“When the Host is
held on high and a chalice lifted…look up! Look up and see what Mary saw. See a naked man squirming as He bleeds
against a blackened sky; see a battered human body, writhing on a tree,
prisoned there by savage spikes that have torn through Sacred hands and feet;
see thorn-tortured head tossing from side to side as anguished torso labors,
lifts and strains; see the eyes of God roll towards heaven beseeching, as
broken lips blurt out that soul piercing cry: “My God, My God, Why has Thou
forsaken Me?” What is this? This is the Mass. This is Crucifixion. This is what Mary saw at the elevation of
Christianity’s first Mass. This is what you should see at the Elevation
of every Mass!”
(From The Way to God by Father M. Raymond, O.C.S.O.)
"The only ultimate reason for Bethlehem is Jerusalem; the only reason in God's
mind for becoming a Child was so that He might, as man, die on the Cross. In
a word, the mystery of Christmas is the mystery of God's unfathomable love that
wants to suffer. God took on human flesh so that He might be able to endure
pain. That is the mystery of Christmas, the mystery of God's love, in order
that loving, He might endure the Cross.
What is the mystery of the Eucharist? It is the same. You would think that
God's love would have been satisfied with His becoming man and as man living,
suffering and dying for our sins. And having once died, rising from the dead
and returning as man to the Father from whom He came. But no, the mystery of
God's love is that He invented a way of showing His love for us not only by
being with us and near us but God even invented a way of being inside of us.
All of this tells us a lot about what love means.
O Christian soul, what will be your sentiments at the hour of death
with regard to this world and all its perishable goods, vain honors, false
riches and cheating pleasures.Alas! The
world must then end in your regard.It
will turn upside down before your eyes, and you will begin to see the
nothingness of all those things on which you had here set your heart. How will you then despise all worldly honors
and preferences when you see yourself at the brink of the grave, where the worm
will make no distinction between the king and the beggar.How little account, will you then make of the
esteem of men, who then will think no more of you.
The Mass is mystery; it is the summation and
resolution of all the mysteries. It is
the focal point of Mary’s life; the focal point of Christ’s life; the focal
point of the life of every true Christian.
Have you ever assisted at Mass? It is the crucifixion of God. How often
we forget! Rev. M. Raymond, O.C.S.O.