SEVENTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

The Mass…..Heaven on Earth

Did you know that the Mass is Heaven on earth?
Did you know that Jesus is present to you in different ways at
Mass?
In the Gospel reading today Jesus goes up the mountain and there He sits
with His disciples. As we begin our five week series on the Mass, we will
first look at ways that Jesus is present to us in the Mass. I read a wonderful description on the Mass as it relates to
sacrifice. The phrase that really jumped out at me was at Mass “we are able to stand mystically at the foot of the
cross and witness for ourselves the same self-sacrifice of Jesus.” Mass is a celebration of this sacrifice. It is the
active participation of all that come together in the place of worship. We do not come to Mass simply to receive
something passively or to watch a show; we come as participants embracing the grace Christ pours out for us shed
by his own blood on the cross. According to the Catechism, the Eucharist is “the source and summit of the Christian
life.”136 “The other sacraments, and indeed all ministries and works of the apostolate, are bound up with the
Eucharist and are oriented toward it. For in the blessed Eucharist is contained the whole spiritual good of the
Church, namely Christ himself.”
However, let’s not forget that during the Liturgy of the Word we receive God in His word. Generally speaking there
are three readings and a Psalm (usually sung). The first reading is from the Old Testament, then the Psalm, the second
reading is from the New Testament and the third is a Gospel reading. In next week’s reflection and homily, we
will look at the different ministers present at the Mass and how we can all be active participants in this celebration.
God bless you all, Deacon Dan

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