It seems spiritual communion with the Lord Jesus has become the new norm. When I received the news in March that Mass in our Diocese would be suspended for the foreseeable future, my heart sank.
I don’t know designer clothes, or fancy cars, or big houses and definitely don’t feel as though I’d be comfortable with them. Rather, I want memories of the people I love, moments with my children when we laugh so hard we’re clutching our stomachs, and taking a moment to enjoy the beauty of simplicity.
Hearing the scriptures publicly proclaimed at the sacrifice of the Holy Mass is an often overlooked—perhaps forgotten—treasure. Frequently, Protestant worship services neglect this vital component of hearing the transforming Word of God.
Children, with their sounds and stirrings during Mass, should not be looked at as disruptions, but as living images of the love of Christ, the blessings of the sacred vocation of marriage, and as gifts integral to a life-filled, growing parish community.
Like the shepherds, we encounter Christ in a very personal way at every Mass–especially in the Eucharist. Yet it is not enough to simply and passively receive this great gift with joy. Joy naturally is received and shared. The full meaning of Christmas and its encounter with the Christ-child moves us to become evangelists, that such an immense joy might be shared with all.