Friday, September 12, 2014

3 Great Reminders of What Really Happens at Mass

It's the end of the week. The weekend is here. For Catholics, that means the Lord's Day, which is properly celebrated by avoiding unnecessary work and by going to Holy Mass. How often, though, can we "sleep walk" through what Vatican 2 called "the source and summit of the Christian life?" (Lumen Gentium, 11). We get so stuck in this mundane world of ours that we miss what is really happening at Mass (of course the wreckoation of many of our churches and the overemphasis on the "horizontal" dimension of the liturgy only exasperates this problem). Well, today, I thought we'd take a moment and look at what is really happening at Mass on Sunday. Note, this will be happening where you, dear reader, will be worshiping this Sunday (assuming it is a Catholic parish). This is the ground you will be troding. So when you see this (if you are lucky)

or even this

know that you are really present at this moment in time

where this is happening 

and in this company

If that doesn't get you excited, if that doesn't make you instantly understand what Vatican II was talking about, you might need to check your pulse.

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