One of the main meanings of the mass is that it is a proclamation of the death of Jesus. We celebrate the mass in memory of God’s self-sacrifice on the cross for our sake: the words Jesus used when instituting the mass at the last supper imply his sacrificial death, with the pouring out of his blood for his followers and the giving of his body.
This is one of the most central teachings of Christianity: that Jesus, God the Son, gave his life for his people — that is, for anyone and everyone who puts their trust in him. This blood sacrifice, the giving of his body, is evoked physically in the eating of the bread which he declares to be his body and the drinking of the wine which he declares to be his blood.
So one of the things we do when we celebrate the mass is to remember and celebrate — like we do on Good Friday — Jesus dying on the cross for us. Have you put your trust in him? Do you put your trust in him? Come and celebrate his saving death with us.
Fr Mike Healey (priest-in-charge)