Mass this morning:
I went to Mass this morning in a neighbouring parish as there was no Mass in my local church. Anyway, while I was there I was struck by two things. The first was the response to the Psalm; “Blessed be God who gives life to my soul.”
I suppose this is something we all take for granted, the fact that life is a gift from God. As I looked around the church there was in front of me an elderly lady with her two grandchildren. I can assure you that there is nothing as lively as two bored children in a chapel. They were reading their little books and chatting away, full of life and happiness, out for the day with their grannie!
But there is also that deeper life that God gives to us, and it is best observed in the very fact that I would even want to go to Mass on a Wednesday morning and that is the ‘divine life’ which God has implanted in our soul at baptism. This is something unique and special, life of a different order from the life of animals and plants.
When we begin to understand the dignity of what it is to share in the divine life we can do nothing other than say “Blessed be God who gives life to my soul.” I thank the Lord for that little bit of understanding I received this morning.
Then, after the readings were over we moved into the Eucharistic Prayer. Our local priest always uses Eucharistic Prayer No II, but today the priest used No III. At the conclusion of that prayer there is a lovely phrase, which again I had never really heard before and which struck me today in a new light, and we have to remember that the Eucharistic Prayer is always addressed to God the Father:
“Through Christ our Lord, through whom you (the Father) bestow on the world all that is good.”
All that is good in the world comes from the Father through Jesus. Now that is a thought to keep us all going for the day, everything good that happens to you this day, comes from the Father through Jesus.
Keep that in mind as you enjoy a nice supper!