Liturgical Ruminations by Fr. Pat – January 20, 2019

By looking at a Crucifix, we recall by one single thought the Life, Death, and Resurrection of the Lord. By
kneeling, standing, singing, or putting our hands together, we give a message to God. That message communicates more than words could ever do. They are an expression of who we truly are, what that relationship is, and what God truly wants for us.
There is an aspect to Mass that people sometimes
forget. Mass is not something that is watched; it is
something that one actively participates in. Think about it a second. If you are talking with someone, you are not passively watching the conversation; you are knee-deep into it, expressing ideas and the like, sharing your thoughts with another person.
Therefore, at Mass, we are actively participating in a
dialogue with the Lord. We are fully interacting with our God. That is what Rituals, gestures, etc. do. They help us talk WITH God. Many people still have the notion that they go to church and just watch a ceremony (like a play), and that during that ceremony something happens. That notion is far from what is supposed to take place. With the Priest, EVERYBODY offers the Sacrifice and is drawn into the Spirit of God. ALL OF US are invited into the Passion, Suffering, Death, and Resurrection of Jesus.
At Mass we are invited into the whole Easter Event. We do not just hear about it, but are invited, like the
Apostles, into the main event. Jesus brings the Easter Event into the here and now, just for us. It is NOT
something just to watch; it is something to
PARTICIPATE IN. It is like we are just as present around the Table as were the Apostles.
When Jesus said “Do this in remembrance of me”, He did not mean just to remember an event; He wanted that Event to be part and parcel of who we are. St. Paul says in 1 Corinthians; For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the death of the Lord until he comes.
Some things to think about: What do MY actions at Mass mean?
How am I actively participating in the Last Supper, Good Friday, and Easter Event?
When I recite prayers, sing, kneel, and do what is
required, am I really talking with God , or am I not
participating because my mind is wandering?
Where is the Conversation with God?

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