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In every Mass, we hear the presiding priest say the words of John the Baptist that are quoted in this Sunday’s Gospel message: “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.” To which we reply: “Lord, I am not worthy… but say the word and my soul shall be healed.”
This healing began at the beginning of Mass in the Penitential Rite if we had a sincere attitude of repentance. With this healing, we receive Jesus in all of his humanity and divinity. With this healing, we leave church ready to be like John the Baptist, testifying by word and by the way we live that “now I have seen that Jesus is the Son of God.”
Is Mass that kind of experience for you?
All parts of the Mass contribute to this. Jesus is present in the community as we unite in song. Jesus is present in the Penitential Rite, listening to our sincerity. Jesus is present in the Liturgy of the Word: the Word read and the Word broken open like bread to nourish our spiritual growth, and when the homily is poor or absent, his Spirit preaches to us privately (straying thoughts are often an action of God). And Jesus is present in all the prayers: the ones we offer and those of the clergy.
All of Mass is meant to transform us, prepare us, and send us out from church as witnesses of the true presence of Christ in our world.
Like John the Baptist, we can say: “I did not know him.” In other words: “I saw only bread and wine” and “I was sinful and didn’t realize the damage I had done” and “I was wounded and did not know how to be healed.”
And like John we can add: “Now I have seen and testified that he is the Son of God. The Holy Spirit revealed to me the presence of my Savior in the Eucharist. The Holy Spirit gently exposed my sinfulness and gave me help in overcoming them. The Holy Spirit leads me to the resources that are healing my wounds.”
Last day of the meeting … time to bring together and summarize the wonderful contributions and everything that we have shared since January 8th. Sister Blandine Klien, SC was responsible for […]
How the Congregation of the Mission responded to the needs of early U.S. settlers.
Former Superior General, Fr. Maloney, has spoken of his dreams for the fifth century of the Vincentian Charism. This post is an introduction to his earlier book, "The Dawn of a New Century".
The day began with a panel discussion about the power of the Vincentian charism as revealed in various initiatives developed in distinct parts of the world.
If we are to truly assess our work according to how we are responding to present issues of social justice, then we must look deeper into ourselves, our core values, and the beliefs that we bring to […]
At the United Nations, civil society recently focused on one specific means of warfare—lethal autonomous weapons (LAWS), also known as fully autonomous weapons or, more commonly, “killer […]
Encountering Christ in the Poor
St. Vincent teaches us to see Christ in the poor and suffering, so much so that the poor become our Lords and Masters and we their servants. Read more →
Congregation of the Mission
The Eastern Province is a province of Congregation of the Mission, often known as Vincentian Fathers and Brothers or Lazarists … Read more →
“Be watchful that nothing in your use be damaged or spoiled.” – St. Vincent de Paul – Heavenly Father, create in me a careful spirit that I may treat with respect whatever is mine to use, because ultimately it belongs to the poor.
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Greensboro, NC 27401
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