INTRODUCTION (The Fourth Cup & Lamb of God)
Thank you for taking time to listen to this presentation. I’d like to begin by offering a word of prayer. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Dear Lord, our God, we thank You for this wonderful opportunity to share this message. We ask You, Lord, to open our ears to hear Your word, and our minds to understand their meanings. We also ask You, Lord, to put within us a burning desire to study and learn the Bible, and to increase our time spent, and to take what we learn and implement it into our daily lives. We ask these things in Jesus’ holy and precious name. Amen. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. I would like to start by asking you two questions. One: Can you can give an accurate definition of the phrase: “Lamb of God”? We all know that this is one of the names used for Jesus, like Messiah, Savior, Son of Man, or Christ. But exactly what is the importance of the name “Lamb of God”? And why is it important to me as a Catholic? The second question I would like to ask you is: Why the Catholic Church would offer The Holy Eucharist every day at every Mass throughout the world in over 3000 languages. What knowledge do they have that would make them feel compelled to do this for thousands of years? In answering this question, we’ll see why the Catechism of the Catholic Church states that “The Eucharist is ‘the source and summit of the Christian life.’” (CC 1324) Today I hope to answer these two questions. And if you have not already done so, please print the link labeled “handout” on your screen. It’s in PDF form. You’ll need this handout as a reference as this presentation continues.
Before we get started today I want to go over the handout with you. But don't let it intimidate you; we are going to go through this really quickly. We’re going to cover everything in here, but it’s going to be fast. This handout was prepared for you so that you wouldn’t have to flip through your Bible in search of Bible verses as I’m speaking to you. I actually went online and copied and pasted relevant Bible verses from the New American Bible. These verses are taken from the same Bible that the Catholic Church reads out of every Sunday at Mass. I’m telling you this because it's very important for you to realize the source that we're going to quote from. Now there’s a small section in the handout that is written on the Jewish Passover meal; I didn’t copy that from the Bible. I put these notes together from speaking with a Jewish individual, from looking at sources on the Internet, and even attending a Passover meal. Everything else here is copied exactly from the Bible. So, if somebody asks you, “What source is this from?”, you can answer, “The New American Bible; the Bible that the Catholic Church reads from every Sunday all across America.”
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