The Cross is the End of Sacrifice – rejoice and be glad!

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“We are made, through Christ’s body and blood, God’s sanctuary, God’s holy temple, for the world.  Just as bread and wine is transformed by the Holy Spirit to be for us the body and blood  of Christ, our lives, our everyday sacrifices, are taken up into his oblation.  Through that transformation the sacrifices, so often forced upon us, can become life giving because they have an end.

Our sacrifices can be joined to Christ’s sacrifice not because the Lord’s sacrifice is insufficient, but because the sacrifice of the cross is complete, lacking nothing, sufficient for our salvation and the salvation of the world.  The Eucharist (or Communion, or Breaking of Bread) is the self-offering of Christ.  Time and time again we are given the good gift to participate in this, the Father’s sacrifice of the Son, that all might know that here sacrifice has come to an end, because the cross is the end of sacrifice.

So [next time you eat the bread and drink the wine] remember the painful sacrifice of the Son, a sacrifice in which we are made participants, and rejoice and be glad.”

Stanley Hauerwas, A Cross Shattered Church, 72

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