The Liturgy of the Eucharist embodies everything Jesus stands for and wishes for his followers. For Christians, there can be no separation between liturgy and daily living. During every Mass, Jesus becomes present anew in the elements of bread and wine and in the gathered community. Bread and wine are changed and so are we! This shared encounter with Christ empowers us to be who we are called to be in our daily living: the Body of Christ. We enter into liturgy as followers of Christ and we emerge as a people sent to bring life to all whom we meet.
The words, gestures, postures, music, and elements of the Liturgy of the Eucharist express our belief, draw us into the ever-present action of Christ, and continually form us as a people who desire to put on the mind and heart of Christ Jesus. However, for us to enter into this experience well, we need to pay attention to what we are doing during Mass, understand what we are doing, and participate fully and actively. The liturgy is not a spectator sport!
Sister Dolores Clerico’s presentation and discussion on August 23 is an invitation to take a fresh look at what it means to be gathered and sent as disciples of Christ Jesus, not for ourselves alone, but for the life of the world!