Transcript of the taped talk by Scott Hahn.
I’d like to cover a lot, and I’d like to tell you in advance what I’m going to tell you. I’d like to move from one to another to a third area. The first area I’d like to focus on is how it is that Christ in the Last Supper and in the Eucharist offers himself up as the New Covenant Passover, and how the Eucharist and the Old Testament Passover are in a sense two sides of the same coin. The second focus of our time will be on the Nature of the Mass, then, as a sacrifice. That was big problem for me, and that’s a big problem for lots of people outside the church and I think for some people in the church too, who wonder about how it is that after Calvary we can still speak of any activity that is performed on earth as being a sacrifice of Christ. And then finally the third area for our consideration will be on what Our Proper Response would be to our Lord in the Eucharist, in the blessed Sacrament. In other words, why should we adore our Lord in the Eucharist as opposed to just any old place we happen to be? In other words, we’ll conclude on the note of Eucharistic adoration, and why that is a fit, proper, and very necessary act of devotion in the family of God, the Catholic Church.
Let’s go back to the first, the Eucharist as Passover. What I’d like to share in this first part is not what theologians would call de fide; it isn’t infallibly defined dogma that binds the conscience, the intellect and will of every Catholic believer. Instead, what I’d like to do is just to share my own Scripture study in sort of an abbreviated form that led me to see something that I didn’t think was possible – it led me to see that the Last Supper and Christ’s sacrifice on Calvary and the Eucharist are all of one piece. Some scholars might dispute this. You can’t find all Scripture scholars agreeing on anything these days, so I don’t lose much sleep over the fact that there might be some scripture scholars who dispute this point. But through my own study (and I’ve checked this with others who are more qualified and better trained scholars than me) it helps. It’s been an explanation that has provided insight for others as well. It’s not entirely original, but for me it was a discovery of my own before I discovered it in the writings of other great and holy and wise authors.