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Saturday, July 01, 2006

Sometimes Mass is so Great

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Mass of course should always be wonderful. A miracle occurs right in front of our eyes and through the prayers of the Church. But some days its quite special. I live in part of Louisiana that is not very Catholic. We have a small Church but it is a nice one. On weekends like this the out of town Catholics that are vactioning on the lake come in for mass. We have the Saturday Vigil since we share a Priest. I think they like our little spot of Catholicism in this rural Parish. Plus with the holiday weekend, you get to see some people that have come to visit family that one has not seen in ages.

However it was more than that. I think the Readings were quite excellent for this Vigil and Sunday service.

First Reading:Wisdom 1:13-15; 2:23-24
Psalm:Psalm 30:2, 4-6, 11-13
Second Reading:2 Corinthians 8:7, 9, 13-15
Gospel-Mark 5:21-43 or shorter version 5:21-24, 35-43

The first reading was striking, hints of the resurrection and the second reading had a good message too. But the Third reading was something else. So much there. As Catholics, we are of course a Sacramential people. A lot was there how God uses matter and it is holy and full of Grace. Plus by our Faith is often how much benefit we receive from it. Of course Jesus was there breaking social taboo's left and right to heal. He restores life and gives back the life giving capacity to two woman that have more in common than a quick glimpse of scripture would show. Then at the end of raising the girl, Christ goes, Yeah better get her something to eat too. Priceless.

Sometimes the congregation clicks so during the Mass. When people all are sing the Holy, Holy Holy with praise and reverence. One can sense at times that everyone knows what is about to happen on that altar and truly appreciate it. It was a good Mass. I think our many out of town visitors from Texas and South Louisiana thought so too.

Also today (Saturaday) was the memorial of a true American Saint Blessed Junípero Serra. He as responsible for bring Chrisitanity to what is now California. He found several of those missions that are now towns in California. A little know fact but partly through his efforts the possible mass Russian colonization of California was stopped. Anyway, perhaps during this messy immigration debate as we try to find a proper solution perhaps a prayer that he to intercede for us might help- just a thought.


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