Continuing Our "Journey of Exploration a Walk Through the Mass"
As Catholic Christians, our search for, our desire for encounters with God is expressed in many ways but centrally in Liturgy (public work), the Mass. We come to church, as Church, to worship, to praise, to thank, to be made holy. [Church - ekklesia (Gk) - Community of the Lord.] "Worship is not an abstract theological definition but something one can only experience in the midst of a congregation. At the center of worship is Jesus who reveals God to us and through whom we make our response…using a variety of emotions, words and actions." (James F. White). When we enter the church we bless ourselves with holy water. Did you know that this is a reminder of our baptism? At the baptism we entered the Church: we were cleansed of original sin; we entered into a new life with Christ; we were named a child of God; we were made a temple of the Holy Spirit. We remember these things as we mark ourselves with the Sign of the Cross, symbol of Jesus sacrificed for us that we might have eternal life in the presence of God. And each time we enter and bless ourselves, we remember our baptism and the wondrous love of God revealed in Jesus. We too are beloved children of the Father. Let us take time to sit with our family and remember each one's baptism! Let us discuss with each other what it mans to us to be baptized.
(taken with permission from Anne Perez, Dir. Religious Ed., Holy Family Parish, St. Petersburg, Fla.)