I need some help answering a guy in another forum. Here is his post:
It's going to be hard to point this out no matter how humble i try and put this. It's not an attack on your Faith!
I went to catholic school for 10 years at our Lady of Refuge in LB. Calif. I served as an alter boy and never had any negative experiences during that time. I have a teacher that has been critical of certain traditions of the catholic church, but never condemed their Faith. I also now work with catholics every day in my walk with the Lord. So believe me i'm pointing this out for your well being, but once i do, you will be responsable to do something about it, this burden will fall on any catholic here that reads this.
What i want to highlight is when the priest is preparing the elements, he lifts the bread and says,"Lord we are not worthy to recieve you, only say the word, and we shall be healed." The entire congregation says this along with the priest.
This statement comes from Mt. 8:8
The work that Christ did on the cross is complete, finished. The priest and the congregation is in effect asking that Christ do something in addition to what he already did on the cross. This is i'm sure unintentional, but this is trampling on the blood of Christ. The one thing we as Christians never even want to come close to doing.
The problem isn't that our Church services aren't done perfectly. The problem is when God points out a unacceptable flaw, what do we do about it. And the fact that this has been done in the Catholic church since the beginning isn't an acceptable response. Any practicing Catholic that reads this is responsible to try and undo this wrong being done in the mass. I really don't think the priest is even aware he is doing this. But one thing for sure, every Sunday when you repeat this statement with your priest, you are accountable for it now.
He is stuck on the idea that this prayer is tantamount to Christ is being asked to do something in addition to the once and for all sacrifice made on Calvary for that healing. I cannot see to get through to him that he is wrong.
Suggestions? Thank you.