The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass: Where Catholics are treated to a supernatural preview of the Church’s Heavenly perfection in Jesus Christ

by Doug Lawrence

It’s been happening more and more, lately! I look up to the altar as the priest recites the words of consecration, and instead of seeing Father Al up there doing the work, I see Jesus Christ, instead.

I look at him. He looks at me. Our eyes meet. Then, I’m instantly transported in spirit, to the Lord’s Day … at the end of time … just as St. John describes it, in the Book of Revelation (See Revelation 1:10).

The church building and the sanctuary within it has literally become Heaven.

The congregation has expanded a bit … now consisting of every angel and saint who ever lived … or ever will live. Surveying its massive length and breadth, I can identify the Blessed Virgin, all of the patriarchs and apostles, the evangelists, the martyrs, the doctors, the mystics, choirs and choirs of angels, even some long-passed family, friends and neighbors. And of course … Jesus.

The Mass has become the Marriage Supper of the Lamb, where Jesus, the spotless victim, is both the divine host and the primary object of worship, receiving glory, praise and honor for his great, finished work of salvation, and where Jesus subsequently presents the Church … fully perfected by his grace … as his beautiful bride … to God the Father. (See Revelation 19:1)

The congregation … which had consisted of the usual assortment of sinful humanity … has now been completely and utterly transformed. Clothed in abject finery, now perfect in every respect … thanks to Jesus … our perfect, holy and spotless bride groom … whose saving grace has made all the difference … just as God always intended.

Then, I’m back!

The bottom line: Every time we attend Mass, we experience a little “slice” of Heaven, right here on Earth … a miraculous preview of wondrous and amazing things to come … thanks solely to the real presence of Jesus Christ … who cherishes us with a holy and inestimable love.

Don’t miss it, for the world!

Wikipedia thesis: Book of Revelation’s “Babylon” probably refers to Jerusalem.

Many Biblical scholars[46] and theologians point out that although Rome was the prevailing pagan power in the 1st century when the Book of Revelation was written, the symbolism of the whore of Babylon refers not to an invading infidel of foreign power, but to an apostate false queen, a former “bride” who has been unfaithful and who, even though she has been divorced and cast out because of unfaithfulness, continues to falsely claim to be the “queen” of the spiritual realm.[47][48][49] This symbolism did not fit the case of Rome at the time. Proponents of this view suggest that the “seven mountains” in Rev 17:9 are the seven hills on which Jerusalem stands and the “fall of Babylon” in Rev 18 is the fall and destruction of Jerusalem in 70 CE[50]

Several Old Testament prophets referred to Jerusalem as being a spiritual harlot and a mother of such harlotry (Isaiah 1:21; Jeremiah 2:20; Jeremiah 3:1-11; Ezekiel 16:1-43; Ezekiel 23, Galatians 4:25).Some of the these Old Testament prophecies as well as the warnings in the New Testament concerning Jerusalem are in fact very close to the text concerning Babylon in Revelation, suggesting that John may well have actually been citing those prophecies in his description of Babylon.[51]

For example, in Matthew 23:34-37 and Luke 11:47-51, Jesus himself assigned all of the bloodguilt for the killing of the prophets and of the saints (of all time) to the Pharisees of Jerusalem, and, in Revelation 17:6 and 18:20,24, almost identical phrasing is used in charging that very same bloodguilt to Babylon. This is also bolstered by Jesus’ statement that “it’s not possible for a prophet to be killed outside of Jerusalem.” (Luke 13:33).[52]

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Is the “Green Movement” a biblical sign of the end?

Revelation 9:1-12
(1)  And the fifth angel sounded the trumpet: and I saw a star fall from heaven upon the earth. And there was given to him the key of the bottomless pit.
(2)  And he opened the bottomless pit: and the smoke of the pit arose, as the smoke of a great furnace. And the sun and the air were darkened with the smoke of the pit.
(3)  And from the smoke of the pit there came out locusts upon the earth. And power was given to them, as the scorpions of the earth have power.

(4)  And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth nor any green thing nor any tree: but only the men who have not the sign of God on their foreheads.

(5)  And it was given unto them that they should not kill them: but that they should torment them five months. And their torment was as the torment of a scorpion when he striketh a man.
(6)  And in those days, men shall seek death and shall not find it. And they shall desire to die: and death shall fly from them.
(7)  And the shapes of the locusts were like unto horses prepared unto battle. And on their heads were, as it were, crowns like gold: and their faces were as the faces of men.
(8)  And they had hair as the hair of women: and their teeth were as lions.
(9)  And they had breastplates as breastplates of iron: and the noise of their wings was as the noise of chariots and many horses running to battle.
(10)  And they had tails like to scorpions: and there were stings in their tails. And their power was to hurt men, five months. And they had over them
(11)  A king, the angel of the bottomless pit (whose name in Hebrew is Abaddon and in Greek Apollyon, in Latin Exterminans).
(12)  One woe is past: and behold there come yet two woes more hereafter.

This Week’s Ask Alice: A Question About Divine Judgment, Cremation, the Resurrection of the Body, and the Real Presence, Plus Eucharistic Adoration.

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Paul asks: 1) Where do we go immediately after death? How can we be raised up if cremated? 2) How is consuming the holy Eucharist suppose to make us feel. I believe what the church says about the Eucharist being the body and blood of Christ, but my physical body tells me it is bread and wine. How do we make it the body and blood.

Alice answers: 1) The moment we die, we will appear before the Judgment Seat of Jesus Christ, where we will become aware of the entirety of our lives in terms of our sinfulness, obedience and acts of charity … and where … hopefully … we will have a final chance to repent and beg God for mercy.

2Corinthians 5:10  For we must all be manifested before the judgment seat of Christ, that every one may receive the proper things of the body, according as he hath done, whether it be good or evil.

A few holy souls will immediately enter Heaven, while the majority will first, necessarily experience Purgatory. Unrepentant souls who choose to refuse God’s mercy, will likely be spending a good deal of quality time (eternity) with Satan the devil, in Hell.

All dead bodies decompose and eventually turn to dust, and the same is true of bodies that are cremated, disintegrated, or otherwise totally destroyed. At the end of this present world age, on the Last Day, when Jesus comes again in glory, the earthly bodies of all those who ever lived will be supernaturally reconstituted and reunited with their respective souls.

1Co 15:52-53  In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet: for the trumpet shall sound and the dead shall rise again incorruptible. And we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption: and this mortal must put on immortality.

2) When the priest says the words of consecration at Mass, ordinary bread and wine is transformed (by the power of Holy Spirit) into the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ. Although we cannot see the change in substance, we believe in the miracle … termed “transubstantiation” … that is obtained through the power given to the Catholic Church and to the Catholic ministerial priesthood, by Jesus Christ, at the Last Supper.

Matthew 26:26-28  And whilst they were at supper, Jesus took bread and blessed and broke and gave to his disciples and said: Take ye and eat. This is my body. And taking the chalice, he gave thanks and gave to them, saying: Drink ye all of this.  For this is my blood of the new testament, which shall be shed for many unto remission of sins.

Receiving the Holy Eucharist can give us a sense of love and peace. Often, communicants feel peace, joy, a gentle warmth or even a powerful heat. Every time we receive Jesus in Holy Eucharist is different. Sometimes, people cry as their hearts are touched so deeply by Divine Love. A person may feel a special connection with God, and a certain unity with all of the other people who are receiving Communion … and also … with the angels and saints.

Whether you actually feel or perceive any of these things is not really pertinent or essential, since every time you partake of The Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar, you undoubtedly receive countless graces, along with the unfathomable affection of our Lord God, truly present in both your heart and your soul (a real, yet sacramental presence that is at once, both physical and spiritual) simply because God loves you … and because the ancient faith of the Catholic Church informs us that the body, blood, soul and divinity of Jesus Christ is really and truly present in the substance of the Holy Eucharist.

In Christ’s Love,

Alice

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Brian asks: What is the purpose and what are the benefits of Eucharistic adoration?

Alice Answers:

Eucharistic Adoration is a precious time to spend up close and personal with Jesus. Adoring the Blessed Sacrament is a beautiful way to console the heart of Jesus and make reparations for all of the indignities, blasphemies and atrocities committed by sinful humanity against our Savior.

Jesus loves when we spend time with Him during Eucharistic Adoration! Many churches are locked. Few Catholics come to visit our Lord today. Jesus is eager to listen as we quietly share all of our problems, concerns and joys with Him. He loves spending time with us and delights in our expressions of love for him.

We receive benefits of many graces and experience a feeling of peace after spending time with Jesus. When we sit quietly and let Jesus speak to our hearts, He comforts and consoles us. When we bring our questions and burdens to Him during Eucharistic Adoration, we find the answers we seek and feel our burdens lightened after placing all at Jesus’ feet.

You might find some useful inspiration in this beautiful and most powerful passage from the Book of Revelation:

Revelation 5:6-14  And I saw: and behold in the midst of the throne and of the four living creatures and in the midst of the ancients, a Lamb standing, as it were slain, having seven horns and seven eyes: which are the seven Spirits of God, sent forth into all the earth. And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat on the throne. And when he had opened the book, the four living creatures and the four and twenty ancients fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints. And they sung a new canticle, saying: Thou art worthy, O Lord, to take the book and to open the seals thereof: because thou wast slain and hast redeemed us to God, in thy blood, out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation: And hast made us to our God a kingdom and priests, and we shall reign on the earth. And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the living creatures and the ancients (and the number of them was thousands of thousands), Saying with a loud voice: The Lamb that was slain is worthy to receive power and divinity and wisdom and strength and honour and glory and benediction. And every creature which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, I heard all saying: To him that sitteth on the throne and to the Lamb, benediction and honour and glory and power, for ever and ever.  And the four living creatures said: Amen. And the four and twenty ancients fell down on their faces and adored him that liveth for ever and ever.

In Christ’s Love,

Alice

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Writer provides useful insights into the mysterious Book of Revelation


Because of Israel’s rejection of the King of kings, the blessings they had received would turn into curses. Jerusalem had been “swept clean” by Christ’s ministry; now it would become “a dwelling place of demons and a prison of every unclean spirit, and a prison of every unclean and hateful bird” (Revelation 18:2). The entire generation became increasingly demon-possessed; their progressive national insanity is apparent as one reads through the New Testament, and its horrifying final stages are depicted in the pages of Josephus’ The Jewish War: the loss of all ability to reason, the frenzied mobs attacking one another, the deluded multitudes following after the most transparently false prophets, the crazed and desperate chase after food, the mass murders, executions, and suicides, the fathers slaughtering their own families and the mothers eating their own children. Satan and the host of hell simply swarmed throughout the land of Israel and consumed the apostates.

The vegetation of the earth is specifically exempted from the destruction caused by the “locusts.” This is a curse on disobedient men. Only the Christians are immune to the scorpion-like sting of the demons (cf. Mark 6:7; Luke 10:17-19; Acts 26:18); the unbaptized Israelites, who do not have “the seal of God on their foreheads” (cf. Revelation 7:3-8), are attacked and tormented by the demonic powers. And the immediate purpose God has in unleashing this curse is not death, but merely torment, as the nation of Israel is put through a series of demoniac convulsions. St. John repeats what he has told us in Revelation 6:16, that “in those days men will seek death and will not find it; and they will long to die and death shall flee from them.” Jesus had specifically prophesied this longing for death among the final generation, the generation of Jews which crucified Him (Luke 23:27-30). As God had said long before: “He who sins against Me wrongs his own soul; all those who hate Me love death” (Proverbs 8:36).

The frightening description of the demon-locusts in Revelation 9:7-11 bears many similarities to the invading heathen armies mentioned in the prophets (Jeremiah 51:27; Joel 1:6; 2:4-10; cf. Leviticus 17:7 and 2 Chronicles 11:15, where the Hebrew word for demon is hairy one). This passage may also refer, in part, to the Satanic gangs of murderous Zealots that preyed on the citizens of Jerusalem, ransacking houses and committing murder and rape indiscriminately. Characteristically, these perverts dressed up as harlots in order to seduce unsuspecting men to their deaths.

One particularly interesting point about the description of the demon army is St. John’s statement that “the sound of their wings was like the sound of chariots, of many horses rushing to battle.” That is the same sound made by the wings of the angels in the Glory-Cloud (Ezekiel 1:24; 3:13; 2 Kings 7:5-7); the difference here is that the noise is made by fallen angels,

St. John goes on to identify the king of the demons, the “angel of the Abyss,” giving his name in both Hebrew (Abaddon) and Greek (Apollyon) — one of many indications of the essentially Hebraic character of the Revelation. The words mean Destruction and Destroyer; “Abaddon” is used in the Old Testament for the realm of the dead, the “place of destruction” (Job 26:6; 28:22; 31:12; Psalm 88:11; Proverbs 15:11; 27:20). St. John thus presents Satan as the very personification of death itself (cf. 1 Corinthians 10:10; Hebrews 2:14).

Clearly, for Satan’s entire host of destroyers to be let loose upon the Jewish nation was a hell on earth indeed. And yet St. John tells us that this outbreak of demons in the land is only “the first Woe.” Even greater horrors lie ahead.

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The Book of Revelation lists a number of divine “rewards” that will be bestowed on those who manage to overcome the world, the flesh, and the devil, by voluntarily cooperating with God’s grace.


Eternal life

Revelation 2:11  He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith to the churches: He that shall overcome shall not be hurt by the second death.

Ruling and Reigning

Revelation 2:26  And he that shall overcome and keep my words unto the end, I will give him power over the nations.

Divine Honor and Recognition

Revelation 3:5  He that shall overcome shall thus be clothed in white garments: and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life. And I will confess his name before my Father and before his angels.

Holiness – Being Set Apart by God for His Express Purpose

Revelation 3:12  He that shall overcome, I will make him a pillar in the temple of my God: and he shall go out no more. And I will write upon him the name of my God and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God, and my new name.

Theosis – Becoming like God

Revelation 3:21  To him that shall overcome, I will give to sit with me in my throne: as I also have overcome and am set down with my Father in his throne.

Relationship – As God’s Tried and True, Sons and Daughters

Revelation 21:7  He that shall overcome shall possess these things. And I will be his God: and he shall be my son.

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Theologian explains: Various world-wide tribulations (including our own) were foretold long, long ago

The Pale Horse of Revelation

As Catholics, we have firsthand knowledge of these divine workings. In the Fatima revelations, for example, both World War I and World War II are predicted and fulfilled. The vision to the three child seers revealed precisely when the wars would start and when they would stop, and each war was said to be the result of the wickedness of mankind. Each war could be curtailed if the world’s enemy would be put at bay, which was to be accomplished through the consecration of a
specific nation, Russia, a direct request from heaven by Our Lady. The consecration would bring about the conversion of this enemy and the world would be converted to Christ.

In the case of the Fatima revelations, we see a clear example of the workings of both the “white” and the “red” horse. The white horse comes and gives his message of salvation and judgment. Depending on the response to the white horse, the One on the Throne determines the next course of action and reveals it to the Living Beings, and they, in turn, release the next horseman to do his job. The Fatima revelation shows us that war is never accidental or incidental. If heaven has determined that war will serve as a judgment against men, no amount of politics and deal-making will ever stop it from coming if men remain in their sin. These are direct responses from heaven, showing us that God is intimately involved with our lives on earth.

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