When I really started to listen to the words spoken at mass and really understand what those words meant, the mass took on a whole new meaning for me. One of the most powerful parts of the mass is when I say, "Lord, I am not worthy to receive you. But only say the word and my soul shall be healed."
Uhm hello, how crazy is that! Here I am in my little pew, meshing in with the rest of the congregation and then there I go addressing God personally. Because the truth is, I am so so not worthy to receive the body of Christ. I honestly and truly mean it when I say, "Lord, I am not worthy to receive you." I look back on my week and am overcome with my faults and failings. I am not proud of everything I have done, even just that week! There were times where I sinned against myself, my neighbor, and God. There were so many times where I failed to put Christ and my relationship with him first.
And now I am being presented the body of Christ? I do all of these things and then I am supposed to receive the most wonderful gift of all time? But God, I am SO NOT worthy! And I admit that right then and there to God personally. But the next part is the definition of grace: "But only say the word and my soul shall be healed." My soul is healed by a word. I am forgiven because God said so. And that is overwhelming and wonderful.
What parts of the mass mean the most to you and why?
Until next time,