Monday, May 11, 2009

Poll-Release Monday #66

After a long, exorbitant hiatus, here is your new poll-question:
  • True or False? The Eucharist is also called Holy Mass because it concludes with the sending forth of the faithful to fulfill God's will in their lives.

What do you think? Vote in the poll in the sidebar.

As for the previous poll, here are the results:
  • True or False?: In the Eucharist we raise ourselves above concern with the material order of creation in order to maintain a spiritual union with the Father.
    • True: 25 (57%)
    • False: 19 (43%)

The correct answer is:
  • False, cf. CCC no. 1359: The Eucharist, the sacrament of our salvation accomplished by Christ on the cross, is also a sacrifice of praise in thanksgiving for the work of creation. In the Eucharistic sacrifice the whole of creation loved by God is presented to the Father through the death and the Resurrection of Christ. Through Christ the Church can offer the sacrifice of praise in thanksgiving for all that God has made good, beautiful, and just in creation and in humanity.

The paragraph from the Catechism that is cited here doesn't really seem to answer the question, in my opinion. I too would have said, "False" ... but for a different reason.

Instead of "rising above concern for the material order," the Eucharist is actually what strengthens us and spurs us on to go out and feed the poor, clothe the naked ... in other words, to do those charitable works that provide for the material needs of others. The Eucharist is a call to address the "material order," to bring about justice within it, not to "rise above it" or neglect it.

Does that make sense? Let me know.

Pax Christi,

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