emphasized, “didn’t wait for us to come to him. It was He who came to us. … Jesus lived the everyday reality of the most common persons. … He cried when he saw Martha and Mary suffering for the death of their brother Lazarus … He also experienced the betrayal of a friend. In Christ, God has given us the assurance that He is with us, in our midst. … Jesus has no home because his home is the people, us ourselves. His mission is to open the doors to God for all, to be the presence of God’s love.”

“During Holy Week we are living the apex … of this plan of love that runs throughout the history of the relationship between God and humanity. Jesus enters into Jerusalem to take the final step in which his entire existence is summed up. He gives himself completely, keeping nothing for himself, not even his life. At the Last Supper, with his friends, He shares the bread and distributes the chalice ‘for us’. The Son of God offers himself to us; puts his Body and his Blood in our hands to be always with us … And in the Garden of the Mount of Olives, as at the trial before Pilate, he makes no resistance, but gives himself.”

“Jesus doesn’t live this love that leads to sacrifice passively or as his fatal destiny. He certainly didn’t hide his deep human turmoil when faced with violent death, but he entrusted himself to the Father with full confidence … to show his love for us. Each one of us can say, ‘Jesus loved me and gave himself up for me’.”

“What does this mean for us? It means that this path is also mine, also yours, also our path. Living Holy Week, following Jesus not only with moved hearts, means learning to come out of ourselves … in order to meet others, in order to go toward the edges of our existence, to take the first steps towards our brothers and sisters, especially those who are farthest from us, those who are forgotten, those who need understanding, consolation, and assistance.”

“Living Holy Week is always going deeper into God’s logic, into the logic of the Cross, which is not first and foremost a logic of sorrow and death but one of love and the self giving that brings life. It is entering into the logic of the Gospel. Following, accompanying Christ, staying with him when he demands that we ‘go out’: out of ourselves, out of a tired and habitual way of living the faith, out of the temptation of locking ourselves in our own schemes that wind up closing the horizon of God’s creative action. God went out of himself in order to come amongst us … to bring us the mercy … that saves and gives hope. And we, if we want to follow and remain with him, cannot be satisfied with staying in the sheep pen with the ninety-nine sheep. We have to ‘go out’, to search for the little lost sheep, the furthest one, with him.”

“Often,” he observed, “we settle for some prayers, a distracted and infrequent Sunday Mass, some act of charity, but we don’t have this courage to ‘go out’ and bring Christ. We are a little like St. Peter. As soon as Jesus talks of his passion, death, and resurrection, of giving himself and love for all, the Apostle takes him aside and scolds him. What Jesus is saying shakes up his plans, seems unacceptable, the safe certainty he had constructed, his idea of the Messiah, in difficulty. And Jesus … addressing some of the harshest words of the Gospel to Peter, says: ‘Get behind me, Satan. You are thinking not as God does, but as human beings do.’ God thinks mercifully. God thinks like a father who awaits the return of his son and goes out to meet him, sees him coming when he is still afar … a sign that he was awaiting him every day from the terrace of his house. God thinks like the Samaritan who doesn’t pass by the unfortunate man, pitying him or looking away, but rather assisting him without asking anything in return, without asking if he was a Jew or a Samaritan, rich or poor.”

“Holy Week,” Francis concluded, “is a time of grace that the Lord gives us to open the doors of our hearts, of our lives, of our parishes—so many closed parishes are a shame—of our movements and associations, to ‘go out’ and meet others, to draw near them and bring them the light and joy of our faith. To always go out with the love and tenderness of God!”

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Good Friday

In 05 Homilies by Fr. Reid on 2013/03/29 at 12:00 AM
  • The Passion Narrative that we just read brings us face to face with the darkest elements of humanity. Through this story we are shown the horrible power of our sins.
  • Indeed, my brothers and sisters, we must never get comfortable with our Lord’s Passion, nor must we allow ourselves to take our Lord’s suffering and death for granted.
  • Isaiah the prophet reminds us that: “it was our infirmities that He bore, our sufferings that He endured.” As we console ourselves with the fact that Jesus lovingly suffered for us, we must remember that He also suffered because of us, and Christ’s wounds reflect the sickness of our sinfulness.
  • In looking upon the marred, beaten, broken, and crucified body of Jesus, we see the effects of our sins – not simply upon the One who has taken our sins upon Himself, but we see as well in His wounds a symbol of the devastation sin wreaks in our souls.
  • Sin is a destroyer. It maims, it wounds, and it robs us of the beauty we possess as children made in the image and likeness of God. Sin is a sickness that can kill us.
  • Yet despite the pain we rightly experience today in looking upon our Savior whom we have crucified by our sins, we call this Friday “good,” for it is through our Lord’s suffering and death that we are given the opportunity to share in His eternal glory.
  • Copyright 2011 by Reverend Timothy S. ReidReverend Reid is pastor of St. Ann’s Catholic  Church in Charlotte, NCBy faith we know that the misery of human sin is only part of today’s story, for our Lord’s Passion also shows us the power of suffering borne with love.
  • In his letter to the Romans (6:8), St. Paul wrote: “If we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Christ.” It is this fundamental Christian belief that we hold fast to, especially on this day in which we memorialize our Lord’s death on the cross.
  • But as St. Paul tells us, to live with Christ, we must die with Christ, which means we must share our Lord’s willingness to suffer.
  • You see, my brothers and sisters, there is no such thing as a comfortable Christianity. By its very nature, Christian discipleship is painful and even death-like precisely because it requires imitating Him who suffered and died for us. It requires the cross.
  • While we may not suffer and die as did Jesus, a Christian’s willingness to suffer and die must be whole-hearted and open to whatever it is that God wills for us.
  • For most of us our sufferings will consist mainly of the normal everyday sufferings that come from embracing the demands of our vocations. They will come from the sins committed through our own stupidity and self-centeredness, as well that of others.
  • For most of us our willingness to die will be expressed by the taking on of voluntary penances and sacrifices so as to die to self. Not all Saints are called to be martyrs.
  • Ultimately, our willingness to suffer and die in union with Christ on the cross must be firmly rooted in a desire to follow God’s will no matter what the cost. Even more so, our willingness to suffer and die in union with Christ must be firmly rooted in LOVE.
  • Our Lord’s death on the cross shows us the power of suffering offered in love: namely, it reverses the effects of sin. Again in his letter to the Romans (6:23), St. Paul teaches us that the wages of sin is death, but Christ’s suffering and death bring us life!
  • And when, out of love, we are willing suffer and die in union with Christ – even in the smallest of ways – we reverse the effects of sin in our lives: we break free from the slavery sin causes, the virtues begin to grow, and we make reparation for our sins.

•Ultimately, we participate in our own redemption, as well as the redemption of all mankind. It is for this reason that we venerate and kiss the cross today. It is for this reason that today is a very good Friday indeed. By God’s grace, may we all suffer well.

New Order

In 06 Scripture & Theology on 2011/04/23 at 3:41 PM

Something new happened at Calvary.  The sufferings of the pure and sinless son of God transformed sinful man by love.  God himself was the point where reconciliation took place in the person of his Son who atoned for the sins of mankind.

A new order began with the Crucifixion.  Man’s disconnect was rectified; the relationship between God and man, which sin had severed, was now restored.  St. Paul explains to the Gentiles: “We beg you on behalf of Christ to be reconciled to God” (2 Cor 5:19-20).

What makes man unique is his God-given gift of free will.  God wills all men to be saved, but he respects man’s free will and his free will choice.