An Awesome Connection
Easter Sunday, April 1, 2018
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. We connect with the Spirit in the first
words we speak at Mass. And appropriately, it is while establishing our relationship with all Three Persons of the Trinity. We affirm that we are in God's house, not presumptuously or as intruders, but because we are invited, commissioned, and empowered to speak and act in the name of God himself—in the name of the Father, Son, and Spirit.
In celebrating Mass, we speak as Jesus, whose body we are. When we were baptized, Jesus rose from the dead in our bodies. He rose in us to continue his life and mission on earth, to speak and act in us as in his own body, which we are. The mystery of our Baptism is that we are not just Christians; we have "become Christ" (Saint Augustine, quoted in the Catechism of the Catholic Church 795). It is as Christ, sons and daughters "in the Son," that we come before the Father "in the Spirit."
We have the right to be here; to say and to do all we are about to say and do.
ACTION: Make the Sign of the Cross. Slowly. Listen to what you are saying. Ask for the seventh "Gift of the Holy Spirit": Awe and wonder.
PRAYER: Lord, I am your body. You live and act in me. Let me think with your thoughts and speak with your words and act as your body on earth.