So there we have it!!
Remember when we learned the work of the Son and the work of the Spirit are UNITED
They are doing the Will of the Father
Salvation in the world is brought to our lives
Paragraph 1076 says, “The gift of the Spirit ushers in a new era in the ‘dispensation of the mystery’-the age of the Church, during which Christ manifests, makes present, and communicates his work of salvation through the liturgy of his Church, ‘until he comes.’ In this age of the Church Christ now lives and acts in and with his Church, in a new way appropriate to this new age. He acts through the sacraments in what the common Tradition of the East and the West calls ‘the sacramental economy’”
So what does THE EAST AND THE WEST mean?
In 1054 AD the ONE CHURCH split in two
The EAST and the WEST
The Roman Catholic Church was the WEST
The Orthodox Church was the EAST
This was called THE GREAT SCHISM
Jesus prayed at the Last Supper that we all would be ONE
This is one example of the Church experiencing the brokenness of its members
There were numerous opportunities where East and West came back together and there was reconciliation
There were a couple different Church councils that happened
So we now also have RITES in the Catholic Church that developed on their own that are not part of the Roman Rite
We have a ton of people listening who are part of those rites
There are 23 distinct rites in the Catholic Church
In those 23 rites there are 6 major liturgical families
The Latin Rite, the one most of us in the west are accustomed to
The Alexandrian Rite
The Antiochene Rite
The Armenian Rite
The Chaldean Rite
The Constantinopolitan Rite or The Byzantine Rite
THEY ARE ALL CATHOLIC!!
They are all united to the bishops and the Pope
There is a variety in these liturgical expressions
There is also a variety in some governance situations
WE ARE ALL UNITED AS BISHOPS AND WITH THE HOLY FATHER!!
Both the East and the West calls it the Sacramental Economy
Here is what God wants to do and is doing in our lives
Paragraph 1077 says, “‘Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. He destined us before him in love to be his sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace which he freely bestowed on us in the Beloved.’”
Not only is this us blessing God and praising God and adoring God and thanking God and worshiping God
We are also presenting ourselves to the Father and begging God to send us the Holy Spirit upon the whole world so that our participation in the Death and Resurrection of Jesus and those blessings from God will come upon us
We go out to the Lord and offer Him EVERY GOOD THING in praise, adoration, worship, and thanksgiving
We give God blessing
Have you ever wondered what we mean when we say we BLESS GOD?
Isn’t God the one who blesses US?
Paragraph 1078 says, “Blessing is a divine and life-giving action, the source of which is the Father, his blessing is both word and gift (eu-logia, bene-dictio). When applied to man, the word ‘blessing’ means adoration and surrender to his Creator in thanksgiving.”
When we say we BLESS GOD we actually BOW DOWN IN ADORATION AND SURRENDER TO GOD IN THANKSGIVING
When God BLESSES US that is all that He does for us
Paragraph 1079 says, “From the beginning until the end of time the whole of God’s work is a blessing.”
IT IS ALL A GIFT!!
IT IS INCREDIBLE!!
From the very beginning of Genesis every day God makes something new and it is VERY GOOD
He blesses the day through His very word
He blesses man and woman
All these blessings completely renew and reveal the faithfulness of God
Paragraph 1083 says, “The dual dimension of the Christian liturgy as a response of faith and love to the spiritual blessings the Father bestows on us is thus evident. On the one hand, the Church, united with her Lord and ‘in the Holy Spirit,’ blesses the Father ‘for his inexpressible gift’ in her adoration, praise, and thanksgiving.”
When we offer the Mass we are offering up the great Sacrifice of the Son TO the Father IN THE POWER OF the Holy Spirit
The best gift God has given US is what we are giving to HIM
We are also uniting OUR HEARTS with the HEART OF THE SON
The self-offering of Jesus Christ is what we are offering to the Father in adoration, praise, and thanksgiving
We are also presenting ourselves to the Father HIS OWN GIFTS
When you give the Father YOUR HEART you are giving Him HIS OWN GIFT!!
When we are offering THE EUCHARIST by lifting it up and saying, “Through Him, with Him, and in Him, in the Unity of the Holy Spirit. All glory and honor is yours, Almighty Father. Forever and ever. Amen” we are presenting God WITH HIS OWN GIFT
HIS OWN SON THAT HE GAVE TO US!!
When we do that, we are also adoring, praising, and blessing God
We are also asking and begging God to send the Holy Spirit upon all of us and upon the whole world so that as we participate and have Communion with the death and Resurrection of Jesus those blessings will go out to the ENTIRE WORLD
And God is EVEN MORE praised and glorified
Does that make sense?
Tomorrow we have CHRIST’S WORK IN THE LITURGY
It is going to sound familiar
What a gift to be alive in the Age of the Church
Where Jesus continues to come to us, sanctify us, redeem us, heal us, forgive us, and feed us through His Sacraments
Fr. Mike is praying FOR YOU!!
Please pray for Fr. Mike and for each other!!
I cannot WAIT to see you tomorrow!!