Our lives are changing drastically almost daily. Our church buildings have been closed and we have no access to the normal rhythm of gathering as a community to celebrate Sunday Mass. What do we do in these circumstances? Most of us are focusing on live-streamed Masses. While this experience has its place, our current circumstances provide us with an opportunity to reflect on our ‘Mass Myopia’ and expand our liturgical horizons to consider the wider treasury of the Church’s liturgical prayer and Christ’s presence with us in the ordinary – at the moment extraordinary – circumstances of life. I invite you to open your minds and hearts to consider the following reflection by Nick Wagner. It translates easily to our Australian context. What is the Spirit asking of us in these circumstances?
How did we get to the fourth week of Lent so quickly? Are you beginning to feel renewed? Any changes in your participation in liturgy? Are you changing? What are you hoping for as we move towards Easter? What new life? What light?
And so to the third week of Lent and back to our reflection on our full, conscious and active participation in liturgy and life. How is your journey of baptismal renewal and conversion going? Are you noticing any difference in your participation in liturgy? Is this changing you and how you live your baptism day in and day out?
LITURGY MATTERS: An invitation to participate fully, consciously and actively in the very life of God
Here we are in the middle of the first week of Lent at the start of our six week journey of renewal and conversion. What difference did your reflection on last week’s Liturgy Matters make to your participation in liturgy over the weekend?
Tomorrow is Ash Wednesday which marks the beginning of Lent. Lent is a time to focus on our baptismal life and how we are living our baptism day in and day out. We renew our baptism every time we celebrate the liturgy, especially Eucharist. The depth of that renewal is commensurate to the depth of our participation in the liturgy. Let’s begin to ponder that.
The Season of Lent is almost upon us and parishes and many other groups are busy organising Lenten Groups so they are in ‘ready, set, go’ position by the time Lent starts. The associated promotion of these groups leads me to reflect on whether our Lenten groups gather and pray according to the wisdom of our liturgical year. Let’s reflect together.