How were you living as holy? As catholic? As Christian? The questions raised in a homily are thoughtful on any Sunday, but rich as we pray in preparation for
the upcoming Lenten season with Ash Wednesday on March 5th. God's hands are opened to us. Sundays offer us the invitation to place our lives in God's hands.
Having sited the book
prior, here is an additional portion from Jeremy Driscoll's, What Happens at Mass, "While singing with one voice (many are one), all come forward to the priest to receive from him, one by one, the Body and Blood of The Lord. This action confirms in our
flesh what our lips have prayed. Once again it is worth our paying close attention to the bread and wine that we originally brought forward. In the same place where it was originally handed over to Christ and from the same hands that received it,
it is now handed back to us. ...We can say that the lives we brought forward are handed back, but they are handed back completely transfigured and transformed. Into what? The simple ritual words bluntly tell us: 'The Body of Christ.../The
Blood of Christ.' We say 'Amen'...to say we agree to it, that we accept its consequences. We accept becoming ourselves the Body of Christ, ourselves his Blood." P. 122-123.
Have you truly been
open to the goodness God showers upon us? Sundays are an invitation to be reminded who we are in Christ...Beloved, forgiven, renewed. Becoming what we have received changes the direction of a reply as we heard in Matthew 5 today-turning the other
cheek, handing over extra clothes, and going the extra mile. This Sunday we thank God for our catholic community and and the gift of Sundays!