Christians don't reject the sacrificial cult of the Old Testament; they believe that the sacrifice of Jesus Christ fulfilled all the sacrifices and the feasts in the Law of Moses. And the Eucharist is that sacrifice, offered throughout time and space. (48)How can the sacrifices of animals compare to the body and blood of the Son of God, offered on behalf of all nations? And why should man continue to sacrifice animals, when he has been invited to unite the offering of himself and his contrite heart with the offering of the perfect, divine High Priest? The prophecy of Malachi was probably lost when it ceased to be a tool of conversion. We live in a world that largely rejects miracles. Prophecies are not a means to convince the modern pagan; they are laughed at and rejected. In the process of searching for the "historical Jesus," we have abandoned prophecies and miracles as "unhistorical." The early Church Fathers considered the prophecy of Malachi to be a way of converting Jews and pagans, as well as a means to strengthening the faith of believers in the pews. Our modern culture doesn't hold prophecies in high esteem, and it especially is not good at debating logically and charitably with those with whom they disagree, but the lost prophecy of Malachi, with its beautiful description of the Christian Eucharistic celebration, still deserved to be found, and I am grateful that Mike Aquilina was able to unearth this beautiful prophecy and unpack its depths for the modern believer. Mary Help of Christians, pray for us!
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