Sunday, November 21, 2010

Just one look, that's all it took...COME HOLY GHOST

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


Let flesh, and heart, and lips, and mind,
sound forth our witness to mankind;
and love light up our mortal frame,
till others catch the living flame.

St. Ambrose of Milan
4th Century

On this Feast of Christ the King let us be moved by the Holy Spirit to consider anew the Holy Sacrament of the Altar, the Holy Eucharist, the Holy Divine Action that saves us.

Light, life and love are bound together in one—three-in-one—in the Holy Eucharist.  Would we expect anything different from our Triune God? 

What is the significance of this? EVERYTHING

Deeply, let us ponder these following triads from Holy Mass.

Holy, Holy, Holy…

Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are filled with your glory, Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord, Hosanna in the highest.

Who is this HE?  The Father? Jesus Christ the Son?  The Holy Spirit?  Or all three?

At the offertory, the Holy Spirit sanctifies our offering in the unbloody holocaust of Holy Mass. Jesus is the eternal High Priest; our prayers are His prayers. Our prayers are united in faith with the three elements—the bread, water and wine—and at this moment, executing His divine power and might, the Holy Spirit ignites the spiritual bonfire and sends its smoke to the Father, who accepts it as He did when Jesus first offered Himself both at the Last Supper and at Calvary. This incense (in a special sense) seeds the spiritual clouds of heaven for the raining down of God’s merciful and just love during Holy Communion.  This incense is key to our understanding Mass.

(Just an aside: consider OT/NT fire and the fact that it is triune. Light, heat and smoke are its constituent parts and each is fire. This can also be said of a nuclear explosion.)

Benjamin Franklin offers the following:

At the epiclesis, the Holy Spirit shrouds the sacred altar in mystery.  He hovers above and veils the eternal moment that breaks through space and time.  Eyes of faith can truly perceive the Holy of Holies that is the Temple of the Holy Spirit.  The OT shekinah light in the tabernacle,  pillar of fire and pillar of cloud prefigure this impending moment just as the Ark of the Covenant prefigures the tabernacles of our Catholic Churches.

(Just as an aside: please call to mind the Shroud of Turin and consider the sign that light irradiation has left us to ponder 2000 years after the Resurrection. New Life in this First Glorious Mystery leaves an exact image of the crucified Body of Christ. Science cannot explain it but there are clues… The speed of light is absolute in a vacuum. It is ever so close to 3 x 10 8 meters/second. Hmmmmm?)

At the consecration, the Holy Spirit mystically streams Light from Light to the altar, two return strokes of spiritual lightning, executed as the Words of Consecration are spoken by the Priest (in persona Christi): “This is My Body.” “This is My Blood.”  The Holy Spirit effects this transubstantiation in silence, as befits the “small still voice” that “blows where He wills.” We mortals mark and in some ways fill this silence with three reverential bells ding-ding, ding-ding, ding-ding.

(Just as an aside: please consider the scientific fact that at 3° centigrade this bell’s sound travels at 333 meters/second. IMHO this is not a coincidence. No, it is a God incidence, pure and simple)

Timeless? Yes   But would it be wrong to say this happens at God’s Perfect Light Speed?

Where there was no life, there is now Jesus’ perfect life: His Body, Blood Soul and Divinity.

And is this not His perfect love...the innocent, blemishless Lamb who lays down His life for the eternal life of the guilty and soiled….His friends.

Now let us consider the following three prayers as one:

1. Our Father– This is “our daily bread,” the Holy Eucharist from this altar, a real memorial of the Last Supper and Calvary. Supersubstantial bread = Body of Christ.

2. Fraction of the Host– The priest breaking and separating the host represents Christ giving up His Spirit while dying on the Cross at Calvary.  “Father into your hands, I commend my Spirit.” We are all taken to the foot of the Cross to receive the outpouring of grace. Body: blessed, broken and given and Blood: New and Everlasting Covenant.

3. Lamb of God–This is the Divine Liturgy in Heaven as recorded in Sacred Scripture. We are part of this Universal and Eternal Mass as we are part of God’s plan.

The next day, John saw Jesus coming to him, and he saith: Behold the Lamb of God behold him who taketh away the sin of the world.  John 1:29

And I saw: and behold in the midst of the throne and of the four living creatures, and in the midst of the ancients, a Lamb standing as it were slain, having seven horns and seven eyes: which are the seven Spirits of God, sent forth into all the earth.  Rev. 5:6

And he showed me a river of water of life, clear as crystal proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the midst of the street thereof, and on both sides of the river, was the tree of life, bearing twelve fruits, yielding its fruits every month, and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. And there shall be no curse any more; but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and his servants shall serve him.  And they shall see his face: and his name shall be on their foreheads. And night shall be no more: and they shall not need the light of the lamp, nor the light of the sun, because the Lord God shall enlighten them, and they shall reign for ever and ever.  Rev. 22:1-5

And I saw no temple therein. For the Lord God Almighty is the temple thereof, and the Lamb. And the city hath no need of the sun, nor of the moon, to shine in it. For the glory of God hath enlightened it, and the Lamb is the lamp thereof. And the nations shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth shall bring their glory and honour into it.  Rev. 21:23-24


( for some perspective on the attack by those who set themselves against God.)

Sincerely yours in Jesus and Mary,
Mike Rizzio

Imitate Mary
Become like Jesus
Live for the Triune God

Seek the Light of Our Lord Jesus Christ
See you on the High Ground!

* - 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

1 comment:

Michael Gormley said...

Great Post!

God bless you