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A Word from Father Ed…
My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
The most sacred thing that we are about is celebrating the Eucharist, the holy sacrifice of the Mass. Over the past weeks and months, Pope Francis has been teaching, calling all of us—from bishops to the newly baptized—to a deeper understanding and greater reverence for the Mass. I want here to simply highlight a few of his comments and make them my own in regard to the celebration of the Eucharist at Notre Dame Parish.
First, it is important to understand why we celebrate the Eucharist. On one hand we celebrate it because the Lord commanded us to do so. On the other hand we do so to participate in the saving passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus. When we come to Mass we come not to be entertained, not to have our political opinions validated, not even simply because someone is making us come. We should be coming to be caught up in the cross and resurrection of Jesus; to receive salvation; to be strengthened by Jesus’ Word to know truth and by eating his Body and Blood to serve. We should be coming, in other words, to become more like Jesus Christ.
The pope has taught: “The Lord is there with us, present. So often do we go there, look at things, talk amongst ourselves while the priest is celebrating the Eucharist...and we do not celebrate close to Him. But it is the Lord!...But think: when you go to Mass, the Lord is there! And you get distracted. It is the Lord! We have to think about this. ‘Father, it’s that the Masses are dull’—’But what are you saying, that the Lord is dull?’ —’No, no. Not the Mass, the priests—Ah, may the priests convert, but it is the Lord who is there!’ Do you understand? Do not forget it. Participating in Mass is living again the redemptive passion and death of Our Lord” (General Audience, 11/8/17).
The pope has challenged us, too, about our habit of talking with one another before (and after) Mass (something we are guilty of here at Notre Dame). He taught: “Praying, as every true dialogue, is also knowing how to be in silence...in silence together with Jesus. When we go to Mass, perhaps we arrive five minutes early and begin to chat with the person next to us. But this is not the moment for small talk; it is the moment of silence to prepare ourselves for the dialogue. It is the moment for recollection within the heart, to prepare ourselves for the encounter with Jesus. Silence is so important! Remember what I said last week: we are not going to a spectacle, we are going to the encounter with the Lord, and silence prepares us and accompanies us. Pausing in silence with Jesus. From this mysterious silence of God springs his Word which resonates in our heart. Jesus himself teaches us how it is truly possible to ‘be’ with the Father and he shows us this with his prayer” (General Audience, 11/15/17).
There are three movements of the faithful to the Eucharist. The first movement is when we decide to come and make our way to Mass. The second movement is when we gather with our fellow parishioners. The third movement is when together with our fellow parishioners we enter into the house of God for worship. The first movement takes place in our homes; the second should take place in the church vestibule; the third in the church proper. Regrettably, Notre Dame church is wholly inadequate to accommodate these three movements. For example, we don’t even gather together. We come into church through three entrances and four separate sets of doors. We have no vestibule in which we can gather, linger, become one family in Christ together. And we sit in two different rooms, one of which was never intended to be part of the church proper. Nonetheless, I repeat what the pope is saying. When we come into the church and before the altar, ambo, and tabernacle let’s do so in silence, respecting that our brothers and sisters are there to encounter Jesus and not to talk to us or us to them, and certainly not to be distracted from their prayer by our conversations with one another about the weather (or whatever). May we make it a parish-wide new year’s resolution not to chitchat in church but to pray, to be silent in our encounter with Jesus, to worship Christ the Lord by listening to his Word and eating his Body and Blood, so that we might have life and have it to the full.
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