Monday, January 9, 2012

the difference is the fruit

"Our lives must be woven with the Eucharist" --Mama T.

Kay, so the other night (translation: that'd be about a week ago. It's been a long week, so blogging's taken a back seat to life.[author's note:yeah, this post is getting written now, as opposed to when I started it in November. nbd.]) my friend took me to a praise and worship group that I've been attend for forever. And it was really enjoyable. I love singing Jesus songs as much as the next person, and it was wonderful fellowship, so it was a great evening. The next evening, I went to Mass.

And dude. The Eucharist is the heart of our faith for a reason. Because as wonderful as prayer and music is, that's not the point.
The point is that at each Mass, Christ re-enters the world. God, in the flesh, comes into our midst. And then we eat His body, like He told us to.
It's kind of intense.
Like really intense.
Everyday at Mass, we eat God.
Let that sink in a moment or two.

Scott Hann, in his book, The Lamb's Supper describes the Mass as heaven on earth.
Not in a figurative way, but in a literal way. The book of Revelation describes the heavenly hosts, and all the saints in constant worship of Christ, and in the Mass we join in their worship. It's heavy stuff.

But the Eucharist is called the Bread of Life for a reason. Because it's the stuff that truly nourishes. And while other forms of liturgy can be beautiful in their own way, they're like the dessert at this banquet. The substance of the wedding feast is the Mass--the Eucharistic sacrifice.

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