Sunday, October 1, 2006
In addition to being the first of October, today is the Lord's Day. It is the day on which we commemorate and celebrate the Lord's Resurrection, the cornerstone of our faith as Christians. My we, like many early Christians, believe, say, and live "We can't live without Sundays"! The eucharist makes the Church and the Church makes the eucharist. It is, indeed, the source and summit of our faith. If you're not there, the Body of Christ is incomplete. Remember dear friends, especially as we live in what is very much a ME culture, we don't go to Church for what we get out of it. Now, that isn't to say that we shouldn't get anything of it, or that we never do. But, as Christians, we go for what we bring, what we put into it, especially on behalf of others.
We should always bring gifts, donations for the Church, Christ's Body to continue her ministries. I am the first to admit the music sometimes isn't that great, the preaching can be a bit off-the-cuff and rambling, or cold and canned, but the Lord is there. His fourfold presence is always there: in the gathering of the baptized, in the person of the priest, in the reading of scripture, and in the bread and wine. Notice that your presence helps make the Lord present, you are not extraneous!
Remember, we never receive the sacraments and get nothing out of them. This is, of course, true of eucharist, especially when we receive it worthily.