Saturdays 4:00 pm
Sundays 8:30 am and 10:30 am
Tuesdays and Thursdays 6:30 am
Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 9:00 am
In this Year of the Eucharist we'll be looking at the many aspects of this central part of our faith; its theology, history, and spiritual power. But perhaps we might begin our reflections with the more superficial aspects of our mass attendance . . . the giving and receiving of hospitality.
Ancient biblical times placed great importance on the inner meaning of "The Banquet". It was a very spiritual affair which bonded families and tribal relationships. Strict rules about hospitality made visible how important were these friendships and how not to offend either as a host or as a guest.
First off, if you were the host, you would make sure that proper invitations were delivered. Guests were greeted at the door with ceremonial hand and foot washings. Per- fume was applied to the head and a kiss was bestowed upon their cheek. The finest food and wine was brought forth on the best table settings available. Everything was arranged so as to honor the guests and the occasion that brought them all together.
There were rules too for those invited to the dinner. Prop- er clothes were required for the occasion. (There was a "wedding garment" to be worn if you came to the reception. Mt. 22:14). The seating arrangements were specially set to honor each guest. Please sit where you are told. And of course a guest was expected to enter into the joyful festivities . . . food, wine, conversation, music . . . as a sign of fellowship with the host whose deepest wish is that "you share my joy!"
These rules of hospitality apply in somewhat simpler form in the wedding celebrations of today. Consider the occasion when you dress your absolute best . . . a wedding right? Why? I think it's a way to "bring our best selves". To add to the brightness of the occasion as best we can. The bible would say we "give glory" to the gathering.
So what about going to Mass? (You knew this was coming didn't you?!) Are there things we do that add "glory" to the Sunday Eucharist? Of course there are.
We are a Catholic faith community blessed with the joy of God’s love. Together we share this love with all who hunger for God’s presence in their lives. We follow Christ who taught us to find God by giving our lives in service to others and gathering to celebrate a Eucharist that welcomes everyone. Join us on this journey!