Monday, June 26, 2006


On the night before He died, Our Blessed Lord instituted the "New Pasch." Jesus Himself is the Paschal Lamb Who is sacrificed "for us men and for our salvation." Just as the Old Covenant was a preparation for the New Covenant, Pope John Paul II taught us that the "Old Pasch" prefigures the “New Pasch.”

At the Last Supper, Our Divine Savior said to the Apostles: "I have greatly desired to eat THIS PASSOVER with you before I suffer" (Luke 22:15). "This Passover" refers to this new Passover that He was about to offer up to the Father. Jesus Christ establishes the New Covenant sealed in His Blood. The New Covenant is to replace by the Old Covenant. The Passover Banquet of the New Testament will take the place of the Passover Meal of the Old Testament. Jesus Christ Himself is the "Lamb without blemish." He is the "Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world." The “New Covenant” is the Church, the Holy, Roman, Catholic and Apostolic Church.

When Our Savior said: "This is my Body; this is my Blood," He offered, in an un-bloody manner, the same sacrifice that He would offer on the Cross of Calvary in a bloody manner. The "Old Pasch" memorialized the deliverance of the Israelites. The "New Pasch," the Eucharist, is the re-presentation of the Sacrifice of Calvary. Thus, the new Compendium of the Universal Catechism teaches: “The Sacrifice of the Cross and the Sacrifice of the Eucharist are one and the same Sacrifice”(#280).

Our Lord Jesus redeemed mankind from the bondage to Satan, the slavery to sin and the punishment of death, eternal death. The Roman Catholic Church, which is the Mystical Body of Christ, is the New Israel, the New People of God.

St. Thomas Aquinas says:"(The Eucharist) has the nature of a sacrifice inasmuch as it is offered up; It has the nature of a sacrament inasmuch as it is received." In offering Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, Our Lord is both Priest and Victim. The Compendium affirms this clearly: “The Priest and the Victim are the same; only the manner of offering is different: in a bloody manner on the Cross, in an un-bloody manner in the Eucharist”(# 280).

In the Blessed Sacrament, Jesus is our Paschal Banquet. "At this table of the new King,” Saint Thomas continues, “the New Law's New Pasch puts an end to the old Pasch. The new displaces the old, reality the shadow and light, the darkness. Christ willed that what he did at the supper was to be repeated in His memory."

The wonders of the Eucharistic mystery never cease. The more we explore the mystery, the more we marvel at the holy mysteries. Jesus Christ, hidden in the Eucharistic, is the Tremendous Lover of Man. Humbly, we repeat the words of the Centurion; "Lord! I am not worthy that thou should come under my roof. But only say the word and my soul shall be healed" (Matthew 8:8). God has become Man. The God/Man, Jesus Christ Our Lord, is our Paschal Banquet. Praised be Jesus Christ in the Most Blessed Sacrament of the Altar.

Father Richard J. Rego, S.T.L.


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