Homo Liturgicus: The Cruciform Life

As we bring our series on Homo Liturgicus to a close, we now turn to consider the issue of sacrifice as it pertains to the living of the Christian life in the context of the kingdom of man. We have seen already that one of the ways that we participate in Jesus’ once-for-all sacrifice is by means of the New Covenant’s two sacraments of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. But how do we give expression to this dynamic in our lives more...

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Homo Liturgicus: Cup and Cross, Supper and Sacrifice

The thesis that we have been consider-ing in our study of Homo Liturgicus is that it is in Christ that man’s sac-rificial telos is ultimately fulfilled. Although the first Adam failed to offer himself sacrificially to God in self-giving love, Jesus the second Adam accomplished this task, and moreover, it was not for himself that he did this, but for the express purpose of incorporating humanity into his sacrifice. Christ suffered, the just for...

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Homo Liturgicus: Baptized to Death

We saw in the last post in our series on the topic of Homo Liturgicus, Man the Worshiper, that our sacrificial telos—according to which man was created to offer himself to God in self-giving love—is ultimately fulfilled by Christ. His sacrifice of himself upon the cross is the supreme display of worship. Moreover, Jesus’ sacrifice was not offered for his own benefit, but for ours: For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for...

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Homo Liturgicus: The Mystery of the Gospel

We have seen thus far in our consideration of Homo Liturgicus that man was created with a sacrificial telos in view, but that his fall into sin rendered him unfit to fulfill his destiny of offering himself back to God in sacrificial, self-giving love. In Christ man’s destiny is fulfilled, for, as we saw in our last post, Jesus’ work upon the cross can best be understood as a sacrifice offered to his Father, one with which God was...

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Homo Liturgicus: Our Paschal Lamb is Sacrificed

The next step in our consideration of Homo Liturgicus, Man the Worshiper, is somewhat obvious. We have seen thus far that man was created with a sacrificial goal in mind, and that part of Adam’s priestly duties as guardian of the Edenic sanctuary included his being willing to engage in holy war with the serpentine intruder, even it meant laying down his life for his bride. Adam’s priestly failure resulted in his being desecrated, profaned,...

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