Liturgical Routine

Every time we gather for Liturgy, we remember and make present the mystery of God's becoming human in Jesus Christ.  The ebb and flow of the liturgical cycle, when participated in fully, deepens and layers our understanding of the Paschal Mystery over and over again throughout our lives as Christians.  However, it is also easy to lose sight of the very depth of the mysteries we are called to contemplate and experience in each and every Liturgy, precisely because of the repetitive nature of the liturgical cycle and our routine participation in the Church’s holy days Liturgy after Liturgy, week after week, season after season and year after year.

It is therefore easy to forget that, through participation in the Liturgy, the Spirit invites us to understand the Paschal Mystery not only in terms of its meaning for the Church as Christ’s Body, but also of its progressive transformation of our lives as members of that same Body.  Every year we are led inexorably into the mystery of our continued growth and transformation through the events of the Incarnation.  Step by step and moment by moment, we are plunged with Christ into the waters of the Jordan at the celebration of his baptism at the end of the Christmas Season, nailed with him to the cross of our alienation from God and one another on Good Friday, and with Christ we emerge, robed in white and full of God’s divinizing grace and power, from the empty tomb at the Easter Vigil. 

The Liturgy enters into our everyday experience of time, transfiguring it into eternity as Christ himself did when in him, God emerged from eternity to enter time 2000 years ago.  Let us gather together week after week and Sunday after Sunday, not out of a sense of dull routine or blind obligation, but rather as sharers in a great and holy mystery in which Christians are lovingly invited to share.  Let us be enthusiastic and willing bearers of the wisdom that through our gathering together in love, God brings us out of "ordinary" time.  Equally importantly, let us ensure that as we go about the business of our everyday lives, we might be bearers for others of that same light which continually transforms us week after week, feast day after feast day and year after year, one eternity-bearing Sunday at a time.