So there we have it!!
THE HOLY SPIRIT RECALLS THE MYSTERY OF CHRIST
Tomorrow we will talk about THE HOLY SPIRIT MAKES PRESENT THE MYSTERY OF CHRIST
This is in a SACRAMENTAL way
The Power of God
The Action of God
The saving work of God is made present to us and is brought to us here and now
Today’s section is about the Holy Spirit is the one who inspires the Word of God
Sacred Scripture is not only PROCLAIMED in the Mass
It is also EXPLAINED in the Mass
Paragraph 1099 says, “The Spirit and the Church cooperate to manifest Christ and his work of salvation in the liturgy.”
Have you ever thought about this?
Jesus’ work of salvation comes to us in the Liturgy
The Holy Spirit makes PRESENT, ACTIVE, AND ACTUAL what Jesus made POSSIBLE
The Church cooperates with that
As often as we celebrate Mass and God’s Word is proclaimed, His works are proclaimed
There is this cooperation here where the Holy Spirit recalls ALL that Jesus has done and makes it PRESENT
His work of salvation is PRESENT TO US and REVEALED TO US in the Liturgy
Paragraph 1099 continues, “Primarily in the Eucharist, and by analogy in the other sacraments, the liturgy is the memorial of the mystery of salvation.”
What do we say at Mass?
THE MYSTERY OF FAITH!!
Everyone responds, “We proclaim your death, O Lord, and profess your Resurrection until you come again.”
THAT is the memorial
THAT is the MYSTERY OF SALVATION
Paragraph 1099 continues, “The Holy Spirit is the Church’s living memory.”
Paragraph 1100 says, “The word of God.”
When we hear the Word of God proclaimed in Scripture and Mass there is the WORKS of God are proclaimed and the WORD of God is proclaimed and we REMEMBER this
Paragraph 1100 says, “In the celebration of the liturgy, Sacred Scripture is extremely important. From it come the lessons that are read and explained in the homily and the psalms that are sung. It is from the Scriptures that the prayers, collects, and hymns draw their inspiration and their force, and that actions and signs derive their meaning.”
The Holy Spirit gives us an UNDERSTANDING to God’s Word according to the disposition of our hearts
The Holy Spirit makes God’s Word PRESENT through the Scriptures being proclaimed
The Sacraments are ALWAYS powerful
The Sacraments are ALWAYS efficacious
The Sacraments are ALWAYS present
The Sacraments are ALWAYS doing something
Whether or not they do something in OUR HEARTS is based off of the DISPOSITION OF OUR HEARTS
The same thing is true when it comes to God’s Word being proclaimed
God’s Word is living and effective, sharper than any two-edged sword
WE KNOW THIS!!
We also know that sometimes we are INDIFFERENT
Sometimes we don’t have an OPEN DISPOSITION to really hear God’s Word
Sometimes we are not ACTIVELY LISTENING and we are not receptive to God’s Word
The Holy Spirit HELPS US
Because we do not know how to PRAY as we ought to
Because we do not even know how to HEAR GOD’S WORD as we ought to
God’s Word is explained in the homily
We get to receive this and faith gets to be nourished in our hearts
THIS IS SO IMPORTANT!!
Paragraph 1102 says, “The proclamation does not stop with a teaching; it elicits the response of faith as consent and commitment, directed at the covenant between God and his people.”
THIS IS SO VITAL FOR ALL OF US!!
ESPECIALLY when we are hearing God’s Word at Mass, reading God’s Word, or listening to something like The Bible in a Year
The Word of God is PROCLAIMED and then it is EXPLAINED
THAT IS NOT THE END!!
It is supposed to elicit the RESPONSE OF FAITH AS CONSENT AND COMMITMENT
What does that mean?
It means we hear God’s Word and we say YES!!
It means we hear God’s Word and we are not indifferent
It means we hear God’s Word and we are not argumentative
It is ok to wrestle with Faith
It is ok to wrestle with what God’s Word is saying to us
We want to arrive at this place of, “Ok Lord, teach me. Speak, Lord. Your servant is listening.”
Remember what the Prophet Samuel said?
The voice of God calls to him and Samuel says, “Speak, Lord. Your servant is listening.”
To have that kind of OPEN DISPOSITION when God’s Word is proclaimed is to receive God’s Word WITH CONSENT
The next level after that is COMMITMENT
Sometimes we miss out on this part
Even if we are attentive and listen to God’s Word with our heart, mind, soul, and strength and we say AMEN
Sometimes we forget the COMMITMENT
“God, what are you asking of me? What are you inviting me to do? What kind of commitment can I make as a result of your Word being proclaimed and explained?”
THIS IS REALLY REALLY CRITICAL FOR ALL OF US!!
Whenever we approach Scripture, either privately or in the Liturgy, to be able to say “Speak, Lord. Your servant is listening.”
“Even if I’m wrestling with this, I give my AMEN to this.”
THEN MAKE A COMMITMENT!!
“Lord, you have spoken. I was listening. Here is what you are calling me to do. Maybe you are calling me to purify my heart in one way. Maybe you are calling me to stop doing something. Maybe you are calling me to start doing something. Maybe you are calling me to stay the course. Whatever it is, this is my response.”
RECEPTIVITY - speak, Lord. Your servant is listening
CONSENT - even if wrestling with it, say AMEN
COMMITMENT - DO SOMETHING
Paragraph 1103 says, “Anamnesis. The liturgical celebration always refers to God’s saving interventions in history.”
Anamnesis brings the events of the past PRESENT to the community as often as those words are PROCLAIMED
It is a MASSIVELY MYSTERIOUS thing
Tomorrow we will talk about how God really truly IS PRESENT
THE EPICLESIS brings down the very presence of God upon the gift of bread and wine and ultimately causes them to become the BODY AND BLOOD OF CHRIST
This ANAMNESIS that happens when the Word of God is proclaimed, we are there and we are present to this
This ANAMNESIS when the Sacrament is lived out and made present to us as well
We are present to the REALITY
We are present to the SAVING ACTION OF JESUS
Hope this makes sense!!
IT IS BEAUTIFUL!!
IT IS REMARKABLE!!
IT IS FASCINATING!!
Fr. Mike is praying FOR YOU!!
Please pray for Fr. Mike and for each other!!
I cannot WAIT to see you tomorrow!!