The Why of offering: God is god with or without our gifts. But we need to grow in self-giving love and this is one reason why he invites us to unite our lives to him in this way. These small offerings help us to love. In the presentation of the gifts, it is as if we bring our entire lives and all our little sacrifices (which are symbolized by the Gifts) to the hands of Jesus himself (who is represented by the priest). The priest then brings our gifts to the altar, which is the place where Christ’s sacrifice is made present, in order to express our union with Christ’s offering to the Father.