Oh if everyone could rejoice with such passion! Each of us who attain an “Authentic Faith” have been given a great gift — Eternal Life. On top of that, each and everytime we attend Mass, we are blessed, not only to be in the “Real Presence” of Christ, we actually receive him personally!
How do you react when you are in the midst of the Real Presence? Scripture tells us that “Every knee shall bow…” Are you really appreciating the moment, or are you simply going through the motions?
One issue that I personally have with the Modern Roman liturgy is the placement and practice of the “Sign of Peace.” Placed shortly after the consecration and thus transformation of the bread and wine — Jesus is in our midst. Many Churches take this as a time to mingle, greet one another shake hands, and hug. I grieve this action, because at that moment I’d rather be fully focussed on Christ in our midst.
“My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord;
my spirit rejoices in God my savior.
for he has looked upon his lowly servant.
From this day all generations will call me blessed:
the Almighty has done great things for me,
and holy is his Name.
He has mercy on those who fear him
in every generation.
He has shown the strength of his arm,
and has scattered the proud in their conceit.
He has cast down the mighty from their thrones
and has lifted up the lowly.
He has filled the hungry with good things,
and the rich he has sent away empty.
He has come to the help of his servant Israel
for he remembered his promise of mercy,
the promise he made to our fathers,
to Abraham and his children
Mary remained with Elizabeth about three months
and then returned to her home.