Introit

Introit
Traditional Mass

Saturday, August 11, 2007



THE SACRIFICE OF THE MASS
Continued . . .

35b--WE ARE ACTORS AND NOT SPECTATORS

We are actors, for we have a role to play in the Mass. If we want a striking example of the difference that exists between a simple spectator and a genuine participant, let us imagine a political or patriotic rally, meeting to discuss the choice of a national flag--with or without the Union Jack! ! ! Here we have action and reaction galore--silent or expressed--between chairman and speakers; or the crowd which applauds, hoots, laughs, roars, stamps its feet, jostles its neighbor, etc.; while the curious or indifferent spectator, who has no part in the dispute, will be either "bored stiff," or content to be merely an onlooker.

The same thing holds good for those who have risked their money on the horses. Although the betters do not have the leading role (since that is played by the jockeys and their horses), its the folks in the grandstand who get more excited and who shout louder than the ones on the track. Why? Because they have money on a horse!

Well, we are more than concerned about the mass, for this is the drama of our redemption; because we must bring our share of praise and sacrifice, if we are to give to God the homage due Him, and share in the merits of Jesus Christ.
[From 'Your Mass and Your Life', to be continued . . .]