Fr. Kevin's Cluttered Desk
Sunday, July 15, 2018
Many of the prayers of the Mass refer to “our participation” in the mystery of the Mass but are we really participating fully? Pope John Paul II (now Saint Pope John Paul II) used to refer to the need for a new evangelization, a new calling forth of disciples for the Lord. In the Gospel we hear how Jesus sent the disciples out into the world to proclaim the Good News, and they went and did just that. But often today the evangelization that needs to be done is in our own homes and in our own pews. In some ways we have become “casual” Catholics. The fervour for the Lord that each of us is called to have appears to be missing. We seem to know Jesus in our heads but how well do we know Jesus in our hearts? In the reception of the Eucharist there is an intimate connection with Jesus but do we allow our hearts to dwell on it or is it just another thing happening in our lives? I was listening to some people talk about cell phones and how bad they are for posture because people are always hunched over and looking down. They refused to refer to the cell phone as a smart phone and after listening to them for some time I gathered that the term “cell” was very deliberate. The “cell” phone can become our master and organize and control our lives. One of the first questions many people ask about a holiday place is does it have cell reception, does it have internet? Makes me wonder if we know how to “unplug” and listen to God, nature, and the universe around us. One of my favourite things to do in the summer was to lay outside at night in the dark looking up at the stars as the evening cooled off. To gaze at the stars and the wonder of creation, to listen to the sounds of the night, no cars, no crazy drunks, just the true silence of the evening. To appreciate creation we need to take time to be present to it. To appreciate the Mass we need to step more deeply into it: read the readings before Mass, read the prayers of the Mass before Mass. During the Mass, quietly to ourselves, we are called to say “my Lord and my God” when the Body of Christ is elevated and again when the Blood of Christ is elevated. Do we remember to say it? Do we really mean it? If I ever think I am the total master of my life, may somebody kick me quickly and remind me that none of us is in total control our lives, but God is with us every step of the way, intimate friend, brother, saviour. We are the disciples of today, blessed are we.
Peace Fr. Kevin
Peace Fr. Kevin
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