This certainly has been a week when we’ve needed to hear the encouraging words, “Rise up!” God will take care of everything! From Baruch’s proclamation that “God is leading Israel in joy by the light of divine glory, escorted by mercy and justice - to Luke’s quotation from Isaiah that “all humankind will see the salvation of God.”
The writers are looking back and refreshing people’s minds about past times when God had saved God’s people and promised to continue to do so always. The Jews remembered and celebrated through their rituals. They continue to do so to this day.
The liturgy encourages us to live as if we can see and experience the rewards now! That doesn’t mean that we ignore the bad news we see and hear all around us. It does mean that we do everything in our power to be the voice and hands of God bringing mercy and justice wherever we can.
That brings me to right here, right now! Look around. What does having the elements of the Eucharist on your table say to you?
What does this say to you? What does this liturgical action feel like to you?
To put some backing to this new practice, let’s listen to the Jesuit Bernard Cooke, saying: “While individuals may have specific functions within the assembly, the entire community performs the Eucharistic action. If this is so, then those gathered are the celebrant of Eucharist. It is the community that ”does” the Eucharist. A community encamps, wherever it happens to rest for this moment in time, around the Christ Presence that infuses our communion, vivifying (bringing to life) our One Body. The people of God are taking their rightful place as celebrators of the liturgy in the priesthood of believers.”
Research and archeology have shown us that the Catholic Church ordained women for the ministries during the Eucharist for the first 1200 years of Christianity. Author, Gary Macy, concludes from his research in Middle Ages manuscripts that, in the understanding of the medieval mind, regardless of who spoke the words of consecration – man or woman, ordained or community – the Christ presence became a reality in the midst of the assembly. “
With these thoughts in the background, we now remember Christ’s actions and proceed to perform what he commanded his disciples to continue in his name at his last meal with the women, men and children who were his disciple. Then Jesus he put his life into his Abba’s hands, before he went out to his extreme suffering, death, and two days later, his resurrection.
Maria Thornton McClain, RCWP
The Mass and Soup Supper were held in the 1st Floor Dining Room. The beautiful icon of St. Mary of Magdala is a gift from Don Treadwell and Doug Garcia. Many thanks to Don and Doug!
The liturgy was for the 2nd Sunday of Advent. We sat at round tables with the elements for Eucharist on each table. The soup was delicious, the breads were very tasty and mostly homemade as were the desserts. The people who put it together and spent time setting up and tearing down did a superb job. Congratulations all for a job well done!