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Let Us Kneel Before the Lord

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Yesterday, the daily devotional from “A Catholic Woman’s Book of Days”  really touched my heart.  

O come, let us worship and bow down, let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker!  Psalm 95:6

The author recounted a time when she took a group of high-school students to a retreat day at a Monastery.  Part of the day involved attendance at Mass.

Afterward, some students remarked that the experience had been different from Mass at their home parishes.  “Here, it was like the focus was all on God.  At home, it’s more like it’s all about us.

Wow.  Such insight from young minds.

For many years, I was the one who was sometimes bored, thinking that Mass was supposed to entertain me, or that it was meant as only a fellowship time with my Church friends.  If the music was “good,” and the homily was “catchy and interesting,” I considered myself “fed.”  Otherwise, I really just went through the motions, fulfilling my Sunday Mass obligation.

Then I read “The Lamb’s Supper” by Scott Hahn.

How misguided and totally selfish I was.   You see, the Mass is not intended to be of entertainment for us.  We can be entertained anywhere in this world.  The Mass is a gift offered to us…to share in the Eucharistic Table together, in humble worship of Our Lord and Savior.  How blessed we are, that we have been invited to share in this banquet feast…The Lamb’s Supper.

During Mass, we are led to turn our minds and hearts to Our Lord, Jesus.  We worship through hearing His Word, singing praises to Him, and receiving the Body and Blood of Jesus.  Through the Eucharist, Jesus becomes one with us. He is in us, and we are in Him.  What could be more spirit filling than actually receiving Jesus into our bodies…into our beings?

How does that miracle of love even remotely compare to being “entertained?”

When at Mass, we are in communion with The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  We are also accompanied by  God’s angels and saints.  The Communion of Saints…how mystical and beautiful!

How blessed we are to have a tangible way to be intimate with our Lord.  To be totally one with Him, and through Him.

Lord, I thank you for gifting us with your Church on Earth.  Thank you for inviting us to this Loving Banquet.  Please send your Holy Spirit to infuse our hearts, minds and will with your amazing and unfathomable love, joy, and mercy.

 

Then the Jews began to argue sharply among themselves, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?” Jesus said to them, “Very truly I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you.  Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day.  For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink.  Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in them.  John 6:52-56

 

 

 

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12 thoughts on “Let Us Kneel Before the Lord

  1. Such a good message and reminder of our purpose in attending Mass. Thank you.

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  2. Very good and thoughtful as usual.

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  3. I think enjoying our friends is an important part of Mass since together we are the body of Christ. I am moved every Sunday by the incredible diversity of the followers of Christ, and it warms my heart knowing we are all being fed at the same table.

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    • Yes, seeing our friends is a wonderful and important part of worship. Not the main reason for attending And participating in the Mass. I think each church has its own spirit and gifts. However, maybe we should rethink our priorities when it is impossible to meditate and pray before Mass due to the noise. Maybe conversing and visiting could happen outside of the church, or after the Mass in a coffee or social event.

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      • Oh I hadn’t realize that you were referring to noise of fellowship. I think people need to allow for quiet time before Mass.

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        • Thanks so much for commenting and allowing myself to clarify. Like you, when I look around our church and see all the different people in many different walks of life, my heart fills up. We are the body of Christ and need to be there for each other…in true friendship. We are are interconnected through Jesus.

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  4. Thank you for this post. Worship can never be about us, or we worship our selves. May we “turn our minds and hearts to Our Lord Jesus” as we gather together to worship Him. He deserves it.

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  5. Thank you for stopping by and for your thoughtful words. Have a most blessed day!

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  6. I see you are following me and left a like on “Taking Child to Jesus” so I came to follow you also. I am not Catholic but I have a most precious Catholic friend (more than one really!). I will make some referrals. You are obviously much in love with out Savior.

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