Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Divine Liturgy...Informative–Performative–Transformative

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

Dr. Scott Hahn's Covenant and Communion, a reflection on Pope Benedict XVI's collected works is a treasure trove.  As I pondered this ambitious effort, beginning on page 180 this morning, I knew I would be blogging about Our Holy Father's perspective of ultimate Truth. Dr. Hahn starts with the words, "Benedict's vision here is breathtaking..."

He goes on, and I summarize: The actio divina divine action (energeia) of the divine liturgy (Mass) is informative (through Christ's speech), performative (through Christ's active suffering), and transformative (through Christ's gift of love).

This is truly revolutionary.  When we the Mystical Body of Christ begin to fully appreciate our role in the cosmic liturgy we will allow ourselves to be informed (lectio divina); we will perform as co-responsible members (offering our very lives in Mass as befitting our common priesthood); we will be living instruments of the Holy Spirit's tranformative love in the world (constant conversion).

Our quest must be to use all means possible to communicate this truth to the world.

Dr. Hahn ends the section with the explanation:

"Benedict integrates modern rhetorical insights into Scripture, especially speech-act theories with the perspectives of liturgical theology and metaphysics in order to articulate a compelling, bibilically grounded understanding of what truly happens in the divine liturgy."

Sounds like an undivided heart to me...
 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

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