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Pope Francis: general audience on the presentation of the gifts at Mass (full text)

March 01, 2018

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  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Mar. 02, 2018 6:23 AM ET USA

    There is one more thing that mildly disturbs me about the Pope's address: "Of course, our offering is small, but Christ needs this little that we give." Christ, as God, _needs_ nothing from us. Worship, praise, thanksgiving, sacrifice, petition, spiritual sustenance, blessings, all the goods that we offer to God and receive from God are for our benefit, our want, not for any type of privation in the nature of the Godhead.

  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Mar. 01, 2018 5:43 PM ET USA

    It seems to me that the Pope goes a bit too far in his address by 3 times referring to the altar as Christ Himself. One time might be interpreted as figurative, but 3 times strikes me as a general equivalence. CCC n. 1383 refers to the altar as a symbol, an image, a representation of Christ, citing St. Ambrose who calls the altar "a type of the body of Christ" (De Sacramentis, 4,2,7; 5,2,7). A symbol, an image, and a type are all representations of Christ; but they are not Christ Himself.