Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Malachi, the Mass, and 38 seconds of 'monumental' Mayhem!

Check out this month's Gospel e-Letter from Dr. Joe Mizzi (JustForCatholics), which discusses Malachi 1:11 and the Roman Catholic sacrifice of the Mass. Here is a segment:
Some Catholic apologists claim that the prophecy in Malachi 1:11 is fulfilled in the Roman Catholic sacrifice of the Mass. A footnote in the New American Bible says that this verse is a reference to ‘the pure offering to be sacrificed in messianic times, the universal Sacrifice of the Mass, as we are told by the Council of Trent.’

The scripture reads:
My name will be great among the nations, from the rising to the setting of the sun. In every place incense and pure offerings will be brought to my name, because my name will be great among the nations, says the LORD Almighty. (NIV)

A Catholic translation of the same verse reads:

For from the rising of the sun, even to its setting, my name is great among the nations; And everywhere they bring sacrifice to my name, and a pure offering; For great is my name among the nations, says the LORD of hosts. (NAB)
The Jews and their priests despised and profaned God’s name by offering blemished animals while keeping the best animals to themselves. God was dishonoured by their half-hearted service and their hypocrisy. God foretold a time when he would call the Gentiles to worship him. He will be glorified among the nations, ‘from the rising of the sun to its setting’, from the east to the west. His people will not be restricted to a single nation, but he will have worshippers ‘in every place’, implying the catholicity or universality of the church.

The incense offered to God is our prayers, as the Psalmist says, ‘May my prayer be set before you like incense’, and again, the Book of Revelations identifies the incense offered before God as ‘the prayers of all the saints.’ (Psalm 141:2, Rev 8:3).

Moreover, the New Testament explains how the church offers a ‘pure offering’ to God. ‘Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that confess his name. And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased’ (Hebrews 13:15, 16). Our prayers and good works are an offering to God.

Click here for the rest of this article, including a discussion on the Mass.

Also, after finding this video (below) on Dr Joe's blog, I could not help but share. The Scripture he shares (Jer 10:5, Isa 41:7, Ps 115:3-8) further drive home the clear error with this practice of statue 'adoration/admiration/worship/idolatry/etc'.

I love to see the Lord triumph over His enemies! This video reminds me of Elijah on Mount Carmel when the LORD humiliated the false prophets of the so-called gods of Baal (1 Kings 18:16-40). Looking forward to the day when Christ will return in majestic splendor and power (2 Thes 1:7-10), and very thankful He saved me in His mercy (Titus 3:5).

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