Friday, June 20, 2008
"Let us discuss the word liturgy. This word does not properly mean a sacrifice, but rather the public ministry. Liturgy agrees well with our belief that one minister who consecrates gives the Lord's body and blood to the rest of the people, just as one minister who preaches offers the Gospel to the people. As Paul says, 'This is how one should regard us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God' (1 Corinthians 4:1), that is, of the Gospel and the Sacraments. And, 'We are ambassadors for Christ, God making His appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God' (2 Corinthians 5:20). So the term leitourgia agrees well with the ministry."