THE MASS - A MEMORIAL
Since Christ was going to
physically disappear, He left, sort of, a favorite photo, by which we can
remember Him. This was a Sacramental presence that represented the PRICE He
paid for our salvation.
Without faith in the passion,
there is no salvation. . .so the passion must always be recalled.
The Mass has a past aspect in
that it is a commemoration of the greatest act of love God has shown to man.
It has a present aspect in that it is meant to gather man in oneness
of heart and mind. And it has a future element in that it is also a Viaticum
for our journey to God.
St. Thomas Aquinas