Of One Mind and Heart…

11 Nov 2018 by SHRCChurch, Comments Off on Of One Mind and Heart…

Catholic teaching has always been that in the Mass, the once and for all sacrifice of the dying and rising of Jesus is present. It is not just a memorial but an actual presence which transcends both time and place!

Have you ever asked yourself why the Mass is repeated over and over again day after day? Theoretically we would have to attend only once in a lifetime and we would be ready for heaven. However there is a problem…  and the problem is with us, not the Mass!

We are called upon to be of one mind and heart with the dying and rising Jesus, to give ourselves and our entire lives to His will. Because we keep coming up short of that identification with the will of Jesus, we have to keep trying. While this might seem to be an impossible goal, we can in fact, with effort, grow in grace and draw ever closer to that identification.

It should be obvious that just showing up, with focus completely elsewhere won’t do. Attending, but giving way to distractions is most people’s problem. That is why preparing ahead of time is so important… placing ourselves in an attitude of prayer rather than chatting with a neighbor, thinking (mistakenly) that we can immediately switch to a perfect disposition once the celebrant enters.

It is not for nothing that the Mass always begins with a call to reflect upon our failures. Attendance is merely the prerequisite. Praying the Mass with Christ is where its fruitfulness lies!

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