Today and tomorrow the Church does not celebrate the Eucharist. There is that eerie site of the tabernacle lying open. For some reason seeing the doors of the tabernacle wide open and the emptiness of it make me feel uneasy. Perhaps I fear that God has finally deserted us!
During the Good Friday ceromonies, we have a truly beautiful prayer called the "Reproaches," where God has an imaginery conversation with the Jewish people. In it, he lists all that he has done for them and constantly asks, "my people, what have I done to you?" Then he goes o to the next question. The first two reproaches are
- My people, what have I done to you? How have I offended you? Answer me! For I led you out of Egypt: you led your Savior to the Cross.
- For forty years I led you safely through the desert; I fed you with manna from heaven, and brought you to an excellent land; And you led your Savior to the Cross.
When we read this, we think how silly the Jewish people were until we realise that someday the Lord will look directly into our hearts and ask us the same questions to us....showing us in the light of His Glory all the graces and opportunities he gave to us to proclaim him....and how often we failed. Even old prayers can have modern contexts!