St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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Liturgy of the Eucharist Part 24

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  After the consecration of the precious Blood of Jesus we make an acclamation to the mystery of faith. There are three responses one could make, two of which are from scripture in 1 Corinthians 11:26. The death and resurrection are at the core of the mystery of our faith. The shedding of the blood of Jesus does not stop there to find us desperate to find some meaning or value in our lives. As if we were lead off a cliff with no hope.

                Though at this point of the Mass we have not experienced the resurrection, we have hope that it will happen because He promised it. “We proclaim your death, O Lord, and profess your Resurrection until you come again.” The saving act is both death and resurrection. Without the resurrection there is no hope to rise with Him. Without the death, it God did not so love the world.

The second option states, “When we eat this bread and drink this cup, we proclaim your death, O lord, until you come again”. By the very eating and drinking of the body and blood of Jesus we proclaim His death. Our actions are stating something. We are not just saying somebody died. We say that the death of Jesus is the driving force that saves us. We lay claim to our divine inheritance. It was the blood of Jesus that bought us back from the devil. We were purchased at a very high price by God. We are not our own. We owe God our allegiance because we have been bought by God from slavery from sin. It is no longer selfishness, pride and sin that own us, but rather Love, Joy and Peace.

Is this how we live? How often do we bow down to the media god? How often do we burn incense to god of being liked or the “in crowd”? Do we try to appease the god of suffering so that we do not have to get near such a thing. Have we really put our faith in the power of the blood that was shed to “set us free”?

Author: stjosephstmary

We are two Catholic Churches close to downtown Freeport, IL. Our communities are over 150 years old and have been dedicated to our lord Jesus Christ since our inception. We believe in God the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was concieved by the Holy Spirit, born of ythe Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilot, was crucified, died and was buried; he descended into hell; on the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God the father almighty; from there he will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen.

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