Friday, June 5, 2015

Sunday Mass

by José Antonio Pagola (English translation by Rebel Girl)
Buenas Noticias: Blog de Jose Antonio Pagola
June 7, 2015

Mark 14:12-16,22-26

Sociological studies highlight it with convincing data -- the Christians of our Western churches are abandoning Sunday Mass. The celebration, as it has been shaped over the centuries, is no longer able to nourish their faith or link them to the community of Jesus.

What's surprising is that we're letting the Mass "be lost" without this fact causing the slightest reaction whatsoever among us. Isn't the Eucharist the center of Christian life? How can we remain passive, unable to take any initiative? Why does the hierarchy remain so silent and inert? Why don't we believers express our concern more strongly and with more grief?

Disaffection with the Mass is growing even among those who participate in it responsibly and unconditionally. It is the exemplary fidelity of this minority that's sustaining the communities, but can the Mass stay alive only on the basis of protective measures that ensure compliance with the current ritual?

The questions are unavoidable: Doesn't the Church need at its center a more alive and incarnated experience of the Lord's Supper than the one the current liturgy offers? Are we so sure we're doing well today what Jesus wanted us to do in memory of him?

Is the liturgy we've been repeating for centuries the one that can, in these times, best help believers to experience what Jesus experienced at that memorable supper where how and why he lived and died was concentrated, recapitulated, and made manifest? Is it what most can draw us to living as his disciples at the service of his plan for the kingdom of the Father?

Today, everything seems to be opposed to the reform of the Mass. However, it will be more and more necessary if the Church wants to experience vital contact with Jesus Christ. The road will be long. Change will be possible when the Church feels more strongly the need to remember Jesus and live from his Spirit. That's why now too the most responsible thing is not to be absent from the Mass but contribute to the conversion to Jesus Christ.

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