- Sarah Beth Dippel
DAY 19: THE MASS
This Sunday, when so many churches are empty, I can only think of writing about the Mass. Empty churches, does our Lord thirst for His people to come to Him?
I could spend this post telling you about the importance of the Eucharist, which is the source and summit of our faith. And tell you the Mass is heaven on earth, truth, not hyperbole. When we receive the Eucharist, we receive Christ, body, blood, soul, and divinity. But today, I'm feeling a little sad that our bishop has decided to cancel all Masses for our diocese going forward. So I want to focus on what the Mass is to me: a refuge, a place of safety and stability. It is a constant in this ever-changing, and sometimes scary world. The Mass never changes.
A friend that is not Catholic attended a Mass recently. I asked her what she thought of the Mass. (Ok, secretly, I thought she was going to say, WOW!) What she did say was that it was very ritualistic, and she scrunched herself up in sort of an awkward posture. I understood the intended "uncomfortable" vibe from her. I can't help but laugh a little. Yes, the Mass is a ritual. And my little heart yearns for all of that ritual.
I'm not angry with our bishops that have chosen to shutter our churches. I realize they are doing what they feel is necessary to keep their people safe during this time. But I am incredibly sad to lose the piece of my life that I know is the most important. Yes, I know the Lord thirsts for me, just as I thirst for Him, today and every day. He is my living water. #livinglent2