So there we have it!!
WHO CELEBRATES THE LITURGY?
It is the work of Christ, Head and Body
It is Jesus Christ our High Priest who is constantly presenting Himself and offering Himself to the Father
He has done this throughout Eternity
He is the Son pouring Himself out in love to the Father
The Father is pouring Himself out in love to the Son
That love between them being SO REAL that we call it the Holy Spirit
Which is a DIVINE PERSON
In a unique way, the Son presents the Sacrifice UNITED WITH HIS HUMANITY to the Father continually
All the Angels and Saints in Heaven are drawn into that worship, and they get drawn into that expression, that gift, that sacrifice, that offering of love
We get to participate in this on Earth
If we could pull back the veil on all that is happening in the Sacraments we realize that on one level we are using water to do one thing, oil to do another thing, and praying prayers we read out of a book
They are the ways in which we are participating in something that we cannot see
The altar is where time and Eternity MEET
The altar is where Heaven and Earth KISS
We get to participate in this
If we can have the veil pulled back for even a moment and see what is REALLY HAPPENING in the Sacraments we realize these are not empty rituals or just prayers from a book
They are a real participation IN TIME of what is happening IN ETERNITY
This is a real participation ON EARTH of what is currently happening right now IN HEAVEN
All of the Angels and Saints are glorifying the Father continually
All the People of God are caught up in this love, worship, this Marriage Feast of the Lamb
JOY IN FULLNESS OF LOVE IN HEAVEN
Our participation in the Sacraments is sharing in this
It doesn’t feel like that all the time
If we knew what was happening, the way we would approach the Lord and the Eucharist would be dramatically changed
We talked about the Liturgy of the Hours a couple of times
Paragraph 1196 says, “The faithful who celebrate the Liturgy of the Hours are united to Christ our high priest…”
This is one of the reasons it is called THE PRAYER OF THE CHURCH
It is an extension of Christ’s Priesthood onto this earth
Those who share in the Baptismal priesthood get to participate in this
You don’t have to be in Church or at Mass to do this
The Mass is the highest and most perfect form of participating in the work of Christ, the High Priest
Simply by praying The Office of Readings, Morning Prayer, Daytime Prayer, Evening Prayer, or Night Prayer (any one of those even) is a participation in the prayers and the priesthood of Jesus Christ
Paragraph 1196 continues, “...in order to be joined with his unceasing and universal prayer that gives glory to the Father and implores the gift of the Holy Spirit on the whole world.”
So often we look at this world and see so much brokenness
There is so much darkness
It seems like evil wins at times
So what do we do?
We can go online and start ranting on social media
We could do some GOOD near us
In our family or our community
When we run out of these things, what else can we do?
WE CAN EXERCISE OUR PRIESTHOOD AND PARTICIPATE IN THE PRIESTHOOD OF JESUS!!
We can be joined with Jesus’ unceasing and universal prayer that gives glory to the Father and implores the gift of the Holy Spirit on the whole world
There are so many prayer apps for the Liturgy of the Hours
Fr. Mike is praying FOR YOU!!
Please pray for Fr. Mike and for each other!!
I cannot WAIT to see you tomorrow!!