• Immersed in Christ

Imagine you are Jesus at the Last Supper. You are about to die. What will keep your followers together when you are gone? What will keep your words alive among them? What will keep their hearts on fire?

The Mass. The celebration of the Eucharist. That is what Jesus relied upon. The church calls Eucharist "the source and summit of Christian life." At the Last Supper, Jesus took a loaf of bread, gave thanks, and gave it to His disciples saying, "This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me."

This is a sacramental remembrance: a remembrance that makes present what we remember.

In the Mass, Jesus is present and acting. That is where we encounter Him - not alone, but in company with others: in a communal meal where we listen to His words together, respond to them together, and experience His presence among us and within us.

All we have to do is pay attention at Mass, understand what we are paying attention to, and enter into it.

Take action: Next time you go to Mass, arrive a few moments earlier than usual so that you can prepare to enter more fully into the celebration. Take a few quiet moments to recall that Jesus is present and active in the Mass. How does this make you feel? How do your feelings impact your desire to participate more fully in the activity of the Mass? What choice will you make to enter more fully into the Mass?

When you walk into Church on Sundays, what are you feeling? What are you expecting?

How do you feel about being there? Are you looking forwarding to celebrating? Or just enduring?

The truth is, the Mass is something Jesus does - and we are all there to do it with Him. That's not clear to everyone.

A fresh look at the Mass will give us a new way of seeing ourselves, and because of this, a new way of perceiving our participation in the celebration. We won't be there to "hear" Mass, or even to "follow" the Mass as the priest celebrates it. We will be there to offer the Mass together with Jesus and others - with Christ and as Christ - to offer Jesus to the Father for the life of the human race, and to offer ourselves with Him and

Him: our flesh, with His, "for the life of the world."

The Mass is being renewed. And the Mass is renewing us - whenever and wherever we are willing to let it.

In these posts for the next few weeks. we'll reflect on this and hopefully come away with a renewed vigor and commitment to celebrating the Mass.

  • Immersed in Christ

What is “holy”?

The question “How do I get holy?” can’t be answered until we define what “holy” is.

How would you define it? (Sure, give us a comment. Reading the rest of this can wait).

Okay. Did you try?

Did you go metaphysical? “To be holy means to share in the divine life of God.” That is why Saint Paul’s word for all Christians was “the ‘saints’ – the holy ones.” All the baptized are holy with the holiness of God.

We got that holiness by Baptism, but that is not what we mean when we ask, “How can I get holy?”

What “holy” means when we ask that question is very simple: it means “united – being one with – God in mind, heart and will.”

Let’s bring it down to earth – literally. Union with Jesus Christ is union with God. And easier to deal with.

So the question becomes, “How can I be united to Jesus in mind, heart and will?”

Now we can answer the question. You try it first. How can we grow in union of mind, heart and will with Jesus Christ?

Post it as a comment below. My guess is you’ll be groping.