October 14, 2018

October 11, 2018

From Father Jordan

My Dear Ones,

May the Grace of our Lord remain always with us!

I hope you found our celebration of Rosary Sunday helpful and meaningful. I thought all went well. I especially enjoyed being with our younger parishioners at the 9am Mass – although my getting up from sitting on the altar step must have been something to behold!

After our obscuras last week about the Rosary, I want to return to our “discussion” about the Liturgy. The question I would like to pose to you this week is, “Are you coming to Mass on auto-pilot?” I know that on many occasions this can be the way in which I came to celebrate Mass; it’s called being human. But attending Mass is not simply human – it is the place where heaven and earth are joined as one, and therefore, this act is a mixture of humanity and divinity. We bring ourselves to Mass with all our human failure, successes, hopes, and dreams. By the power of Christ in and through the Holy Spirit all that we are is invited to and transformed by this glimpse of heaven that we are given in and through the celebration of the Eucharist, the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI challenges us in this way, “In the Eucharist we are coming to the greatest Feast of Faith we will know until heaven, and we act as if we are being fast food from McDonald’s or some other such place.” Sometimes, going through the actions is all we can do, and the Lord understands that so mercifully: He delights in progress, not perfection.

Auto-pilot: we have all been there. But, if we give the slightest bit of effort, God will be found faithful! May we come to this “Feast of Faith” with alert minds, open hearts, and attentive ears to receive the untold gifts our Father in heaven longs to give us!

In the Lord,

Fr. Jordan, OP

 

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