We are very good at celebrations. We have defined rituals, practices and traditions that we cling to with tenacity. We celebrate weddings, Baptisms, feasts of saints, holidays, holy days, such as Christmas, Easter, Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and the list goes on. However, the most important celebration for us as Catholics is the celebration of the Eucharist.
While the Eucharistic Celebration is the most important thing we do in the practice of our faith, it is probably the most underappreciated and taken for granted celebration we participate in. To the point, how much time do we spend in preparation for the celebration of Mass? Do we allow enough time to get to Mass on time, or do we feel it’s okay to just walk in at any time? Do we respect the other people who have come to celebrate, or do we enter and leave without regard for the distraction we create for those wishing to hear the Word or engage in prayer? Do we regularly come Late to Mass? Do we regularly leave as soon as we have received Holy Communion?
Each of us needs to answer the questions raised above in order that our Parish celebration of the Eucharist may always be prayerful, reverent and respectful of all who gather with us.
May this time of Summer give us all the rest and relaxation we need. And may we use this quieter time of our year to make sure that what we bring to the regular Celebration of the Eucharist will enhance that celebration.