Sunday, July 05, 2015

Jesus Christ, The Bridegroom II ...Happy are those who are called...

J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R.*
I just found myself pondering a short dialogue
at Holy Mass that relates to the Bridegroom

Behold the Lamb of God, 
behold him who takes away
the sins of the world. 

“Behold” is also an affirmation of fact... [that] contains within it an invitation, to focus on him we are about to receive in Holy Communion. There is, of course, a scriptural allusion here, to John 1:29 when St John the Baptist sees Christ coming towards him and says, Behold the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world”    (

Blessed are those called
to the [wedding/marriage]
of the Lamb

Revelation 19:9, “Then the angel said to me, ‘Write this: Blessed are those who have been called to the wedding feast of the Lamb’.”  So, more importantly, the [missal] change makes it clear that the reference is not directly to the Mass we are celebrating at that moment, but to the heavenly banquet that the elect will share with Christ... We receive the Lord’s Body at Mass precisely that we may be made worthy to sit with him at the heavenly banquet. We can now hope to be there. (

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Lord, I am not worthy
that you should enter under my roof

but only say the word
and my soul shall be healed

...the healing of the centurion’s servant in Luke 7:6-7:
And Jesus went with them, but when he was only a short distance from the house, the centurion sent friends to tell him, ‘Lord, do not trouble yourself, for I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof. Therefore, I did not consider myself worthy to come to you; but say the word and let my servant be healed
 ...the Church considers it important that we identify with the centurion as we receive the Lord in his Body and Blood. It is why this element of the Mass was included in the first place. The centurion’s faith-filled humility is what we aspire to emulate at Communion. The new translation makes this more immediately obvious. This is a case of a good translation giving way to a better one, for pastoral above stylistic reasons. And it is not so incongruous as it sounds: as one commentator has pointed out, tongue partially in cheek to be sure, our mouths have roofs!

Sincerely yours in Jesus through 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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