Sunday, April 06, 2008

The Second Holy Mass...Emmaus Cathedral of the Cedars

J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R.*

(I feel like the Energizer bunny today...I keep going, and going...)

At our SOLT Liturgy Prep this Friday night I listened to the Gospel and after reflection it hit me...HOLY MASS. I never saw the complete picture before: Procession, Confession, Encounter with the Risen Lord in the Word and Eucharist, sending on Mission...How blind, I still am!

One of our Filipino priests related how this type of the Mass, this Gospel/Sermon on the Road, this revelation of who Jesus is in the totality of Sacred Scripture is what will set our hearts on fire.

And yet there still was no recognition of this visitor who not only knew the happenings that just occurred in Jerusalem, but lived them. No recognition that is, until the scales fell from the eyes of the hosts as they witnessed the Breaking of the Bread, by the real Host, Jesus in the Holy Eucharist.

Volksmarching through the woods of Germany was one of my favorite pastimes during my first Army assignment from 1982-1985. Back then it was a Sunday afternoon hike to appreciate nature.

I think volksmarching might have originated as the return walk of believering families from the Cathedral. Think about it...most traveled on foot and it took a long time, and the woods are everywhere...and cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter...

Jesus traveled those roads too ("for where two or more are gathered") and remember, He liked to talk with Adam in the garden, in the cool of the evening.

Maybe we should all make the journey home on foot for awhile, and rekindle the flame for the TRUTH that is a Person.

Sincerely yours in Jesus and Mary,
Mike Rizzio, SOLT

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* - J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R. stands for: Jesus, Mary and Joseph;
O Beata Trinitas; St. Michael, St. Gabriel and St. Raphael

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