When we review the Liturgical Year of the Church there is an incredible richness found in the Sunday celebrations beginning with Resurrection Sunday (Easter), followed six weeks later by Ascension Sunday, followed by Pentecost Sunday, Followed by Trinity Sunday, followed by Eucharist Sunday (Corpus Christi). Just reflect a moment on what all these Sunday liturgical celebrations include: Jesus resurrected from death as was prophesied and as He foretold the Apostles; Jesus ascending back to the Father as He foretold His Apostles; The Holy Spirit descending upon the Disciples as He foretold His Disciples; The Trinitarian God, three distinct Persons in one Godhead, first manifested at the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River; and the manifestation of the physical presence of Jesus Christ with us on earth in His Body and Blood as He directed at the Last Supper!
When we come to the Eucharistic Celebration on any given Sunday we should always try to have the proper mindset for what we are doing. This is not an “event”. It is not a “Catholic obligation to check off each week”. It is not a “service” like our Protestant brothers and sisters ‘attend’. It is not a “revival or camp meeting”. It is the celebration in prayerful adoration of the Source and Summit of our Christian Faith and Life. Everything that is said and done during the celebration of the Mass has a purpose and method. The very core of the richness in the celebration lies in the presence of the visible Church – all of us, the ministers and assistants, the choir, the lectors, the ushers, the commentator and all the faithful souls in the pews – joining together in prayer and worship adoring, praising, thanking our God for the opportunity to simply be there and to share in the physical Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. If you understand this is what the time spent in the church once a week is really all about, then it shouldn’t matter to you whether or not the music, the readings, the readers, the altar servers, the celebrant, or the homily is to your liking. You’re there joining with your fellow parishioners as a visible manifestation of the Catholic Christian community of Grapevine, Texas, in celebratory worship of our God, and to participate in the Living Bread of Heaven to nourish our souls and deepen our faith. IN the coming months we will be initiating opportunities to expand the influence of our faith community in small groups…intended to evangelize and create intentional disciples who will further fulfill our mission. I urge you to prayerfully consider how you can participate in this effort and deepen and grow your own faith as you reach out to those whose faith has faltered or been abandoned. Jesus told us that we are our brother’s keepers. Thank you for your prayers and dedication to our parish community. Continue to pray for all priests as we do for you each day.
Pastor’s Points is a bi-weekly feature about faith, family, and life, from our pastor, Father James Flynn. It is published in our parish bulletins, as well.