Over at Bonfire of the Vanities Fr. Martin Fox has posted the text of his Sunday sermon (18th Sunday of Ordinary Time). It was about Holy Mass, sacrifice, participation… why we have Mass.
For a long time I have been saying rather bluntly, we go to Mass and participation, in the final analysis, because one day we are all going to die.
That said, here are Fr. Fox’s concluding points. Be sure to read the rest over there:
Our nation is in a financial crisis–and we all wonder how it will work out.
Our world is in a spiritual crisis.
The fate of governments and the economy, the end of wars and famine,
are ultimately about whether we will accept Christ as our king.
And if you want to pray for our nation, for family, for the world–
there is no more powerful prayer than Jesus giving his all on the Cross!
We just heard Paul say that nothing can conquer the love of Christ–it will triumph.
But the “love of Christ” isn’t just his warm feelings for us: it’s his death on the Cross.
It’s the Mass!
In the first reading, God promised to renew his “everlasting covenant” with us.
In the Eucharistic prayer we pray at every Mass, we hear Jesus say, “this is the cup of my blood, the blood of the new and everlasting covenant… shed so that sins may be forgiven.”
In a moment, I’ll go to that altar and I will offer this Sacrifice.
Know that I am completely unworthy of it.
It truly frightens me because I am a sinner.
That’s how awesome this is. Pray for me, please. Join with me.